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Who's in the longlist for EBFP 2020?

The wait is over! In 2018, we announced that our next edition of our Epigram Books Fiction Prize would be open to writers from ASEAN from 2020 onwards.

Since the beginning of the year, authors from all over the region have been submitting their works. Here's a quick look at all of them:

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fter reviewing all of the manuscripts sent our way, we are excited to announce the long-listed writers for the next edition of our Epigram Books Fiction Prize, which will be awarded in 2020. Read on to find out who they are.


Carissa Atrianty, 27, Indonesia. Based in Jakarta, Carissa is an Indonesian graphic designer and writer. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, and worked at a marketing agency in San Francisco. She has contributed to online media such as Vice Asia, Indonesia Mengglobal, Lit Up, The Writing Cooperative and The Junction.

Darren Chen, 22, Singapore. Darren is currently an undergraduate with the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Law. He started writing short-form prose when he joined the Ministry of Education's Creative Arts Programme in secondary school. His other pursuits include diving, sailing, and watching too many movies.

Stuart Adrian Danker, 36, Malaysia. Born and raised in Malaysia, Stuart is a writer who speaks four languages. his varied career has seen him take on various jobs – hairdresser, auditor, roadie, waiter and even insurance agent. He has contributed to Malaysian publications and companies such as New Straits Times, The Star, AirAsia, and Malaysia Airlines.

Joshua Kam, 23, Malaysia. Joshua has spent much of his life flitting between Malaysia and the US. is manuscript draws on his love of Malaysian history and myth and reimagines those pasts – and what it means for the people and their descendants. He is currently pursuing an MA in Southeast Asian studies in Michigan.

Kathrina Mohd Daud, 35, Brunei. Bruneian writer Kathrina holds a PhD in Writing from the University of Manchester and is currently an Assistant Professor in the English Studies programme at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She is the co-founder of the feminist book club @readlikeafeminist, an art critic for The Scoop, and previously published an illustrated short story with Heartwrite Co. 

Sunisa Manning, 34, Thailand. Sunisa was raised in Bangkok by a Thai mother and American father. She went to Brown University and now lives in California. Her writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus and other platforms. She was awarded the Steinbeck Fellowship at San Jose State and the Emerging Writer's Fellowship at the SF Writer's Grotto. She is represented by Brettne Bloom of The Book Group. 

Erni Salleh, 31, Singapore. Erni completed her Masters in Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore where her interest in the colonial maps, art, religion, and ancient kingdoms of the region began. The Singaporean considers herself an antiques aficionado and collects "bits of the past" from all over the world. She is a "travelling librarian" and manages the National Library Board's Mobile Library Services.

Jocelyn Suarez, 29, Singapore. Jocelyn Suarez was born in the Philippines. She was 11 before she read her first work of fiction because her mother only allowed encyclopaedias in the house. She moved to Singapore when she was 15, and now dabbles in spoken word and written poetry. Her poems have appeared in publications such as My Lot Is A Sky, Anima Methodi, the SingPoWriMo anthologies, Dying Dahlia Review and Pressure Gauge Journal.

Suffian Hakim, 33, Singapore. He began a career as a writer and author, contributing scripts to television shows and local magazines, and penning two novels: Harris bin Potter and The Stoned Philosopher and The Minorities. He now writes for local production company Big 3 Media. His story "Sang" was second runner-up in the 2017 Esquire X Montblanc Fiction Writers Prize.

Teo Xue Shen, 21, Singapore. Xue Shen was born and raised in Singapore. It was during his National Service that he started his first novel, 18 Walls, which he based on his army experiences, writing on his phone in his spare time. He is currently a first-year student at the National University of Singapore pursuing a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies. He is also a scoutmaster and an avid fisherman. 

The next winner of the Epigram Books Fiction Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner on January 16, 2020 at Conrad Centennial Singapore. The winner will receive S$25,000, and the three finalists, S$5,000 each. All four manuscripts will also be published.

He/she will be decided by our panel of judges – bestselling author Balli Kaur Jaswal; film-maker Tan Pin Pin; Director of the Division of Humanities at Yale-NUS, professor Rajeev Patke; Mekong Review Minh Bui Jones; and publisher Edmund Wee.

To celebrate this milestone, we are giving a 20% discount for all EBFP books from now till 3rd November; just enter the discount code EBFP when checking out. View our full collection here

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