The singapore prize is a biennial award that recognises the best in Singapore book publishing. The awards are organised by the Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA), with categories for literary works, education titles, professional titles and children’s books, as well as a range of non-fiction categories. There is also a prestigious Book of the Year title chosen from subsidiary award winners.
The winner of the singapore prize is awarded a trophy and a cash grant of $3,000. The prize money is used to fund research, editing, design and production for the winning publication. In addition, the winning book is promoted in the national media and at international events. The singapore prize is open to all publishers in Singapore and is judged on the basis of the quality of the work, the design of the book, the cover and other visual elements, and the writing.
In the past, the singapore prize has been dominated by foreign-language publications, but in recent years more local writers have clinched the prize. For the 2023 award, seven of the 12 winners are first-time winners, with a mix of established and emerging authors. Tamil writer rma cureess clinched two awards, in the Readers’ Favourite Tamil and the coveted Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) category.
Prince William visited Singapore this week for the third annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony, which honors inventors and entrepreneurs whose technologies can combat climate change. The prize, which the prince launched in 2020, is intended to inspire optimism around the urgent challenges facing our planet and to reward innovative solutions that can make a lasting impact.
During his trip, the heir to the British throne met with local groups that are helping to protect and restore our environment. The prince also met with business leaders to discuss how they are using technology to solve global environmental problems. He viewed the world’s largest indoor waterfall, which was lit green to mark his arrival, at Changi Airport.
He also heard from a number of winners at the event, including an eco-friendly company that recycles lithium batteries and a program to end illegal fishing. The prince said that he was inspired by their work and commitment to repairing our planet.
During the event, the prince unveiled five category winners, who each received catalytic funding of up to $1 million to scale their environmental solutions. The winner of the entrepreneurship category, which is supported by Temasek Trust and GenZero, was Boomitra, a company that uses artificial intelligence to help fishers find sustainable fishing practices and improve their productivity. Another winner, Accion Andina, is working to protect native high Andean forest ecosystems for their benefits to nature and millions of people in the region. Another entrepreneur, GRST, helps businesses and cities switch to renewable energy. The other winners were S4S Technologies, WildAid Marine Program and Tectonic Laboratories. The prizes were awarded by the heir to the British throne, Prince William, along with conservationists and entrepreneurs. The awards are part of the Prince’s Earthshot Initiative, a project that aims to promote innovative solutions and technologies to tackle climate change.