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Scholastic Asian Book Award 2011

Being part of the e-group of the National Book Development Council of Singapore, I received this notice about the Scholastic Asian Book Award Prize (SABA) for Fiction which will be awarded in May 2011, at the second Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore. It truly is very exciting.

Apparently, the best manuscript will win a prize of S$10,000 and a plaque. More importantly it will also be considered by Scholastic Asia for potential publication. The objective of this award is to “showcase the diversity of literary talent within Asia.”

Some of the details include the following:

  1. It has to be an unpublished manuscript in English.
  2. It could be a translation from any work of fiction written in any Asian language or an original work of fiction
  3. The work has to be targeted for children aged 6 to 12 years old
  4. Writers should be in Asia or of Asian origin.
  5. It doesn’t matter whether you have been published previously, you can still go for the 10k award!
  6. The closing date for the 2011 SABA is 31st December 2010, 5 p.m.

Submissions can be sent via postal mail to:

National Book Development Council of Singapore
Geylang East Public Library
50 Geylang East Avenue 1
Singapore 389777

Alternatively, you can also send an email to

For further details, visit the Scholastic Asian Book Award website.

I believe that this is truly an exciting endeavor. I personally feel that there are a lot of local talents out there in Asia, and they are rarely given opportunities to shine in this fashion.

I recall Nury Vittachi’s short and sweet keynote during the Asian Festival for Children’s Content at the Arts House when he noted that while we may not have Harry Potter in Asia or classics such as Lord of the Rings originating from around here, the market lies in Asia.

I dream of a day when children’s book authors and YA lit originating from Asia would get the recognition that they so richly deserve. And that my 8 year old daughter starts reading a book that resonates deep within her because she knows that the story is written for her, with realities that mirror the world that she lives in.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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