2nd Singapore Poetry Contest Results

We are very pleased to announce the results of the 2nd Singapore Poetry Contest. Open to everyone who is NOT a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident in Singapore, the annual contest sought poems that use the word “Singapore” in a creative and significant way.

We received a total of 80 entries from around the world. The USA leads with 46 entries (Arizona, Arkansas, California, DC, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York City, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming), India follows with 10 entries, then Philippines 8, Australia 3, Canada 3, Malaysia 3, Taiwan 3, Bulgaria 1, Croatia-Bosnia 1, Germany 1, and Greece 1.

Third prize (USD 20) goes to “I’m Supposed to Teach” by Sara Backer (Massachusetts, USA).

Second prize (USD50) goes to “Metamorphosis” by Ankita Anand (New Delhi, India).

First prize (USD100) goes to “President’s Day” by Josh Lefkowitz (Brooklyn, USA).

Congratulations to the winners! The poems will be published in the coming weeks, one each Friday, to start the weekend on a high note. The Singapore Poetry Contest will return in April 2017, so start scribbling down those never-before-expressed thoughts about, or not about, Singapore.

Photo by Marc Nair

Photography 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.


  1. Chandra Mouli

    Will there be a finalist poem published like last time?


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