Winners of The First Singapore Poetry Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the first Singapore Poetry Contest! Open to non-Singaporeans living in the United States, the contest sought American perspectives on Singapore in the island-state’s 50th year of independence. Beginning on Monday, July 13, the winning entries will be published, one a week, in the run-up to Singapore’s National Day on August 9.


First Prize: “At the Dentist in Michigan” by Inez Tan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Second Prize: “Gifts” by Sue Hyon Bae (Tempe, AZ)

Third Prize: “Zones” by Ellen Redbird (Goleta, CA)

Finalist: “Tragic Flaws” by Inez Tan (Ann Arbor, MI)


Singapore Poetry also thanks the many poets who submitted their work to the contest. The response was heartening. Please check back next April, during National Poetry Writing Month, for next year’s contest.


Marc Nair

Cover image by Marc Nair

About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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