Winner thought it was a joke when told she won

Suchen Christine Lim won the Singapore Literature Prize in 1992 - the first winner - for her novel, Fistful Of Colours.
Suchen Christine Lim won the Singapore Literature Prize in 1992 - the first winner - for her novel, Fistful Of Colours.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

When she learnt she had won the first Singapore Literature Prize in 1992, Suchen Christine Lim was in shock.

"I remember asking the person on the telephone: Are you sure? This is not a joke?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2018, with the headline 'Winner thought it was a joke when told she won'. Print Edition | Subscribe