SWF 05 - Three Contests And One Text “Assault”


Singapore Writers Festival 2005

~ Text In The City ~

26 August – 4 September


Three Contests And One Text “Assault”


The action has begun even before the Singapore Writers Festival 2005 kicks off officially. The public can begin to get textually involved and stand a chance to win attractive prizes in three exciting contests.  A dynamic graffiti event also offers a sight to behold on the upcoming celebration of the written word in the city.


100-Word Epic Challenge

Vote for your favourite mini-epic on love, desire, passion, and life in the urban context now.  Provocative and intriguing mini masterpieces were submitted in July for the 100-word Epic Challenge and are now open online for the public to choose the winners.  Voting ends on 12 August and results will be announced on 14 August.  The top three entries will be printed on ZoCards for nationwide distribution.  This event is co-organised with ZoCard.


SMS Haiku – Text in the City

The SMS is the perfect canvas for haiku – a terse traditional Japanese poetry form. This competition is now open to the public to compose and submit haikus based on the Festival theme Text In The City via the pervasive mode of communication in the modern city – the SMS.


All entries are to be submitted to the telephone number 963-HAIKU by 20 August.  The public is invited to vote online and over the SMS from 24-27 August for the winning entries which will be posted on online.  Prizes for the top 10 entries include $50 book vouchers sponsored by Kinokuniya Singapore. Winners will be announced on the Festival’s website on 30 August.


Get Intimate with Sing Lit

Turn researcher from 16-24 August in this competition and get to know Singapore literature through the National Library Board Online Repository of Artistic Works (NORA).  Use NORA to answer questions on Singapore literature posted online on the Festival website.  Prizes for the top 10 entries include a $30 book voucher, and a ticket for a market tour with celebrity chef and food writer Kylie Kwong each. All winners will be notified via email on 26 August.  This competition is co-organised with the National Library Board.


Graffiti Attack!

Graffiti artists, armed with cans of spray paint, turn up the heat in the Festival with Text In The City-Graffiti Quotes. These artists descended on Circle MRT Line construction hoardings and painted quotes by writers participating in the Festival.


Spot the quotes at these prominent hoardings around town, namely at the Suntec Station, Dhoby Ghaut Station, Museum Station, Boulevard Station, and Adam Station.  Text In The City-Graffiti Quotes ends on 5 September.