Awards

Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2015

Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA)

Application for the HABA award has closed.

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. This award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to our Singapore’s children’s literary scene. Books published from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014 are eligible for this award. Awards will not be given to the same person consecutively. However, award winners are eligible for subsequent awards.

Objectives:

  • To encourage authors and illustrators of children’s books to publish quality works in greater quantity.
  • To promote the publication of books which encompass a familiar and meaningful context that is relevant to Singaporean children.

Guidelines:

  • The award is open to all Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Books published from (insert dates) are eligible for this award.
  • Entries must be published in English, including translated works. Where appropriate in content, the usage of words or phrases in another language is acceptable.
  • Each entry must be an original work written by the entrant.
  • The entrant(s) must be the sole author(s) of the work.
  • Only published works will be accepted. To be eligible, works must be published in printed form for general commercial release.
  • The judging panel may agree to consider a self-published work. Such a decision will be left entirely to the discretion of the judging panel and subject to the approval of the organizer.

Prize:
The prize carries a cash award of S$10,000, which is to be shared between the writer and illustrator. If the book is a translation, the award is to be split equally between writer, illustrator and translator. On top of that, the writer/illustrator/translator will each receive a plaque. 

About Mrs Hedwig Anuar:
Mrs Hedwig Anuar was the first Singaporean Direction of the National Library of Singapore, a position she held from 1960 until her retirement in 1988. Though she made contributions to all aspects of library work and put in place the foundations of the modern library system in Singapore, this award recognizes her outstanding contribution to children’s librarianship in promotion of books and reading for children. 

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Scholastic Asian Book Award 2014

Samsung Kidstime Authors' Award (SKTAA)

The deadline for unpublished submissions is 1 March 2015.
Application for published works has closed. 

The Samsung Kidstime Authors Award (SKTAA) is a joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NDBCS) and Samsung Electronics. Supported by Samsung with a generous USD200,000 endowment, the award seeks to turn both published and unpublished books from ASEAN into digital apps for the Samsung KidsTime platform. 

Objectives:

  • To recognize the ASEAN region’s excellent picture books, which are in their native languages.
  • To showcase the diversity of the writing and illustrating talent ASEAN has to offer, on a mobile platform.
  • To encourage and inspire the writing of more Asian-themed books and stories.
  • To promote local and regional content in its native language to a much wider audience. 

Guidelines:

  • The award is open to all authors of ASEAN nationality who are at least 18 years of age, regardless whether residing in ASEAN or outside ASEAN.
  • Each entry must be an original work written by the entrant.
  • If there is more than one creator of the work, then all creators must enter the contest together.
  • For the purpose of this award, ASEAN countries comprise the following 10 nations: Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos, Singapore. 
  • Entries must be a picture book targeted at children 3 – 10 years of age.
  • Entries must be Asian in content. 
  • Entries should not have been published/exploited as an app in any commercial app store.
  • Entries can be an unpublished manuscript or a published book. 
  • Submissions need not be in English, but must include an English translation for the purposes of judging. 

Prize:
There will be 2 Grand Prize winners and 8 Runners-Up per ASEAN nation, for a total of 100 winners. Grand Prize winners will each receive a S$2,000 cash prize and a S$2,000 digitization grant for conversion of the work into online and/or mobile content derivatives (sponsored by Samsung). Runners-Up will each receive a S$2,000 digitization grant for conversion of works into online and/or mobile content derivatives (sponsored by Samsung).

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Scholastic Picture Book Award

Scholastic Picture Book Award(SPBA)

Application for the SPBA award has closed.

The Scholastic Picture Book Award (SPBA) is a joint initiative between the National Book Development Council (NDBCS) and Scholastic Asia. It is presented biennially to an outstanding unpublished picture book with a distinct Asian theme, by an Asian team of writer and illustrator. 

Objectives:

  • To encourage and inspire the publications of more Asian-themed picture books.
  • To stimulate public interest and support for picture books with Asian themes.

Guidelines: 

  • Entries will be accepted from writers and/or illustrators of Asian descent, living in Asia, who are 18 years of age and above.
  • Picture books usually comprise 16-48 pages. Each page or double-spread should be illustrated.
  • For manuscript-and-illustration entries, the text and pictures should work together to present a coherent and meaningful narrative.
  • Ensure your story has a strong plot with a beginning middle, and an end, and that your illustrations move the story along and encourage readers to turn the pages.
  • Wordless entries must comprise illustrations that successfully tell a story and convey meaning without the help of text. 

Prize:
The Scholastic Picture Book Award offers a total of S$10,000 for the first place, to be shared equally between writer and illustrator. 

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