The Singapore Prize 2024

The Singapore Prize 2024 is open to submissions from authors of any nationality and genre, as long as their work focuses on the unique Singapore story. Works can be written in any of the four official Singapore languages, or translated into one of them. They must have been published in the year of nomination and can be either fiction or non-fiction. Applicants must also be Singapore citizens or permanent residents, or have strong Singaporean ties. The winning works will be those that have a clear focus on Singapore’s history and are of interest to both local readers and the wider international community.

The prestigious award comes with a cash prize of S$25,000, as well as a lifetime membership to the Singapore Writers’ Association and the Asian Writing Centre. The winner will also be invited to give a talk at the awards ceremony and participate in a workshop on how to write a successful book.

Prof Miksic’s book earned the gong because it laid foundations for a “fundamental reinterpretation” of Singapore’s history, he said. The prize panel cited the book as “an elegantly crafted and well-researched narrative of Singapore’s kampong gelam,” and commended its use of primary sources such as oral histories and letters.

In the book, he tells how the migrants’ contributions to society in the form of farming, trade and manufacturing were essential to the survival of the city state, but were often overlooked because of its modern-day reputation for financial success. He hopes the book will encourage more people to understand the past and appreciate its contribution to today’s Singapore.

Last month, the winners of this year’s Singapore International Violin Competition were announced, with Dmytro Udovychenko receiving USD 50,000, Anna Agafia Egholm taking USD 25,000 and Angela Sin Ying Chan getting USD 15,000. The prize money totalled to more than USD $110,000, along with multiple concert engagements.

Britain’s Prince William rolled out the green carpet at the third annual Earthshot Prize awards in Singapore, presenting five winners whose innovations ranging from solar-powered dryers to combating food waste and making electric car batteries more environmentally friendly were hailed as hopeful signs of solving climate change. He was joined by celebrities such as Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and actors Donnie Yen and Lana Condor, as well as Australian wildlife conservationist Robert Irwin.

Several local arcade-goers told CNA that they do not fear restrictions on prizes offered at such entertainment venues, which will be imposed from March 1. Under the new rules, operators must only offer items of less than S$100, a move to reduce gambling inducement. At the Cow Play Cow Moo arcade outlet in Downtown East, a 35-year-old who only wanted to be identified as Ms Wong, said that she usually plays for a G-shock watch or stack of trading cards. She said she visits the venue about once a week and spends about half an hour playing games.

What Is Gambling?

Gambling involves risking something of value (money, property or even one’s life) on an event with a potential for winning more. The events can be games of chance or skill, but they must always involve some level of risk and a prize. Whether you bet on your favourite team to win the football match, try your luck at a casino slot machine or place a bet on the next powerball lottery draw, gambling can have harmful effects. It can damage your health, spoil relationships and cause financial ruin. For many people, the key to overcoming gambling problems is realizing that they have a problem and seeking help.

Despite the fact that most adults and adolescents have placed some sort of bet, only a small percentage go on to develop pathological gambling. This is likely due to a variety of factors, including a lack of objective criteria for the disorder, and different paradigms or world views from which people view gambling and its adverse consequences. For example, research scientists, psychiatrists and other treatment care clinicians frame the issue differently according to their disciplinary training, experience and special interests.

In addition, the perception of the odds of an event varies widely, making it difficult to determine what constitutes “gambling.” In some cases, even activities that are clearly gambling may not be identified because gamblers do not recognize them as such and use other criteria to distinguish them from non-gambling activities. For example, insurance is a form of risk transfer that is often classified as gambling because insurers use actuarial methods to calculate premiums based on expected loss over time. The same is true for sports betting, which is also often viewed as gambling because it involves putting money on an outcome that cannot be directly controlled or predicted by the player or players.

For some people, gambling is a way to relieve unpleasant feelings and unwind. However, there are other healthier ways to do so, such as exercise, spending time with friends who don’t gamble, and practicing relaxation techniques. Moreover, for those who are addicted to gambling, it’s important to learn healthier ways of dealing with boredom and isolation.

Taking control of your finances and limiting access to credit cards, online betting accounts, and other sources of gambling is the first step in breaking the habit. For those who are suffering from gambling addiction, there are effective treatments available. If you know someone who is struggling, suggest they take BetterHelp’s free assessment and be matched with a licensed therapist. It’s free, confidential and just a click away. The road to recovery from gambling disorders is tough, but it’s possible with the right support. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken the first step to get help and rebuild their lives. Read some of their stories here.