Singapore Prize Winners Announced

This list of prizes, medals and awards including cups, trophies, bowls, badges, state decorations and other awards and honours awarded in Singapore includes Singapore Government awards and national and international organisations’ awards. The Singapore Prize is a biennial literary award presented by the National Book Development Council of Singapore to authors for outstanding published works in Chinese, English or Malay. It serves as the country’s second highest literary prize and is awarded to both fiction and non-fiction works.

A lucky bettor in Singapore has won a $13 million top prize on the New Year’s Day draw of the nation’s second-largest lottery, according to Singapore Pools. The winner, who has not been identified, purchased a $7 Quick Pick ticket at Rangoon Provision Shop located at 681 Race Course Road in the city centre. The win comes a month after another bettor won the $1.3 billion jackpot on the same draw.

Britain’s Prince William has rolled out the green carpet for the winners of his Earthshot Prize, which aims to accelerate solutions to climate change. Celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Lana Condor and actors Donnie Yen and Nomzano Mbatha joined the Prince to present the awards at a glitzy ceremony at Mediacorp Theatre in Singapore.

William wore a dark green suit and dickie bow to coordinate with the thick green carpet that he and other presenters walked for the ceremony. Other attendees sported outfits that aligned with the sustainability theme.

The five winners for the prize, which consists of a catalytic grant worth up to S$1 million, were chosen from among 15 finalists that tackled a variety of environmental issues such as nature protection, clean air and ocean revival. The Prince said the innovative solutions, some of which he called “moonshots”, showed that hope still exists in the face of climate change.

In the poetry category, two directors of the Singapore Writers Festival – Yeow Kai Chai and Pooja Nansi – made the shortlist. The writers in the English creative non-fiction category included first-timer Daryl Lim Wei Jie and Jee Leong Koh. Two nonagenarians – Wang Gungwu, who celebrates his 92nd birthday next month and Tamil writer Rmaa cureess – were also shortlisted.

Kishore Mahbubani, senior advisor (university and global relations) at NUS, told reporters that there could be plans to expand the prize to include other mediums such as movies, comic books and more. Taking the 12 Years A Slave movie as an example, he said: “History can sometimes be told more effectively through different forms.” The winners for the 2022 Singapore History Prize will be announced on January 22. The winners for the 2023 Singapore Literature Prize will be announced on March 21. Both prizes are administered by NUS Press. The winning works will be published by the publisher. The NUS Singapore History Prize is the first of its kind in Asia to honour an individual’s contribution to writing about the past and advancing public awareness and understanding of history through written work.