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The 2018 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry

Rewarding our region's leading journals, publications and editors.

 
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The 2018 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry is open for submissions from 1 Oct 2017 to 25 Jan 2018. The results of the Hawker Prize will be announced in March 2018.

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OUR PRIZES*

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 2018 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 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!


OUR JUDGING PANEL

Bernice Chauly is the critically acclaimed author of six books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, which include the award-winning Growing Up With Ghosts (2011), Onkalo (2013) and Once We Were There (2017). She is an Honorary Fellow in Writing from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, currently teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and has served as Director of the George Town Literary Festival since 2011. (Photo: Daniel Adams.)

Bernice Chauly is the critically acclaimed author of six books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, which include the award-winning Growing Up With Ghosts (2011), Onkalo (2013) and Once We Were There (2017). She is an Honorary Fellow in Writing from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, currently teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and has served as Director of the George Town Literary Festival since 2011. (Photo: Daniel Adams.)

Olin Monteiro is a prolific writer, feminist, film producer and publisher of women's books. She has worked extensively with women's rights organisations since the 1990s. She has  published 11 books through PBP Publishing and Art For Women, a feminist / educational non-profit publisher and arts organiser in Jakarta. To date she has also produced 5 documentaries focussed on women's stories and women's rights.

Olin Monteiro is a prolific writer, feminist, film producer and publisher of women's books. She has worked extensively with women's rights organisations since the 1990s. She has  published 11 books through PBP Publishing and Art For Women, a feminist / educational non-profit publisher and arts organiser in Jakarta. To date she has also produced 5 documentaries focussed on women's stories and women's rights.

Ng Yi-Sheng is a Singaporean poet, playwright, fictionist, critic, journalist and activist. His books include last boy (winner of the 2008 Singapore Literature Prize), SQ21, Eating Air, Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience and Hims. Additionally, he translated Wong Yoon Wah’s Chinese poetry collection The New Village and has co-edited various national and regional anthologies. Every August, he co-organises the annual cultural and activist festival IndigNation. 

Ng Yi-Sheng is a Singaporean poet, playwright, fictionist, critic, journalist and activist. His books include last boy (winner of the 2008 Singapore Literature Prize), SQ21, Eating Air, Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience and Hims. Additionally, he translated Wong Yoon Wah’s Chinese poetry collection The New Village and has co-edited various national and regional anthologies. Every August, he co-organises the annual cultural and activist festival IndigNation. 

It is my hope that the Hawker Prize will bring recognition to the vibrant and necessary work that is being produced at the moment, and to the importance of contemporary poetry in SE Asia.
— Bernice Chauly
I have always believed that poetry could become a major highlight in our vast and dynamic Southeast Asian literary scene. I am looking forward to reading more women and LGBT poets who uphold human rights and gender equality in the increasingly intolerant and turbulent democracy that lies ahead of us.
— Olin Monteiro
I have hopes that this contest will open my eyes to a diverse range of new writing from across the world. I especially look forward to seeing fine translations of work originally written in the vernacular languages of Southeast Asia.
— Ng Yi-Sheng

RULES AND REGULATIONS

[ PDF: Complete Rules and Regulations, Instructions and Criteria of the 2018 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry ]

  1. The competition is open to all works of poetry that have been published in a journal or publication that is either (i) founded / edited by a Southeast Asian, or (ii) printed / managed by a Southeast Asian publisher.
  2. The poetic work will have to be published anytime between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.

  3. Unlike the journal / publication, the author / translator of the poetic work submitted to the Hawker Prize does not need to be Southeast Asian.

  4. Entries may be on any subject or theme. 

  5. Poems submitted must originally be written in English, or have been translated to English at the point of publication. We also accept non-English submissions accompanied by English translations made exclusively for the Hawker Prize.

  6.  Only elected representatives of the journal / publication may submit / nominate a poem. The author / translator him- or herself may not do so.

  7. All entries are to be submitted online via our Submittable page, anytime between 1 Oct 2017 to 25 Jan 2018.*

  8. An entrant may submit more than 1 poem, but no more than 6. No fees apply for submissions up to 3 poems. Entrants submitting between 4 to 6 poems will be charged a submission fee of 20 USD via Submittable.

  9. All poems are to be compiled in a single file; we accept works in .doc, .docx, .pdf and .rtf formats.

  10. Any submission that flouts our rules and regulations will be subject to disqualification.

*Editors who wish to simply nominate poems on their online journals may fill in the form below. Do attach links to each of the poems. Only 1-3 poems will be allowed for consideration.


FOR ALL ENQUIRIES / MATTERS REGARDING THE 2018 HAWKER PRIZE FOR SOUTHEAST ASIAN POETRY, DO FILL IN THE FORM BELOW:

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