The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA) is presented biennially to an outstanding children’s book written by a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident.

The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA) is presented biennially to an outstanding children’s book written by a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident.

Call for entries begin 28 June 2021. The closing date is 27 August 2021, 5.00pm (SG time).




  • To encourage the quality and quantity of books published for children; 
  • To promote the publication of books, set in a familiar and meaningful background that is relevant to the Singapore children.

Should the book be in English translation, the award will be shared equally between the author, illustrator, and translator.

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  1. The award is open to all Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents who are at least 18 years of age. For books with multiple creators, at least both the author and illustrator must be Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents.

  2. Books published for general commercial release from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021 are eligible for this award. For translated books, the translation must be published within the above-mentioned time frame.

  3. The award will be given for published fiction works intended for children up to 12 years old. Books belonging to the below categories are eligible for the award:

    • Picture Books 
      A book containing illustrations and/or words that present a coherent narrative structure. The book should contain less than 700 words and be no more than 40 pages long. The book is intended for children aged 7 years old and below.
    • Middle-grade Book
      A fiction book for middle-grade readers that present an expanded narrative structure that may or may not contain illustrations. The book should have at least 6,000 words, and is intended for children aged 8 to 12 years old.
  4. Entries submitted can either be published in Singapore or abroad, but must fall between the specified period of publication, i.e. from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021.

  5. Reprints and reissues from previous years are not eligible.

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Submission Guidelines

  1. The closing date for submissions is 27 August 2021, 5.00pm (SG time). Late submissions will not be accepted.

  2. All entries should be submitted via the online form which will be made available shortly.

  3. Entries can be submitted either by any of the creators or publisher.

  4. Applicants may submit more than one entry for the competition provided that the works are different and not variations of the same work.

  5. You will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the online entry form. Please print out the confirmation email and include it with your hard copy submissions.

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Submissions Form 

The following information is required to complete the online form:

  1. Book details (title, no. of pages, year published, ISBN)
  2. Book cover (.jpeg format, 300dpi, at least 1MB)
  3. Publisher’s particulars (mailing address and contact info)
  4. Creators’ particulars (mailing address, contact info and last three digits of NRIC)
  5. Creators’ biographies (in single .doc, .docx or .pdf format, 80-100 words per creator)
  6. Creators’ publicity photos (in ZIP file, jpeg format 300dpi, at least 1 photo per creator)

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For more information, please contact [email protected] with the subject "AFCC 2022 HABA Enquiry". 


About Mrs Hedwig Anuar

Mrs Hedwig Anuar was the first Singaporean Director of the National Library of Singapore, a position she held from 1960 until her retirement in 1988. She put in place the foundations of the modern library system in Singapore and made contributions to all aspects of library work. This award recognises her outstanding contribution to children's librarianship and the promotion of books and reading for children.

View past HABA winners here

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