Established in 2015, the Epigram Fiction Prize (EFP) was initiated to promote contemporary Singapore creative writing and rewards excellence in Singapore literature. From 2020 onwards, however, the EFP is open to writers from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

The winner will receive SGD25,000 and a publishing contract. Three other shortlisted finalists will receive SGD5,000 and a publishing contract. Writers may start sending in their manuscripts for the 2020 edition. It is open to writers who are citizens and permanent residents of the ASEAN countries.

The closing date is 1 August 2019.

Each submission must be a full-length, original and unpublished novel-length manuscript written in the English language. Translated works are also applicable, however, terms and conditions apply (click the 2020 Rules tab for more details).

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EFP 2020 Judges Panel


The 2018 Winner and Finalists

Epigram Award Ceremony 2018

Impractical Uses of Cake

Winner of the 2018 Epigram Fiction Prize

Sukhin is a 35-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.