Be a Champion of
Singapore Literature


The Epigram Books Fiction Prize is growing to be Singapore’s most coveted book prize, with a prize pot of $40,000 to support four novelists in bringing their writing to the masses. We created the Prize in 2015 to nurture Singaporean authors both new and established, with the confidence that one or more of these authors may earn that honour for themselves, and for Singaporean Literature.


We would like you to share our passion for good writing, a love of Singapore, and the belief that literature at its best can transform lives. We’re now making our upcoming Epigram Books Fiction Prize novels available for pre-purchase, to be delivered to you as soon as each title is released in 2020.

Why not be a champion of local literature with this special bundle?

The 2018 Winner

Yeoh Jo-Ann

In her novel about how one man deals with the unexpected appearance of someone from his past, Jo-Ann explores the fear of mediocrity and failure that she thinks city dwellers like us often experience. Life is “okay” for her protagonist, Sukhin, but he is isolated from the rest of the community as he chooses not to depend on people. Such a life is borderline dull but she believes that the mundane can sometimes inspire us to step out of it.

As Sukhin connects with someone from his past over cake, Jo-Ann invites you to stop, think and wonder. Whether it be of heavy themes such as how people drift from each other, how we lift and shape and scar each other—whether we mean to or not—and how lonely adulthood can be sometimes; or of a friend or something you’ve eaten recently.

Formerly a features editor at SPH Magazines, Jo-Ann is currently a client operations director with a digital marketing agency. She has also contributed short stories to literary anthologies.

Impractical Uses of Cake

Winner of the 2018 Epigram Books Fiction Prize

Sukhin is a thirty-five-year-old teacher who lives alone. His life consists of reading, working and visiting his parents’ house to rearrange his piles of “collectibles”. He has only one friend, another teacher who has managed to force Sukhin into a friendship by sheer doggedness.

While on an errand one afternoon in Chinatown, he encounters a homeless person who recognises him. This chance reunion turns Sukhin’s well-planned life upside down, and the pair learns about love and sacrifice over their shared fondness for cake.

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The 2018 Finalists

EBFP 2018 Judges Panel

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Epigram Books Award Ceremony 2018

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