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The "Write and Burn!" Challenge 2022: Give voice to your words

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Congratulations to our winners of Write and Burn! 2022! 

First prize: "Perhaps this is goodbye" by Yew Huixin, Charlotte (ACSI)

Second prize: "bury your bruises" by Chia Kei Yin (RGS)

Third prize: "Lilies of Bone" by Maya Bosson (United World College SEA)



This is a poetry performance competition organised by Poetry Festival Singapore for students at upper secondary levels, junior colleges or equivalent levels at centralised institutes, polytechnics or international schools, in Singapore. We would like to thank our judging panel, which consists of Ow Yeong Wai Kit, Shilpa Dikshit Thapliyal, and Nicole Kay for judging Write and Burn! 2022.


  • To raise standards of English Language communication through a competitive platform via the spoken word as a performance medium

  • To encourage expression of personal identity through the spoken word

  • To develop emerging young talents in Literature

Poetry Dialogue Workshop Venue

Bishan Public Library - Programme Zone

Date: 14 May 2022 Saturday

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Led by: Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

​View the Poetry Dialogue Workshop here



Competition Venue

Central Public Library Programme Zone

Date: 28 May 2022 Saturday

Time: 2pm-4pm

















Organised by

Poetry Festival Singapore











Supported by

Public Libraries Singapore




Participating Criteria


Open to: All students at upper secondary levels, junior colleges, and equivalent levels at centralised institutes, polytechnics, and international schools, in Singapore

Medium: Video (Poetry Performance)

Qualifying Round: Submit a poem in response to a Singapore poem (published or performed in Singapore and/or by a Singaporean) found in libraries or from online sources

Language: English

Length: Up to 3 minutes of performance time

[There is no maximum word count, as long as the duration of the reading is under 3 minutes — including a short preamble stating one's name and the poem's title, as well as a brief explanation of what the poem is about.]

Prizes: S$300 in book vouchers for the 1st place winner, book prizes for the 2nd and 3rd place winners

Deadline: 3 April 2022, 1159hrs


Please ensure that you submit the following to this online form.  

(1) Written poem in Word or PDF format.
(2) Spoken performance of the poem in a short video (no longer than 3 minutes) as an unlisted link on YouTube or Google Drive.

There can be subtitles in the video but adding them would be optional.
*Participants are to submit only one entry per participant.




The participation fee is S$5 each. 

To make payment for the entry fee, please use ONE of the following methods:
1. Scan the QR code below using your digibank account.
Enter $5 and click "next".















2. PayNow to Poetry Festival (Singapore) - the UEN number is : T17SS0049H.
NOTE: To seek assistance with regard to payment, please email us at


1. The challenge is open to permanent residents and citizens of Singapore aged 15 to 18 years (as of 31 Dec 2021).


2. Submissions close at noon (Singapore Time, 11:59)​ on 3 April 2022.


3. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 3 minutes of performance time, including preamble— stating one's name and the poem's title, short explanation of what the poem is about. ­Send your written entry before noon (Singapore Time, 11:59)​ on 3 April 2022 via this online form in Word or PDF formats. Your video entry should be submitted as an unlisted Youtube / Google Drive link; detailed instructions can be found in the form.

4. Each participant is encouraged to submit his, her or their best poem, which should preferably be unpublished. If your poem has been published in or submitted to any other platform or publication, please indicate as such in the online form.


5. In case of multiple entries, only the latest entry will be considered.

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


7. Entries must be submitted via the online form only. No email submissions will be accepted.

8. Entries will not be returned in any form, so keep your own copy.

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

10. The Organizer / Organization staff will be unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online, so please ensure you send the correct file.

11. The organizers 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.


12. The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor the Organization / Organizer staff will enter into any correspondence.

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


14.  Written entries should be typed in black at a minimum type size of 12pt. Entries can be double- or single-spaced and must be submitted as Word or PDF files. Video submissions should be audible and clear. The participant’s faces should not be covered, with no additional graphics or images. No subtitles are required for video entries.


15. There is an administrative fee of S$5 for each entry.


16. Entries will be assessed based on (i) clarity and expression in performance, (ii) precision with language, (iii) originality of thought, (iv) truthfulness of feeling, and (v) showmanship.


17. Shortlisted poets from the Qualifying Round will be notified. 


18. 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.


1. Can I submit more than one entry? (Individual)

Yes, only the latest entry will be considered.

2. Can I submit entries in multiple languages (e.g. one entry under English and one entry under Chinese)?

No, this competition is in English.

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?

Entries will be assessed based on clarity and expression in performance, precision with language, originality, truthfulness of feeling and showmanship.


5. When will I know if I am shortlisted?

We will notify shortlisted applicants at a later date to be confirmed.

6. Is there an age limit?

Yes, participants should be aged between 15-18 years old as of 31 Dec 2022.


7. Can foreigners participate?

The competition is open to Permanent Residents, and Singapore citizens aged 15-18.


8. What are the submission requirements?The submission is a spoken word piece of no more than 3 minutes in length, filmed and uploaded on YouTube / Google Drive with an UNLISTED link.
[Please note: Participants should not be reading from paper / cue cards. Glancing from time to time is acceptable.]

All film submissions are to be accompanied by the poem in written form. This can either be submitted as a separate .docx or .pdf document. There is no word count or line limit for the poem.

9. Do I have to subtitle my video?

No, you do not have to subtitle your video submission.

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