With the humbling theme #WhyWeWrite, the Singapore Literary Prize (SLP) 2020 reminds readers to return to the roots of the craft, to truly examine the realities that move writers to write.
This year features forty-seven nominees across the four categories, and includes works from all four of Singapore’s official languages. The categories were poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, and a new category – Readers’ Favourite. On the 27th of August 2020 – fitting the blueprint of most events during the pandemic – the winners were announced in SLP’s first-ever virtual ceremony.
Within the English category, there were four winners – three out of five of which were female – due to the very first co-win of the English fiction category. Among this year’s winners also includes the very first female and lesbian author to win the English poetry category. Yet another history-making occurrence marked by this year’s SLP. Here are our picks from this year’s English category winners.