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By The Book: Epigram Unveils Judging Panel For Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2021

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Organised by Epigram Books, the Epigram Books Fiction Prize is one of Singapore’s most well-known literary prizes since their launch in 2015. Accepting unpublished manuscripts from citizens and permanent residents of Southeast Asian countries, winners and shortlisted finalists not only receive a cash prize; they also receive a publishing contract with Epigram Books for their manuscript.

Epigram Books has announced its panel of judges who will be reading through the submitted manuscripts, and will comprise Wahyuni Hadi, the executive director of the Singapore International Film Festival; Monica Lim, author of the Danger Dan series and the founder of writing agency Hedgehog Communications; Gareth Richards, the founder of Gerakbudaya Bookshop in Penang; Prof. Sim Wai Chew, Associate Professor of English in the School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University; and Edmund Wee the publisher and founder of Epigram.

“We’re very honoured that Wahyuni, Monica, Gareth and Prof. Sim, have agreed to be on the panel of judges,” says Edmund. “They all have a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to storytelling and stories from the region—albeit in different formats. We are all quite excited to see what new stories Southeast Asia has in store and are looking forward to reading them.”

To take part in the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, participants must be citizens or permanent residents of a Southeast Asian country, and must submit an unpublished manuscript in the English language by 1st August 2020. The winner will receive SGD25,000 and a publishing contract, while three other shortlisted finalists will each receive SGD5,000 and a publishing contract. For more information, visit their website here

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