The biennial Singapore Literature Prize 2014 shortlist is out.
On the list are some of my favourite Singaporean writers, including Amanda Lee Koe with Minstry of Moral Panic (edited by Jason Eric Lundberg) nominated for English fiction & Joshua Ip with Sonnets from The Singlish shortlisted for English poetry. It's a wonderful achievement to make the shortlist & thoroughly well deserved.
Both write with energy, invention, adventure and humor. People should be reading more SIngaporean literature.
Amanda has a wonderful story, Why Do Chinese People Have Slanted Eyes? in Asymptote. 'Dazzling' is a good description of Amanda's work.
Some of Joshua's poetry can be found in the August 2014 Singapore Poetry special edition of Blue Lyra Review. Joshua is a prodigious and talented writer. I don't know how he fits everything in. Unfortunately, he supports Arsenal FC.
It is an exciting time for Singaporean literature in English, however I am amazed that none of Cyril Wong's poetry or fiction made it to the shortlist.