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Singapore Poetry

Singapore Poetry, or SP, is our arts and news blog focusing on all things poetic about Singapore and beyond. It began life on October 15, 2013, as an independent website and rapidly attracted a following. On September 30, 2016, it became the official blog of Singapore Unbound.

SP publishes new works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and criticism, as well as Editor’s Picks from published works. The “Special Focus” series trains its sights on the work of a major Singaporean writer. In the first series, we looked at the gardening poems of Leong Liew Geok, reprinted with photographs of her private garden provided by the author. The second series focused on the work of the San Francisco writer Justin Chin, born and raised in Malaysia and Singapore. 

Every April, we hold The Singapore Poetry Contest, for which poetry submissions are sought from non-Singaporeans. The only requirement for submissions is that they include the word “Singapore.” They can, otherwise, be on any theme. 

We are keenly interested in the relationship between literature and the other arts. To explore these connections, SP runs features, interviews, and criticism of Singaporean artists working in theater, performance, dance, design, film, and visual arts. Our annual round-up “My Book of the Year” seeks the opinions of a wide cross-section of the artistic and scholarly community.

It is our hope to cultivate intellectual dialogue not just among Singaporeans, but also between Singaporeans and the wider world. To that end, we publish reviews by Singaporeans of American books and vice versa. Payment is USD50 for a review of 1500 – 2000 words. To get a sense of what we like, read Helaine L. Smith’s review of Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Eric Norris’s review of Wena Poon, and Cyril Wong’s review of Jennifer Tseng and Timothy Yu. They have different styles, but they are all opinionated, specific, and pleasurable to read. If you are new to SP, please inquire first with a published sample before sending us a review. 

We are always looking for excellent creative and critical writing. For enquiries, write to Jee at jkoh@singaporeunbound.