About the Book Awards

Introduced in 2012, the annual Singapore Book Awards organised by the SBPA recognise the best in Singapore book publishing. The awards span categories including literary work, education titles, professional titles, children's books and various categories of non-fiction, as well as the prestigious Book of the Year title chosen from subsidiary award winners.

Books considered for the Singapore Book Awards must:

i) Be published in one of the four official languages of Singapore.
ii) Have a Singapore ISBN number, and hard copies must be legally deposited with the National Library Board.
iii) Books that are sold in print must be sold in retail stores locally and/or overseas.
iv)
For the 2022 Awards, books must be published in Singapore from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Translated works (from a foreign language to a Singapore official language) are also acceptable, provided that they meet the above criteria.


       

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2023 Book Awards

Submissions for the 2023 Singapore Book Awards are now open! Nominate books in the following categories:

  • Best Literary Work
  • Best Professional Title
  • Best Non-Fiction
  • Best Picture Book
  • Best Illustrated Non-Fiction
  • Best Education Title
  • Best Young Person's Title
  • Best Book Cover Design
  • Best Custom Publishing
  • Best Creative Non-Fiction

 

Winners of the 2022 Book Awards

The 7th edition of the Singapore Book Awards returned this year with 163 submissions from 35 publishers. After months of careful reviews, our judges shortlisted 42 titles. The results were announced at a gala ceremony at Fullerton Hotel, and we're pleased to announce the winners of the 13 categories as follows:

Best Audiobook

Timothy and the Phubbers

Publisher: Storytel Singapore
Authors: Ken Kwek, Lolita Chiong
Narrator: Adrian Pang

Best Book Cover Design

The Punkhawala and the Prostitute

Publisher: Epigram Books
Author: Wesley Leon Aroozoo
Designer: Priscilla Yamaguchi

Best Education Title

Your Adventures at CERN: Play the Hero Among Particles and a Particular Dinosaur

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co.
Author: Letizia Diamante, illustrated by Claudia Flandoli

Best Custom Publishing

SCO: Hidden Gems

Publisher: Focus Publishing

Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Book

The Food of Singapore Malays

Publisher: Epigram Books
Author: Khir Johari

Best Literary Work

The Formidable Miss Cassidy

Publisher: Epigram Books
Author: Meihan Boey

Best Non-Fiction Work

A History of Money in Singapore

Publisher: Talisman Publishing
Author: Clement Liew, Peter Wilson

Best Picture Book

Mr Roll Finds New Life

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)
Author: Sophia Huang
Illustrator: Evelyn Ghozalli

Best Young Person's Title

Mist-bound: How to Glue Back Grandpa

Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA
Author: Daryl Kho

Book of the Year

The Food of Singapore Malays

Publisher: Epigram Books
Author: Khir Johari

Readers' Choice

Larger Than Life: Celebrating the Human Spirit

Publisher: Storytel Singapore
Authors: Belinda Lee