Singapore Prize Shortlist Announced

In Singapore, there are various ways to win prizes. Among the most popular is 4D, a lottery game that gives players a chance to win cash prizes by choosing a 4-digit number from 0000 to 9999. This lottery game is available at any of the authorised Singapore Pools outlets. You can place a 4D roll entry, system entry, or iBet entry to participate. In addition, you can also choose to bet on a 4D jackpot.

The Singapore Prize is awarded for publications that make a significant impact on the understanding of Singapore history, with a broad focus on the past. The award was created in 2014 and is administered by the Department of History at NUS. The Prize is open to any book-length work in English that makes a substantial contribution to Singapore history. The book may focus on any time period, theme, or field of study. The Prize will be awarded every three years and is based on an open, competitive nomination process.

Among the books on this year’s shortlist for the Singapore Prize are Seven Hundred Years: A History Of Singapore (2019) by Kwa Chong Guan, Tan Tai Yong, Peter Borschberg, and Derek Heng; Sembawang (2020) by Kamaladevi Aravindan; State Of Emergency (2017) by Jeremy Tiang; and Imperial Creatures (2019) by Timothy P. Barnard. A biography of Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, is also in the running. The judges – chaired by NUS Asia Research Institute distinguished fellow and historian Kishore Mahbubani, who mooted the Prize in a 2014 column for The Straits Times – say they are drawn to works that forgo the traditional view of history as a record of big movers and shakers.

The Prize winners were announced at a ceremony at the National Museum of Singapore, with the main winner receiving a monetary prize and an engraved trophy. Five other winners received a special mention and two won the audience’s choice award. A sixth shortlisted work will be screened at the World Interiors Expo 2023 in November.

This year’s prize ceremony was marred by controversy after poet Grace Chia, whose book Cordelia was shortlisted for the English Poetry category but did not win, accused the Prize of sexism. In a speech at the awards ceremony that she later removed from Facebook, she said that the “fact that a prize so coveted has been apportioned to two male narratives of poetic discourse reeks of privilege and affirmation”. A day after the prizes were announced, the Prize panel responded to her remarks in an open letter.