NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2020

NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2020 - OPEN CALL (COMING SOON)
The Poetry Festival Singapore, formerly known as National Poetry Festival, is calling for the submission of previously unpublished poems to the National Poetry Competition 2020. This competition is open to permanent residents and citizens of Singapore.

Theme for 2020 : TBA
Deadline: TBA

FAQ and guidelines to submission: TBA

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NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2018

NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2019 

FINALISTS 

The results of the National Poetry Competition 2019 are out! View the results and read the winning poems here.​


Click here to view 2018 winners & finalists' poems
Click here to view 2017 winners & finalists' poems

TAMIL LANGUAGE 
19 Years Old & Above Category

"Urumaatram" by Thameem Ansari

"Metamorphosis" by Chitra Ramesh

"தோற்றமும் மாற்றமும்" by Meenatchi Shanmugam

15 to 18 Years Old Category

"இறக்கை மொழியும் மெய்மை" by Anjali Elankovan

 

10 to 14 Years Old Category

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CHINESE LANGUAGE 

19 Years Old & Above Category

"再见十年" by Alex Chan

"A Dragon on Top" by Olivia Chong

"Awake after 200 years" by Lee Yit Seong

"妄言祭" by Aw Seow Pooi

"安乐变形记(Senang Metamorphosis)" by Ting Kheng Siong

"雨季不语" by Li Meiyin

"Love Letter at the Funeral 葬礼上的情书" by Shao Xinning

"Bian Tai" by Chua Poh Leng

15 to 18 Years Old Category

"穿过那条河流" by Zheng Junrui

"粒粒皆辛苦" by Ng Yuanhui

"翱翔" by Amy Zhao

"血汗泪" by Narelle Hor

"还" by Lee Wen Long

"梦蝶 · 春秋" by Tristan Lee

10 to 14 Years Old Category

"蟑螂" by Eng Ting

"因为遇见了你" by Deryn Tan

"老" by Lovelle Chiu

"牡蛎珍珠" by Chloe Lin

"舞台" by Lu Renyi

"受伤后的蜕变" by Natalie Sim

"蜡烛" by Delphine Lim

"母爱 · 蜕变" by Joelle Soh


 

MALAY LANGUAGE 

19 Years Old & Above Category

"Dik...Masih Ada Lagikah Pantai Kita" by Sumadi Sarkawi

"Prasasti Sebuah Pura" by R Azmann

15 to 18 Years Old Category

"Mata air dan air mata" by Nurzaqirah Nazaruddin

"Penghijrahan" by Nurul Aliyah Binte Sureb

10 to 14 Years Old Category

"Tong Sampah" by Muhammad Aqil

"Dada Langit" by Mohammad Irfan Ezwandy

"Bakul Kosong" by Ariq Rukyaini

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

19 Years Old & Above Category

"Skin" by Low Kian Seh

"an image as a study of a man and a fly in the camera lucida" by Iain Lim

"we have forgotten" by Esther Vincent Xueming

"Invisible Particle" by See Wern Hao

"Udaiyaathathu to Papa" by Foo Wee San

"Stargazing" by Joel Kenneth Gwee

"Transmogrify" by Elancharan Gunasekaran

"from the sea to his lovers" by Alfonse Chiu

"Ars Poetica" by Topaz Winters
 

15 to 18 Years Old Category

"Kafkaesque" by Eunice Sng

"coming of age." by Ananya Ravi

"swan song" by Lai Keng Yu

"Tembusu" by Jed Goh Tze Lit

"mirage" by Bryan Ge Ruoda

"Reflection" by Constance Tan Xin Yi

"women without words" by Chong Kai Qing

"this house believes that every stage of metamorphosis has its shortfalls" by Jade Kong
 

10 to 14 Years Old Category

"Once Upon a Mid-Autumn’s Night" by Koon Wei Pheng

"darwin" by Elysia Boon

"The Play of Life (Un)changing" by Joy Huang

"Seeds of Change" by Janine Shum

"The Metamorphosis of the Youth" by Pranav Rao

"Words Can Bring Them Back" by Grace Sen Le Yi

"butterfly" by Misha Ghosh

"Blooming Days" by Tan Jiayan

2019 Theme:

"Metamorphosis"

Language:

English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil

Length:

Up to 40 lines

Categories:

 

10-14 years old
15-18 years old
19 years old and above

Submission Deadline:

28 February 2019 (Singapore Time, 23:59)​

Please send your entries via this online form  in Word and PDF formats.
For entries in Chinese, Malay and Tamil, English translation of your poem will only be required if you are announced as winners. Thereafter, deadline for English translation poem will be required by 20 April 2019.

Winning Entries:


Winning entries will be announced at the National Poetry Festival 2019 (date to be confirmed). The top selected poets will be invited to read the winning entries then.

The winning entries and other works of merit may be published in publications or anthology, with English translations required for poems in Chinese, Malay or Tamil by 20 April 2019.

The winning entries may be featured also on poetry walls at public parks and libraries around Singapore.

Rules:

1. The competition is open to permanent residents and citizens of Singapore.

2. The closing date of the competition is midnight on 28 February 2019.

3. Each participant is encouraged to submit his or her best poem, which should be unpublished and not submitted simultaneously to another competition.  In case of multiple entries, only the first will be considered.

4. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title). Entries must be on an interpretation of the theme “Metamorphosis” Send your entry at or before midnight on 28 February 2019 via this online form  in Word and pdf formats.

5. All entries will be evaluated anonymously by the judges.

6. Entries must be submitted via online only. No email copies will be accepted.

7. Entries will not be returned, so keep your own copy.

8. Under no circumstances can changes be made to poems once submitted.

9. Entries made via the website will receive a confirmation of submission.

 

10. Entries will not be returned in whatsoever format, so keep your own copy.

11. The National Poetry Competition staff will be unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online, so please ensure you send the correct file.

12. The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, no entry deserves a prize.

13. The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor the National Poetry Competition staff will enter into any correspondence.

14. No current member of the National Poetry Competition’s steering committee is eligible to enter the Singapore National Poetry Competition.

15. Poems must be the original work of the entrant.

16. Entries should be typed in black ink on A4 paper at a minimum type size of 12pt. Entries can be double- or single-spaced. Entries must be submitted in Word and pdf files.

17. There is no fee required to participate in the competition.

18. Areas that the judges are looking at include (i) sense of form (ii) precision with language (iii) originality of thought (iv) truthfulness of feeling (v) sensitivity to the world at large.

 

19. Top winners will be notified by 31 March 2019 and invited to an award ceremony at Poetry Festival Singapore 2019 (date to be confirmed). All winners will be required to provide a biography and a high-resolution photograph. 

20. The copyright of each poem remains with the writer. However, writers of the top poems, by entering the competition, grant Poetry Festival (Singapore) the right to publish and/or broadcast their poems.

 
FAQ

1. Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes, only the FIRST ENTRY will be considered.

2. Can I submit more than one languages (e.g. one entry under English and one entry under Chinese)?

Yes, you may. 

3. Do I have to pay any submission fee?

No, there is no submission fee to submit your poem.

4. What is the judging criteria?

The judges rubric consists of: sense of form, precision with language, originality, truthfulness of feeling and sensitivity to the world at large. Please see this page for the rubric.


5. When will I know if I am shortlisted?

We will inform the applicants by 31 March 2019.

6. Is there an age limit?
No, anyone of any age from 10 years old can join.
We have three categories:

 

10 - 14 years olds

15 - 18 years old
19 years old and above


7. Can foreigners participate?
The competition is only open to permanent residents and citizens of Singapore.

 

8. I am writing in Chinese, Malay or Tamil, do I have to submit a pdf file?

Yes. In case we are not able to view the poem due to missing fonts, please send us pdf file of your poem.

 

9. Do I have to provide English translation of my Chinese, Malay or Tamil poem?
No, you do not have to do so for submission. But if you are shortlisted as a finalist, you are required to submit the English translation by 20 April 2019. This is to facilitate the publication of any books/anthology, targeted at readers across languages.

10. What are the prizes for winners?
To be announced.

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NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2018
FINALISTS

 

The results of the National Poetry Competition 2018 are out! View the results and read the winning poems here.​


Click here to view 2017 winners & finalists' poems

 

TAMIL LANGUAGE
Above 18 Category
"வெயிற்துண்டுகள்" (Veyirthundugal) by Varadarajan Hemalatha

"ஒற்றை விரல் கவிதை" (Kaalatthin kangal) by Chitra Ramesh

"Meiporul" by Vadivu Sathiyaseelan

Below 18 Category

"மனச் தை" (Manasithaivu) by Vishnu G

"மனித" (Manitham) by Bala Chandar

"ஒற்றுமையின் பலம்" (Otrumaiyin Palam) by Manickavasagan Ashmitha

 

 

CHINESE LANGUAGE

Above 18 Category
 

"似非而是" by Chiu Leung  Chow

"医疗检查 " by Aaric Tan Xiang Yeow

"如寄" by Chng Tsu Pang

"夜如泼墨" by Chua Poh Leng

Below 18 Category

"对望" by Levonne, Le Wen Soon
"离去也是一种回来" by Nicole Lim Re Gin

"人性" by Yang SongJian


 

MALAY LANGUAGE

Above 18 Category

"Warisan" (Legacy) by Nur-El-Hudaa Jaffar
"Singapura Melanggar Todak" by R Azmann A Rahman

"Pemangkin" by Nur Muhammad Hidayat Nordin

Below 18 Category
"Segugus" by Nurul Natasha Abdul Rani

"Buta" by Nur Farahnisah Bte Mohammad Fazuli

"Perlu Mahu" by Izz Haziq

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Above 18 Category
"My Mother Sings a National Day Song" by Elizabeth Fen Chen

"you need a very small space" by Carissa Cheow

"Circle Line" by Danielle Ng
"Away from the margins" by Lynn Seo
"Don't Ask Don't Tell" by Max Pasakorn Konwohrachet

"Buangkok" by Hun Peng Koh

"Out of Mind" by Jade Yeen Onn

"New Testament" by Ashish Kumar

"In Pieces' by Vivien Yap

"Pantoum of Embodiment" by Margaret Devadason

Below 18 Category

"Masterpiecers" by Isabel Lee

"Pantang" by Gabrielle Ang

"So" by Kai Qing Chong

"This House" by Natalie Rae-Fern Koh

"Requiem for the Haunted" by Jing Yi Liang
"Perdant" by Gillian Choy

"Bandages" by Glenda Lee

 

NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2019
2018 Theme:

"In Spirit"
 

"In spirit" is a revelation of the mysterious breaking out of matter. It engages the individual in an attempt to transcent limited viewpoints. Poetry is a means to embody spirituality as well as to give voice to humanity and the truth amid the brokenness and uncertainties of contemporary life.

Language:

English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil

Length:

Up to 40 lines

Categories:

 

Junior: 13-18 years old
Senior: Over 18 years old

Submission Deadline:

 

31 March 2018 (Singapore Time, 23:59)​

Please send your entries via this online form  in Word and PDF formats.
For entries in Chinese, Malay and Tamil, English translation of your poem will only be required if you are announced as winners. Thereafter, deadline for English translation poem will be required by 20 May 2018.

Winning Entries:


Winning entries will be announced at the National Poetry Festival 2018 (date to be confirmed). The top selected poets will be invited to read the winning entries then.

The winning entries and other works of merit may be published in the SG Poems 2017-2018 anthology, with English translations required for poems in Chinese, Malay or Tamil by 20 May 2018.

The winning entries may be featured also on poetry walls at public parks and libraries around Singapore.

Rules:

1. The competition is open to permanent residents and citizens of Singapore.

2. The closing date of the competition is midnight on 31 March 2018.

3. Each participant is encouraged to submit his or her best poem, which should be unpublished and not submitted simultaneously to another competition.  In case of multiple entries, only the first will be considered.

4. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title). Entries must be on an interpretation of the theme “Metamorphosis.” Send your entry at or before midnight on 31 March 2018 via this online form  in Word and pdf formats.

5. All entries will be evaluated anonymously by the judges.

6. Entries must be submitted via online only. No email copies will be accepted.

7. Entries will not be returned, so keep your own copy.

8. Under no circumstances can changes be made to poems once submitted.

9. Entries made via the website will receive a confirmation of submission.

 

10. Entries will not be returned in whatsoever format, so keep your own copy.

11. The National Poetry Competition staff will be unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online, so please ensure you send the correct file.

12. The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, no entry deserves a prize.

13. The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor the National Poetry Competition staff will enter into any correspondence.

14. No current member of the National Poetry Competition’s steering committee is eligible to enter the Singapore National Poetry Competition.

15. Poems must be the original work of the entrant.

16. Entries should be typed in black ink on A4 paper at a minimum type size of 12pt. Entries can be double- or single-spaced. Entries must be submitted in Word and pdf files.

17. There is no fee required to participate in the competition.

18. Areas that the judges are looking at include (i) sense of form (ii) precision with language (iii) originality of thought (iv) truthfulness of feeling (v) sensitivity to the world at large.

 

19. Top winners will be notified by 30 April 2018 and invited to an award ceremony at Poetry Festival Singapore 2018 (date to be confirmed). All winners will be required to provide a biography and photograph. The winners in each age group and language category will be awarded the following prizes: S$500 in cash for 1st place, S$200 in cash for 2nd place, and S$100 in cash for 3rd place plus books and other prizes in kind. 

20. The copyright of each poem remains with the writer. However, writers of the top poems, by entering the competition, grant Poetry Festival (Singapore) the right to publish and/or broadcast their poems.

FAQ

1. Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes, only the latest entry will be considered.

2. Can I submit more than one languages (e.g. one entry under English and one entry under Chinese)?

Yes, you may. 

3. Do I have to pay any submission fee?

No, there is no submission fee to submit your poem.

4. What is the judging criteria?

The judges rubric consists of: sense of form, precision with language, originality, truthfulness of feeling and sensitivity to the world at large.

5. When will I know if I am shortlisted?

We will inform the applicants by 30 April 2018.

6. Is there an age limit?
No, anyone of any age can join.

7. Can foreigners participate?
The competition is only open to permanent residents and citizens of Singapore.

 

8. I am writing in Chinese, Malay or Tamil, do I have to submit a pdf file?

Yes. In case we are not able to view the poem due to missing fonts, please send us pdf file of your poem.

 

9. Do I have to provide English translation of my Chinese, Malay or Tamil poem?
No, you do not have to do so for submission. But if you are shortlisted as a finalist, you are required to submit the English translation by 20 May 2018. This is to facilitate the publication of the SG Poem 2017/18 anthology, targeted at readers across languages, that will be launched in July 2018.

10. What are the prizes for winners?
The winners in each age group and language category will be awarded the following prizes: S$500 in cash for 1st place, S$200 in cash for 2nd place, and S$100 in cash for 3rd place plus books and other prizes in kind. 

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