Established in 2015, the Epigram Books Fiction Prize (EBFP) was initiated to promote contemporary Singapore creative writing and reward excellence in Singapore literature. Since 2020, the EBFP has been open to writers from Southeast Asia.
Writers must be citizens and permanent residents of Southeast Asia. Each submission must be a full-length, original and unpublished manuscript of at least 40,000 words, written in the English language. Translated works are also allowed, although terms and conditions apply.
CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the
2021 Epigram Books Fiction Prize
Congratulations to Meihan Boey and Sebastian Sim, the joint winners of the 2021 Epigram Books Fiction Prize!
This is the first time that joint winners have been announced in the history of the Prize and the first time a writer has won the prize twice. The winners were announced on 16 January 2021 during a virtual ceremony.
The winners each receive S$15,000. The other finalists will each receive S$5,000.
The winning and shortlisted manuscripts will all be published in the second half of 2021.
Meet the Judging Panel for the 2021 EBFP
It includes one of Singapore's bestselling authors, a respected literary academic, the executive director of one of the most renowned film festivals in the world, and a seasoned book retailer whose passion for Southeast Asian is undeniable.
Support your local authors!
We know you share our passion for good writing and the belief that literature, at its best, can transform lives. We’re now making our upcoming Epigram Books Fiction Prize novels available for pre-purchase, which will be delivered to you as soon as each title is released.
This gives you four (4) books from the 2021 Epigram Books Fiction Prize—the winning novel and three shortlisted novels, all with personalised messages from their authors.
This contains the eight (8) books from the 2021 Epigram Books Fiction Prize—the winning novel and three shortlisted novels, all with personalised messages from their authors; as well as four other handpicked titles from the EBFP series.