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Judges for the Epigram Fiction Prize 2021

Wahyuni Hadi.  Arts manager and film curator Wahyuni has had a career of promoting both Singaporean and Southeast Asian cinema for the past 20 years. She is known for heading arts institutions such as Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking and the Singapore International Film Festival. Yuni also edited and published the book, Behind the Camera and co-produced the film Ilo Ilo, the first Singapore film to win the Camera d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Feature Film at 50th Golden Horse Awards. 

Monica Lim. The founder of writing agency Hedgehog Communications, Monica is also a published author and popular kids and education blogger.  Together with her daughter, Monica co-created three popular children's book series—Danger Dan, its sequel Danger Dan and Gadget Girl, and the bestselling non-fiction series, Secrets of Singapore. She also penned the novel, The Good, the Bad and the PSLE, about a mum who has to face the biggest exam in her children's lives. 


Gareth Richards. A former Senior Research Fellow at the University of Malaya, Gareth is the founder of Gerakbudaya Bookshop in Penang,  the only independent bookshop in the Unesco world heritage site of George Town, and Hikayat, a unique arts space. He is also the founder-director of Impress Creative & Editorial, which is involved in diverse areas of the arts, with a focus on all aspects of editorial work for books. 



Prof. Sim Wai Chew. The Associate Professor of English in the School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, is no stranger to Southeast Asian literature. He is the co-editor of Island Voices: A Collection of Short Stories from Singapore and British-Asian Fiction: Framing the Contemporary. He also recently authored an English translation of a Singapore Sinophone novel titled Exile or Pursuit, and his research interests include Postcolonial Literature and Comparative Literature. 


Edmund Wee is the Publisher and CEO of Epigram Books, a Singaporean imprint that champions local literature and writers. Best known for its bestselling graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye and children’s series The Diary of Amos Lee, it has also published landmark translations of novels and short story collections by Cultural Medallion winners, fresh fiction by emerging authors, and republished out-of-print novels for a new generation of readers. For his efforts, he was included in the Straits Times Life! Power List of arts, entertainment and lifestyle players three years in succession.

In 2015, he launched the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in search of the next big Singaporean novel, and announced the inaugural winner, O Thiam Chin. The winning novel, Now That It’s Over, along with the manuscripts of the finalists, were published the following year.