For competitive athletes, the cost of training at elite level is enormous. This is why many of them dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games or other major competitions. To help them realise their dreams, the Singapore National Olympic Council devised an incentive scheme to reward medal-winning athletes. The scheme provides a cash payout to athletes who win a medal in the Olympic, Asian, Commonwealth and South East Asian (SEA) Games. This way, athletes can make the most of their hard work and achievements by investing in their futures.
The Singapore Literature Prize (abbreviated SLP) is a biennial literary award in Singapore that recognises outstanding published works by Singaporean authors in any of the four official languages: Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. It is administered by the National Book Development Council of Singapore with the support of the National Arts Council and the National Library Board. The prize offers 12 top prizes of up to $3,000 and a trophy. In previous years, fiction competed with poetry for one prize each in each of the four languages. The 2023 edition has received the highest number of submissions in its history. The SLP is a significant honour for Singaporean writers, and is considered to be the country’s richest literary prize.
This year’s ceremony will be held in November, during Earthshot Week. The event will include a series of events and activities. The aim of the prize is to inspire people and encourage action. This year, it will be supported by a group of organisations, including philanthropic organisation Temasek Trust, investment company Temasek, decarbonisation investment platform GenZero and non-profit environmental organisation Conservation International. The prize will also be supported by a number of celebrities and business leaders.
It is not the first time that SLP has been controversial. In 2014, three judges of the prize resigned in protest over the removal of some books from the selection process. Also that year, a writer and editor called Grace Chia criticised the prize for sexism. Her speech, delivered in absentia at the awards ceremony, accused the prize organisers of choosing two male winners for the English Poetry category. She later removed the speech from her website.
Besides the monetary prize, the winner of this prize will also be given the opportunity to be featured on the Vogue Singapore website and social media channels, and receive first-hand feedback from global industry leaders and introductions to potential investors for funding. The judging panel for this competition includes academic Khoo Gaik Cheng, filmmaker Lucky Kuswandi and artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen.
The Sgp Master 2022 is the latest addition to a slew of prestigious local awards for young talent in sports, arts, culture and technology. The event aims to celebrate Singaporean creativity and recognise the contributions of young talents to society. It is also part of a wider effort to promote a greater appreciation for the arts among the younger generation. The Sgp Master 2022 is the second edition of this prestigious event and is expected to attract more participants this year.