The Singapore Prize is an annual award given to authors for works of historical significance. It is a joint initiative between the National Book Council and the Singapore Academy of Letters, and has been awarded since 2014. The book must be written in English and published within three years of the closing nomination date. The prize aims to encourage and promote research on Singapore history by publishing an outstanding work of historical significance that has made a major impact on our understanding of Singapore’s past. Nominees may be a single author or co-author of the work and the book can cover any period, theme or field of Singapore history. Other works with clear historical themes may also be nominated.
The prize is awarded by a Prize Panel, comprising five judges appointed by the President of NUS. The judges will set the criteria and mechanism for selection of a winner in a particular cycle. The NUS Singapore History Prize is administered by the Department of History at NUS, and casts a wide net in terms of genre. The winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony, with celebrities such as Cate Blanchett and actors Donnie Yen, Lana Condor, and Nomzano Mbatha, among others, making an appearance.
In addition to the main prizes, a special jury selects a ‘Jury Special Mention’ and an audience-voted ‘Special Jury Award’ each year. The winners receive a cash prize and an engraved trophy. The prize is awarded in recognition of the contribution a book has made to advancing the study of Singapore’s history and its people.
Competitive athletes invest a lot in their training over many years, and only a small percentage of them will win a medal at the Olympic Games or other major competitions. To support their efforts, the Singapore National Olympic Council devised a reward scheme that provides cash payouts to athletes who win medals at major events. This incentive scheme is called the Major Games Award Programme.
This year, the prize was won by a bettor who purchased a $7 Quick Pick ticket from Rangoon Provision Shop located at 681 Race Course Road. The winning ticket was the only one in the draw to match all six winning numbers. The prize is the fourth highest jackpot in the history of Singapore Pools, and the second-largest for this year.
The awards recognise exemplary donors and their giving initiatives that have had a lasting impact on society. Selected PVPA winners will be offered learning opportunities through partner institutions to help them scale their giving activities and increase their capacity for giving. The PVPA is open to all Singaporeans with a passion for giving back to their community. For more information, please visit the PVPA website.