About the Singapore Book Awards

The Singapore Book Awards is organised by the SBPA annually to recognise the best in Singapore book publishing. The first book awards was introduced in 2012. The awards are given to publishers for their best books, and are open to all book publishing companies in Singapore.

Books considered for the Singapore Book Awards 2021 must:

i) Be published in one of the four official languages of Singapore.
ii) Have a Singapore ISBN number, and hard copies must be legally deposited with the National Library Board.
iii) Books that are sold in print must be sold in retail stores locally and/or overseas.
iv)
For the 2020 Awards, books must be published in Singapore from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Translated works (from a foreign language to a Singapore official language) are also acceptable, provided that they meet the above criteria.

SBPA is calling for entries for the 2021 Singapore Book Awards. Please download the following and submit the entry form and supporting documents by Friday 18 December 2020.

1) Eligibility Rules

2) Category Guidelines

3) Entry Form  

 

Book Awards 2020

(Then-SBPA President Mr Peter Schoppert presenting his opening remarks for the virtual 2020 Book Awards Ceremony on 13 August.)

The 2020 Singapore Book Awards Ceremony was successfully held online on Thursday 13 August at SBPA's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

The winners of each category and Book of the Year were selected by a panel of judges comprising key industry personalities in Singapore known for their publishing, literary and media expertise. The winners, selected from 46 finalists in ten categories, cover multiple genres including architecture history, autobiography and biography, creative non-fiction, manga, graphic novels, Singapore history, local community history, local heritage cuisine, textbooks and supplementary education titles.

The 2020 Book Awards saw the introduction of the winners of the new award categories Best Audiobook Title, Best Digital Marketing Campaign and Best E-Book Title, as well as Special Mention for the Best E-Book Title and a Honorary Mention for the Book of the Year category. 

 

The Book Awards 2020 winning titles are:

 

Best Audiobook Title


 

Publisher: Pustaka Nasional

Narrator: Erul Samah

Best Book Cover Design

     

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Designer: Liak Yuan Ying

Best Digital Marketing Campaign

Publisher: Storytel Singapore

 

 

Best E-Book Title

Publisher: Shing Lee Publishers 

Authors: Dr Joseph B.W. Yeo, Dr Choy Ban Heng, Teh Keng Seng, Wong Lai Fong and Sharon Lee

 

Best Education Title

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co

Authors: Paul Knoepfler and Julie Knoepfler

 

 

Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Christopher Tan

Designer: Marco Salazar

 

 

Best Literary Work

Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA

Author: Laksmi Pamuntjak

 

 

Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title

Publisher: Armour Publishing

Author: Eunice Li-Tan

Best Non-Fiction Title

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Liyana Dhamirah

Best Picture Book

     

 

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

Author: Pippa Chorley

Illustrator: Danny Deeptown

Book of the Year

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Christopher Tan

 

Best E-Book Title (Special Mention)

Publisher: Pustaka Nasional

For the Adept Use of Technology in Creating Bilingual Resources

 

Book of the Year (Honorary Mention)

 

Publisher: Ethos Books

Author: Linda Collins

 

 

 

 

Book Awards 2019 

(The 2019 Awards winners posing with then-SBPA President Mr Peter Schoppert [third from left].)

The 2019 Singapore Book Awards Ceremony was successfully held on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 at the Pavilion in the Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel. 

The winners of each category and Book of the Year were selected by a panel of judges comprising key industry personalities in Singapore known for their publishing, literary and media expertise. The winners, selected from a shortlist of 36 finalists in seven categories, cover multiple genres including architecture, biography, history, drama, and supplementary educational titles. 

 

The Book Awards 2019 winning titles are:                            

                                                            

Best Literary Work

Lion City

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Ng Yi-Sheng

Best Non-Fiction Title

 Flying Sleeves - The Granduer of Chinese Opera    

 

Publisher: SimplyGreen

Author: Dr Chua Ee Kiam

Best Education Title

The First of Everything

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co

Author: Nury Vittachi

 

Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title

Big Tree in a Small Pot

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

Author: Josephine Chia

 

Best Children’s Picture Book

The Incredible Basket

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Quek Hong Shin 

 

 

Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title

Between The Lines

 

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish and National Library Board

Editors: Text (Various), Images by National Library Board  

 

 

Best Book Cover Design

The Minorities

Publisher: Epigram Books

Designer: Chee Jia Yi

 

 

Book of the Year

The Naysayer Book Club

Publisher: Epigram Books

Authors: Simon Vincent

 

Book Awards 2018     

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(The award winners of 2018 Book Awards with Mr Baey Yam Keng, then-Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Culture, Community and Youth and Transport) [fifth from left] and then-SBPA President Mr Peter Schoppert [first from right].) 

The 2018 Singapore Book Awards Ceremony was successfully held on Friday 21 September at the Arts House. 

The winners of each category and Book of the Year were selected by a panel of judges comprising key industry personalities in Singapore known for their publishing, literary and media expertise. The winners, selected from a shortlist of 31 finalists in seven categories, cover multiple genres including architecture, biography, history, drama, and supplementary educational titles. 

 

The Book Awards 2018 winning titles are:                            

                                                            

Best Fiction Title

The Gatekeeper

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Nuraliah Norasid

Best Non-Fiction Title

 Stranger to Myself    

 

Publisher: Landmark Books

Author: MD Sharif Uddin

Best Education Title

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Publisher: Straits Times Press

Author: Straits Times Schools Team Writers

 

Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title

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Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Edmund Wee

 

Best Children’s Picture Book

The First Journey

 

Publisher: Scholastic Asia

Author: Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien 

 

 

Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title

Tomas Saraceno

 

Publisher: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

Editors: Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu  

 

 

Best Book Cover Design

The Gatekeeper

Publisher: Epigram Books

Designer: Yong Wen Yeu

 

 

Book of the Year

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Publisher: Landmark Books

Authors: Robert Kuok with Andrew Tanzer

 

Book Awards 2017

(Then-SBPA President Mr Peter Schoppert presenting the Book of the Year 2017 prize to Mr Chuan Yeo and Mr Lai Chee-Kien, co-authors of the 2017 Book of the Year. Co-author Mr Koh Hong Teng was not present.)

The 2017 Singapore Book Awards Ceremony was successfully held on 28 March at the Pan Pacific Hotel. The winners of each category and Book of the Year were selected by a panel of judges comprising key industry personalities in Singapore known for their publishing, literary and media expertise. The winners, selected from a shortlist of 39 finalists in seven categories, cover multiple genres including architecture, biography, history, drama, and supplementary educational titles. 

 

The Book Awards 2017 winning titles are:

Best Fiction Title

Now That It’s Over

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: O Thiam Chin

Best Non-Fiction Title

     

 

Publisher: Straits Times Press

Author: Susan Sim

Best Education Title

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Education

Author: Shi Bin

Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title

Mount Emily Revisited

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Low Ying Ping

Best Children’s Picture Book

 

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

Author: Michael Wang & Neal Sharp

 

 

Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title

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Publisher: Achates 360

Authors: Lai Chee Kien, Koh Hong Teng & Chuan Yeo

 

Best Book Cover Design

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Publisher: Global Publishing

Designer: Danny Yeo Chin Wei

 

Book of the Year

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Publisher: Achates 360

Authors: Lai Chee Kien, Koh Hong Teng & Chuan Yeo

 

 

Book Awards 2016 

(Then-SBPA President Mr Peter Schoppert presenting the Book of the Year 2016 prize to Mr Edmund Wee, CEO and Publisher of Epigram Books.)

The Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) relaunched the Book Awards in 2016. The winners of the 2016 Singapore Book Awards were announced on 11 May 2016, at a gala dinner in Hotel Rendezvous Singapore. There were eight categories for the 2016 Awards, up from six categories in 2012, to take into account the growth and development of the publishing industry during this period.

 

The Book Awards 2016 winning titles are:   

                                                                                     

Best Fiction Title

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Amanda Lee Koe 

Best Non-Fiction Title

 

 

 

Publisher: National Library Board and Editions Dider Millet

Author: Dr Lai Chee Kien

 

Best Education Title

 

Publisher: Star Publishing

Author: Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education

Best Young Adult's Title

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Chew Chia Shao Wei

 

Best Children's Title

 

Publisher: Lingzi Media

Author: Lee Kow Fong

 

Best Digital Work

 

 

 

Publisher: Candid Creation

Author: Liow Yuting

 

Best Book Cover Design

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Designer: Sonny Liew

Book of the Year

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Sonny Liew

Book Awards 2012 

(Then-SBPA President Ms Triena Ong (fourth from left) posing with the judges and winners of the inaugural 2012 Publishing Awards.)

The Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) started the inaugural Publishing Awards in 2012. There were five award categories for the 2012 Awards.

 

The Book Awards 2012 winning titles are:   

                                                                                    

Best Cover Design

 

Publisher: Monsoon Books

Author: Nigel Barley 

 

Best Debut Work

 

 

Publisher: Monsoon Books

Author: Barbara Ismail

 

Best Non-Fiction Title

 

Publisher: Editions Didier Millet

Author: S. R. Nathan

Best Novel

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

Author: Sunil Nair

 

Best Retail

 

Retailer: Prologue @ ION Orchard

Promotion: Annual Teach Yourself Promotion