SU Fellowship

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.

The award is open to both self-nominations and nominations by the selection committee. 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 as one PDF file to The deadline is May 1, 2017

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 June 2017 and the award ceremony will be held in Singapore in July 2017. The fellow decides, in consultation with Singapore Unbound, on the period of their residency within a year of the award.

Poetry Contest

To celebrate Poetry Writing Month this April, Singapore Poetry is holding its third 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. For a good example, read Vijay Seshadri’s “Light Verse” from his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection 3 Sections.

And here’s another wrinkle: the contest is open to everyone who is 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 Singapore Poetry; non-winning poems will be considered for publication as well. The judge is the curator of Singapore Poetry, Jee Leong Koh. Friends and associates are welcomed to submit. Judging will be based solely on poetic merit. Singapore Poetry reserves 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 Singapore Poetry if your poem is accepted elsewhere. Please email your submission to 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 June 1, 2017. Results will be announced in July and the winning poems published in the run-up to Singapore’s National Day on August 9.