The 2018 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry is now closed for submissions. The 2019 edition of the Prize will re-open in the final quarter of the year.
1st Place: $1500
2nd Place: $700
3rd Place: $300
Honourable Mention(s): –
*All figures in SGD. In the event a winning work is a translation of a poem, the cash prize will be split 50/50 between the poet and the translator. All winners are also free, at their own discretion, to apportion a percentage of their prize winnings to the journals / publications that nominated them for the Hawker Prize.
ABOUT THE HAWKER PRIZE FOR SOUTHEAST ASIAN POETRY
The Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry invites editors of literary journals based in or who identify with Southeast Asia to nominate poems they believe are deserving of greater recognition.
We want to focus on the independent journals and publications from our region that curate amazing work from around the world; we want to draw attention not just to the poets these journals / publications publish, but to their publishers and editors as well. We decided on the name "Hawker Prize" as it hints at our food-loving regional cultures, and also places an emphasis on the platforms which regularly hawk poetry to hungry and eager readers.
The winning poems will be awarded $1,500, $700 and $300 for the first, second and third place respectively. We will accept works written in English and poems translated into English. Works will be accepted from journals based in or affiliated with Southeast Asia, whether or not the authors of those works are from Southeast Asia.
The winning works will be linked here on the competition website to the journals / publications where they originated from. Special features on the winning journals / publications will also be published to showcase their history and contextualise their efforts in the literary arts, to be rolled out between the months of April and June 2018.
The Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry was only made possible due to the donations and grants that we receive as a charity and IPC. We would especially like to thank Rambutan Literary for contributing to our cash pool for the 2018 prize winners; Rambutan Literary prides itself on being an online literary and arts journal dedicated to showcasing work from mainland, maritime and diasporic Southeast Asia and to cultivating Southeast Asian writing and artistic communities. Do also consider supporting Sing Lit Station and our efforts to promote and encourage the development of literary arts!