Writing Competition Hits Record Entries


NAC-SPH Golden Point Award 2003


Presentation Ceremony




 27 August 2003 (Wednesday) 


 6.30 pm


 Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel Ballroom


Dr Two Ho Pin

 Mayor of North West District

 MP for Hollant-Bukit Panjang GRC


A record 929 entries from 704 participants were received for the NAC-SPH Golden Point Award 2003.  Compared to the 2001 competition, the number of entries and number of participants has increased by 22% and 28% respectively.  The increase in entries is also the highest achieved since the competition started in 1993.


The biennial NAC-SPH Golden Point Award is the only national writing competition that invites entries in any of the four official languages - English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.  The number of entries submitted in each of the four languages posted increases, the highest was received for the English category.


Winners of the NAC-SPH Golden Point Award 2003 will receive their awards at the prize presentation ceremony on 27 August, which is also the closing highlight of the Singapore Writers’ Festival 2003.  Coming from diverse backgrounds, they include students, a mechanical engineer, a technician, a designer, homemakers and teachers.  A list of the winners is available in Annex A.


“The enthusiastic response to this year’s competition is indicative of the burgeoning local creative writing scene.  Many of the entries recounted personal experiences in recent events or dealt with local subjects and issues close to our hearts, which many Singaporeans can easily identify with.  We hope the winners will continue to share their experiences and passion in writing, so that more people will be inspired to produce works that reflect the spirit of our times and culture, and enhance the richness of local literature,” said Leen Kim Swee, Director (Arts Capability Development), National Arts Council.


“As the main sponsor of the event, we are heartened to note the overwhelming response to this year's Golden Point Awards which attracted a record number of entries.  This is a testimony to the growing interest in writing, especially among the younger Singaporeans. We are delighted to be part of this happening and creative literary event,” said Irene Ngoo, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Relations, Singapore Press Holdings. 


The competition is organised by the National Arts Council and sponsored by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) for the sixth time.  It aims to promote the art of creative writing, encourage talents to strive for the highest level of literary skill and create a conducive environment for creative thinking and literary expression in Singapore.


The following prizes will be awarded to both categories of short story and poetry:

1st Prize $4,000 cash, certificate, trophy and $6,000 enrichment grant


2nd Prize $3,000 cash & certificate


3rd Prize $2,000 cash & certificate


Honourable Mention $500 & certificate


The enrichment grant for 1st Prize winners, which was introduced in 1997, will help writers further their skills through literary undertaking such as participation in writing seminars, workshops and literature festivals overseas. 


Interviews with the winners can be arranged.  You are also cordially invited to attend and lend coverage to the presentation ceremony of the NAC-SPH Golden Point Award 2003.


Kindly RSVP your attendance using the reply slip in Annex D by 26 August (Tuesday).



  • Annex A: NAC-SPH Golden Point Award 2003 Winners
  • Annex B: Panel of Adjudicators
  • Annex C: Presentation Ceremony Programme & Reply Slip