The 5th Singapore Poetry Contest
Deadline: July 15, 2019
Awards: USD100, 50, and 20.
No entry fee.
Singapore Unbound’s SP Blog is holding its fifth annual poetry contest. We are looking for poems that include the word “Singapore” (or its variants) in some creative manner. The poems do not have to be about Singapore; in fact, we prefer it if the poems are not about Singapore. They just have to use the word “Singapore” in a way significant to the poems’ own subject and method. Read the winners of last year's contest for fine examples.
And here’s another wrinkle: the contest is only open to poets who are NOT a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident in Singapore.
Awards of USD100, 50, and 20 will go to the top three winners. The winning poems will be published on SP Blog; non-winning poems will be considered for publication as well. The judge is the editor of SP Blog, Jee Leong Koh. Friends and associates are welcomed to submit. Judging will be based solely on poetic merit. We reserve the right not to make any or all awards, should the quality of entries not merit them.
Contest entry is free. Please submit a maximum of three poems. Only unpublished poems will be considered. Posting on weblog, Facebook, and other social media does not constitute publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, provided you inform SP Blog if your poem is accepted elsewhere. Please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. The poem(s) must be pasted into the body of the email, together with a short cover letter giving your name, mailing address, and brief biographical note.
The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2019. Results will be announced in August and the winning poems published in the run-up to Singapore’s National Day on August 9.
2nd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Entry Fee: USD10
The Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize is awarded annually to an unpublished manuscript of original Anglophone poetry by an author of Asian heritage residing anywhere in the world. The winner receives book publication and USD1,000.00.
The prize judge is the poet, essayist, and critic Vijay Seshadri. Born in India, Vijay came to the USA at the age of five. He is the author of Wild Kingdom (1996); The Long Meadow (2003), which won the James Laughlin Award; and 3 Sections (2013), which won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He has worked as an editor at the New Yorker and currently directs the graduate non-fiction writing program at Sarah Lawrence College.
Five finalists will be announced in July 2019, and the prizewinner in August 2019. The winning manuscript will be published in Spring 2020 by Gaudy Boy, an imprint of the NYC-based literary nonprofit Singapore Unbound.
Established in 2017, Gaudy Boy publishes poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction of extraordinary merit by Asian voices. Our name is taken from the poem “Gaudy Turnout” by Singaporean poet Arthur Yap about his time abroad in 1970s Leeds, UK. From the Latin “gaudium,” meaning joy, Gaudy Boy seeks to delight our readers with the various powers of art.
1. The contest is open to emerging and established poets.
2. No proof of Asian heritage is required. As writers ourselves, we go by honor between writers.
3. Submit a 50–100-page unpublished manuscript of original poetry in English. Please number the pages of your manuscript. Include a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgments page for any previously published poems.
4. Email Jee Leong Koh at email@example.com with a brief cover letter in the body of your email and the poetry manuscript attached in PDF or MSWord format.
5. Your name, mailing address, and email address should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. Instead, they should be given in your cover letter in the body of your email.
6. Submit your entry fee USD10.00 at PayPal to Jee Leong Koh (firstname.lastname@example.org). We cannot consider your manuscript until we receive your entry fee. Your entry fee helps us defray some, but not all, of the editorial costs. We have set the entry fee low so it will not be too much of a barrier for most people. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
7. You may submit more than one manuscript, but a separate entry fee must accompany each manuscript.
8. You may submit the manuscript elsewhere simultaneously, but you must notify Gaudy Boy immediately if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher.
SU Fellowship (Thailand)
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Award: S$5, 000
The goal of the Singapore Unbound Fellowship (Thailand) is to cultivate literary talent and encourage literary achievement by immersing a promising Singaporean author in the cultural life of Thailand. Home to an independent literary community, a trailblazing filmmaking scene, a vibrant religious and political culture, and unspoiled natural beauties, Thailand offers Singaporean writers a stimulating environment for considering the role of a writer in society as well as a strong comparative perspective for creative writing.
The fellowship, worth S$5000, is awarded to an author who demonstrates great promise and who will benefit significantly from a stint in Thailand. They may work in any creative genre and language, but must be a long-term resident of Singapore who plans to return there after the fellowship period.
Upon acceptance of the fellowship, the recipient will reside in a place of their choice for two continuous weeks, working on their own writing project. They will also initiate one cross-cultural language or writing activity, which may take any form they wish, such as learning Thai or conducting oral interviews for an article or, more ambitiously, working with a Thai writer to translate a literary work. Other imaginative proposals are welcomed. The fellow is otherwise at liberty to decide on the best use of their time. No report at the end of the residency is required.
The fellowship covers airfare, accommodation, meals, and other expenses. If the fellow decides to go to Bangkok, they have the option of staying at The Writing Cottage, run by a fellow Singaporean writer, at S$100 a night. All travel and living arrangements are to be made by the fellow. Half of the fellowship will be paid at the beginning of the residency and the other half at its successful completion.
Interested persons should submit a CV, a creative work of 10 pages, and a letter of 500 words explaining the benefit of the fellowship to their writing, and their proposal for the cross-cultural language or writing activity. If the submission is not in English, it must be accompanied by an English translation. These documents are to be sent in one PDF file to Jee at email@example.com. The deadline is February 28, 2018.
The selection committee comprises three individuals, who are either literary practitioners or close observers of Singapore’s literary development. The award will be announced in April 2018. The fellow decides, in consultation with Singapore Unbound, on the period of their residency, which must be taken up by October 31, 2018.
SU Fellowship (NYC)
Deadline: March 15, 2019
The goal of the Singapore Unbound Fellowship is to cultivate literary talent and encourage literary achievement by immersing a promising Singaporean author in the cultural life of New York City. Home to trailblazing writers and literary organizations, exciting theater, innovative art, and diverse communities, New York City offers a stimulating environment and powerful inspiration for creative writing.
The fellowship, worth USD5000, is awarded to an author who demonstrates great promise and who will benefit significantly from a stint in NYC. They may work in any creative genre and language, but must be a long-term resident of Singapore who plans to return there after the fellowship period.
Upon acceptance of the fellowship, the recipient resides in New York City for two continuous weeks, working on a writing project and experiencing the vibrant life of the city. They participate in one literary event organized by Singapore Unbound, which may take the form of a public reading, panel discussion, or school visit. The fellow is otherwise at liberty to decide on the best use of their time. No report at the end of the residency is required.
The fellowship covers airfare, accommodation, meals, and other expenses. The fellow makes their own travel and living arrangements. Half of the fellowship will be paid at the beginning of the residency and the other half at its successful completion.
Interested persons should submit a CV, a creative work of 10 pages, and a letter of 500 words explaining how the fellowship would benefit them. If the submission is not in the four official languages (Malay, Chinese, Tamil, and English), it must be accompanied by an English translation. These documents are to be sent in one PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is March 15, 2019
The first fellow was playwright Nur Sabrina bte Dzulkifli, selected by Constance Singam, Philip Holden, and Tan Dan Feng. Sabrina took up her residency in NYC in April 2018. The second fellowship was awarded to filmmaker Jason Soo, who will take up his residency in Thailand this year. He was selected by Alfian Sa’at, Kirsten Han, and William Phuan. Applications for the third fellowship will be judged by Sonny Liew, Seelan Palay and former fellow Nur Sabrina bte Dzulkifli.
The award will be announced in June 2019 and the award ceremony will be held in Singapore in July 2019. The fellow decides, in consultation with Singapore Unbound, on the period of their residency within a year of the award.
Publicity Internship (2019)
Based in NYC, Gaudy Boy LLC is an exciting new indie press publishing voices of Asian heritage, from Asia and America. We are the publishing arm of the literary non-profit Singapore Unbound.
We are seeking a bright and enthusiastic individual for a one-year publicity internship—we are looking to establish and grow our publicity outreach in our very first year of operation. This internship offers a rare opportunity to be involved with a new press and to gain valuable hands-on experience in community outreach, arts marketing, and public relations.
Applicants must be able to commit to at least 10 hours a week for a year.
Job responsibilities include:
Pitching books to news outlets and book review editors via email blasts and physical book mailings in a timely fashion
Responding to review queries in a timely fashion and planning follow-ups to those who have not responded
Building rapport and good relationships with media contacts
Maintaining and growing a media contact list
Helping to plan social media campaigns and handling postings
Brainstorming ideas for features, interviews, reviews, etc. of the press, author, and book.
The intern should be eager to jump in, excited to learn, and able to take initiative. They should be able to build rapport, work independently and collaboratively, stick to deadlines, and not be afraid to pursue new contacts. They should have a good grasp of social media and strong email skills.
Previous experience in publishing is not required, although demonstrated passion for fine literature is essential. The internship is open to all students residing in New York City. Applicants must be pursuing a degree or be a recent graduate.
Please send the following in one PDF file to Jee Leong Koh at email@example.com: (1) Cover letter, (2) CV, (3) Your social media accounts, and (4) Three posts from your most recent literature-related social media activities.
Community Outreach Manager
(Now to end of October, 2018)
Based in NYC, Singapore Unbound is a literary non-profit dedicated to bringing together Singaporean and American authors and audiences for in-depth conversations about literature and society. We believe in Freedom of Expression, Equal Rights for All. To fulfill our mission, we organize the biennial Singapore Literature Festival in NYC. The third festival will be held this year from October 4-6, 2018, at the National Black Theater in Harlem. It will feature authors from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Singapore Unbound is seeking a bright and enthusiastic volunteer to be the festival’s Community Outreach Manager. The ideal candidate knows, or is eager to find out, the civic, community, and educational organizations in Harlem and initiates contact for collaborations, partnerships, and audience building. This position offers a rare opportunity to be involved with an impassioned literary non-profit and to gain valuable hands-on experience in community outreach, arts marketing, and public relations.
Applicants must be able to commit to 8 hours a week from now to end of October.
Job responsibilities include:
Research and help decide on outreach to the most suitable organizations
Initiate contact and introduce Singapore Unbound and the festival
Listen to the needs and desires of the organizations
Help decide on the mode of collaboration that best suits Singapore Unbound and the organization
Work out a practical plan for collaboration before the festival
Implement the plan during the festival.
The Manager should be eager to jump in, excited to learn, and able to take initiative. They should be able to build rapport, work independently and collaboratively, stick to deadlines, and not be afraid to pursue new contacts. They should have strong email skills.
Previous experience in community outreach, in Harlem or elsewhere, is preferred but not essential.
To apply, please send a cover letter and your CV in one PDF file to Jee Leong Koh at firstname.lastname@example.org.