The Singapore Prize is an award that recognizes the best work of fiction, non-fiction and poetry published in English or Chinese that relates to Singapore. It is one of several awards that are given by the Singapore Book Council, an organisation that aims to promote literary culture in Singapore.
The prize is given to works that have helped Singaporeans understand their country more deeply and whose author has demonstrated the ability to convey that understanding to a wide audience. In recent years, it has been awarded to a number of books that have made significant contributions to Singapore’s history and culture.
In order to qualify, a work must have been published in either English or Chinese within the past two years and be available in print form. The winning works can be fiction or non-fiction and should have a substantial impact on the public’s understanding of Singapore.
A panel of judges including a distinguished fellow from the NUS Asia Research Institute, Kishore Mahbubani, will choose the winner. He argues that a common imagination, particularly in history, is critical to the strength of nations.
This year’s award was presented to the team from WOHA Architects for Kampung Admiralty, a housing complex for senior citizens that features 104 apartments divided across two 11-story blocks. It has been designed to foster inter-generational bonding and promote active aging.
According to the architects, Kampung Admiralty “is an expression of the spirit and heritage of Singapore. It reinterprets Singapore’s history through the design of public spaces, community space and a series of stacked buildings which create an ensemble of housing complexes.”
While this is not the first time that a Singapore-based firm has won the WAF title, it is the latest in a string of community or public architecture projects to win the prize. Other winners include a post-earthquake reconstruction project in China’s Yunnan province, and an extension to the National Museum in Szczecin, Poland.
As a result, it is a good idea to check out the rules of any given prize before entering the competition. Generally, prizes are only allowed to be offered in a manner that is not prohibited by law.
For example, prize promotions and contests are not considered gambling in Singapore and are therefore legal. However, they may be subject to taxation.
In addition, the prize does not impose an psychological pressure on participants to buy goods or services advertised as part of the promotion. This is an important consideration because, as with many other countries, Singapore has some laws that govern gambling and impose a tax on such activities.
Whether you’re looking to win a big prize or just want to enjoy the thrill of winning, Singapore has a lot of things to offer. From the Singapore Prize to the many other exciting awards available, it’s a great place to study and explore! And with so many things to see and do, you’ll be sure to fall in love with this vibrant city-state!