The Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Prize 2019 – Poetry

We are very pleased to announce the results of the Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Competition 2019 – Poetry. Congratulations to the prize winners!


1st Prize ($10,000):   

Jedidiah HUANG for “When They Tell You About Heartbreak


2nd Prize ($6,000):    

Valen LIM Ray Zheng for “Narrative That Ends In Dust


3rd Prize ($4,000):

LIM Jia Ying for “Milk”


The prize winners will be notified by email and will be required to attend the Award presentation.  Details of the event will be provided closer to the date.

The biennial Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Prize was established by the late Dr Sylvia Goh with an endowed gift to the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore in memory and recognition of her late husband, Goh Sin Tub, who was one of Singapore’s best-known local writers.

Goh Sin Tub and Dr Sylvia Goh are both alumni of the University of Malaya (UM), one of NUS’ predecessor institutions. The Prize commemorates Goh Sin Tub’s life, achievements and support for education.

The genre for this Competition is Poetry. Subsequent competitions will feature other literary genres. The competition is open to all members of the NUS community at the time of submission of entry.

The closing date for the competition was 31 August 2019. Fifty-seven qualifying entries were received.

Judging Panels

The judges for the competition are Professor Rajeev Patke (Yale-NUS), Assoc Prof Ismail Talib (Department of English Language and Literature, NUS) and Mr P K Mathimugan (Class of 2019, English Literature at the Department of English Language and Literature, NUS).