Submissions Closed

Closing Date: Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Thank you for your participation. Submissions for this year’s Epigram Books Fiction Prize has closed; the longlist will be announced in September.

Prize winner will receive S$25,000 and a publishing contract
Three finalists will each receive S$5,000 and a publishing contract
Longlisted entries also stand a chance to be published

Submission Guidelines

  1. The work

    1. The submission must be a full-length and original novel.
    2. The submission should have at least 40,000 words; entrants are encouraged to submit works that are 60,000 words or longer. There is no upper word limit.
  1. The manuscript

    1. All manuscripts should be prepared with 1-inch margins on all sides, double-lined spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font and page numbers. Set the page size to A4. Do not justify text, instead align text to the left.
    2. All manuscripts and their copies should come with a cover page. The cover page should include: working title synopsis (50-100 words) and word count. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
    3. Spelling should follow Collins Dictionary (accessible for free at via Please use British spelling.
    4. Do not use the serial comma.
    5. Other matters of style are generally determined according to the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Any specific questions of style should be posed to Epigram Books at
  1. Submission details

    1. The entrant must fill out an entry form (please type; do not write by hand). The form, as well as the manuscript soft copy and a scan of the entrant’s NRIC/passport, must be uploaded to our Submittable form (link below).
    2. Four (4) hard copies of the manuscript are required for each submission. Submissions without hard copies will be considered ineligible. All hard copies must be bound (comb binding) and printed double-sided. Submit the hard copies of the manuscript with a signed print-out of the entry form by registered post or in person to:

Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2017
Epigram Books
1008 Toa Payoh North #03-08
Singapore 318996

    1. We will not entertain other forms of submission.
    2. The organisers and judges shall not be held responsible for manuscripts or collaterals that have been lost or damaged in transit.
    3. Manuscripts and collaterals submitted for this competition will be retained by Epigram Books. Please keep the original for your own reference.
    4. Works can be submitted either by the author(s) or a chosen representative.
    5. Works should adhere to the style and formatting guidelines provided below.
    6. Epigram Books shall acknowledge each entry by email.

Notes on Formatting and Punctuation

  • In general, all formatting should appear in the document as it is meant to appear in the final book. Italics are to be indicated with italics, not with underlining; spaces and spacing should be maintained in exactly the form meant to be seen in print.
  • Do not insert extra lines between paragraphs, except when intended as a section break or matter of style. Paragraph breaks are to be indicated using a simple ‘return’ and then indent (by typing the ‘tab’ key once).
  • Single spaces (not double) after full stops and other punctuation.
  • Most punctuation, and all full stops and commas, are to be placed outside quotation marks, as in British usage. The exception is in dialogue.
  • Ellipses are to be indicated using the automatically formatted, single-character ellipsis provided by Microsoft Word (‘…’), with no spaces on either side. On a Mac, this can be formatted by pressing the ‘option’ button followed by a semicolon, or formatted automatically in Word by typing three full stops without spaces. Do not use four-point ellipses.
  • Dashes are to be formatted as em dashes (‘—’) only, not en dashes (‘–’), with no spaces on either side. The proper em dash character is available either through the ‘Insert/Symbol’ feature in Microsoft Word, or via auto-formatting (i.e., two hyphens ‘–’ placed without spaces between two letters or words should automatically be replaced by an em dash, if your settings are correct).
  • En dashes, not hyphens, are to be used to indicate a date range, as in ‘1914–1918’, with no spaces on either side (i.e., two hyphens ‘–’ placed with spaces between two letters or words should automatically be replaced by an en dash, if your settings are correct).

Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2017 Entry Form Download

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