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All-female shortlist for Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2018


Epigram is pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s Epigram Books Fiction Prize (EBFP).

For the first time, the shortlist is an all-female group. They are, in alphabetical order:

Lu Huiyi, 28. Huiyi was a school teacher for four years, and an amateur playwright. She graduated in English Literature from the National University of Singapore and is currently pursuing a post-graduate course in the Singapore Management University.

May Seah, 33. May is a senior digital lifestyle journalist with Channel NewsAsia. She graduated with Honours in English Literature from the National University of Singapore.

Anittha Thanabalan, 29. Anittha is a freelance writer and an English Literature tutor for A-Level and O-Level students. 

Yeoh Jo-Ann, 36. Jo-Ann was a features editor at SPH Magazines. She has contributed short stories to literary anthologies such as In Transit, We Are Family and The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Vol 3. She is currently a client operations director with a digital marketing agency.

"This year's finalists are all under 40 years old," said Edmund Wee, publisher and CEO of Epigram Books, and one of the judges on this year’s panel. "It's a wonderful indication of the level of interest in writing out there. Congratulations to all four of them."

The other judges are award-winning author Suchen Christine Lim; Professor Rajeev Patke, director of the Division of Humanities at Yale-NUS College; and Linda Locke, author and CEO of Godmother Consulting.
The winner of the EBFP will be announced at an award ceremony and gala dinner on November 22, 2018, at the Junior Glass Ballroom, Conrad Centennial Singapore. The winner will receive $25,000, and the three finalists, $5,000 each. All four manuscripts will also be published. 
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