It is second time lucky for author Sebastian Sim, who walked away with $25,000 after winning the third Epigram Books Fiction Prize yesterday.
The office executive, 51, won Singapore’s richest literary prize with his manuscript The Riot Act.
He was a finalist for the inaugural prize in 2015 for comic novel Let’s Give It Up For Gimme Lao!, but lost to O Thiam Chin’s Now That It’s Over.
He said: “I practised being disappointed two years ago, so this year, I decided to lower my expectations. This has been a big surprise and I can’t stop smiling.”