Epigram Books sweeps English fiction category in Singapore Lit Prize

It makes history by being the first to publish all five nominees

Ethos Books' associate publisher Ng Kah Gay (centre) with Singapore Literature Prize nominees (from left) Euginia Tan, Charmaine Chan, Theophilus Kwek and Charmaine Leung. Epigram Books founder Edmund Wee (centre) with authors (from left) Jennani Dur
Epigram Books founder Edmund Wee (centre) with authors (from left) Jennani Durai, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Wong Souk Yee and Nuraliah Norasid.ST PHOTOS: SONG TAO
Ethos Books' associate publisher Ng Kah Gay (centre) with Singapore Literature Prize nominees (from left) Euginia Tan, Charmaine Chan, Theophilus Kwek and Charmaine Leung. Epigram Books founder Edmund Wee (centre) with authors (from left) Jennani Dur
Ethos Books' associate publisher Ng Kah Gay (centre) with Singapore Literature Prize nominees (from left) Euginia Tan, Charmaine Chan, Theophilus Kwek and Charmaine Leung. ST PHOTOS: SONG TAO

First-time nominations dominated the shortlist of the Singapore Literature Prize, which will involve the public for the first time in the biennial award's history.

It was also the first time a publisher swept an entire category, with Epigram Books getting five nominations for English fiction.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2018, with the headline 'Epigram Books sweeps English fiction category in S'pore Lit Prize'. Subscribe