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Singapore Literature Prize to consider non-fiction work

Published on Nov 9, 2012 2:27 PM
The biennial Singapore Literature Prize is given out to the four best books written in the four official languages. Left-right: English category winner Eddie Tay for his book The Mental Life of Cities (Poetry), Chinese category winner Yeng Pway Ngon for his book Hua Shi (Novel) and Tamil category winner Ramanathan Vairavan for his book Kavithai Kuzhanthaikal (Poetry). Merit prize winners: Mr Peter Augustine Goh Mey Teck, Mr Ahmad Jaaffar Bin Munasip, Mr Rohman Munasip and Mr Yazid Hussein. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The Singapore Literature Prize will be open to non-fiction books from 2014.

Announcing this, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said: "This initiative will highlight and recognise the outstanding non-fiction works that our writers have produced, and encourage more writers to step forward with their contributions."

He was speaking at the prize presentation for this year's winners.

Poet Eddie Tay's bilingual collection of poems, The Mental Life Of Cities, reflecting on urban living in Singapore and Hong Kong, received the Singapore Literature Prize in the English category today.

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