Singapore Prize 2023 Winners Announced

The Singapore Prize is an annual award presented to books or essays which have made an important contribution to our understanding of Singaporean history. Established by the NUS Department of History in 2014, this Prize is open to works written in English from creators from any nationality and published with English text.

Winners of this prize will receive a cash prize, an exclusive trophy and a yearlong subscription to audiobook platform StoryTel. In addition, they will take part in a four-week program curated by Vogue with global experts on design, digital innovation, branding and business models; 2023 winners will also get to showcase their work at Earthshot Week Singapore with investors and potential partners from around the globe present.

On Monday evening, The Earthshot Asia Breakthrough Prize ceremony hosted its inaugural awards ceremonies and saw over 63 teams from Singapore and beyond present their innovative solutions to reduce poverty in Singapore and beyond. GenZero and Temasek Trust provided strategic partners that provided funding, mentoring, access to potential investors/business partners as well as resources that supported team ideas to develop further.

WOHA’s Kampung Admiralty project, which won first prize in the Residential category, was intended to address the challenges associated with an ageing society by creating social spaces for seniors as well as making communities more accessible for people with mobility or health issues. This 104 home complex contains two 11-story high blocks which feature gardens, terraces and an updated version of an old hawker center – qualities the prize jury applauded this project for “reaching out to those who need it most”.

Each category winner will receive a cash prize of S$3,000 and an elegant, custom-crafted trophy, in addition to being invited to take part in a four-week programme designed by the magazine which includes boot camps with laureate speakers as well as mentorship sessions to help improve their businesses. In addition, three finalists in eight of the 12 categories will each be granted funding from Singapore Economic Development Board.

Ali bin Salim, Daryl Qilin Yam, Pan Zheng Lei (Pan Cheng Lui), and rma cureess emerged victorious to secure the Readers’ Favourite prize with over 4,000 voters casting ballots. Each winner will be presented with S$3,000 cash, an original hand-crafted trophy and 12-month subscriptions to StoryTel from StoryTel; other five finalists in their category will each win S$25,000 worth of prizes from Singapore Economic Development Board while five more finalists will each take home S$25,000 worth from Singapore Economic Development Board prizes; all winning authors will also receive offers to publish through Epigram Books where they can collaborate with editors in turning their work into books as well as having it translated into another language by Epigram Books.