The NUS Singapore History Prize and Vogue Singapore x BMW Innovation Prize
The third annual awards ceremony for the Earthshot Prize, a competition Prince William launched three years ago to find solutions to climate change, was held in Singapore Tuesday night. The royal heir was joined by a host of celebrities and entrepreneurs at the glam gala, including Ted Lasso star Cate Blanchett and Emmy award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown.
The NUS Singapore History Prize was established in 2014 with an endowed gift from an anonymous donor, and is administered by the Department of History at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The prize is open to book-length works written or translated into English, or incorporating a substantial aspect of Singapore’s history. Nominations are accepted from authors and creators of any nationality.
This year, the NUS Singapore History Prize drew a record number of submissions from both the local and international community. The shortlist was announced on 27 June, and the winner will be notified in July. The prize will be presented at the Inside World Festival of Interiors 2023 in Singapore next September. The winner will also be invited to present their work at the event.
NUS’ Singapore History Prize is one of the leading literary prizes in Southeast Asia, and has a strong reputation internationally. The judges include scholars and professionals in the fields of literature and history, and the citation for this year’s winning entry emphasized its “synthesis and primary source,” highlighting Ms Hidayah’s research and personal inputs into her book. The prize is intended to signal that ordinary citizens can write histories, and that history writing need not be done by professional historians.
A day after the winners were announced, poet Grace Chia, whose book Cordelia was shortlisted for the prize, delivered a speech in absentia at the Singapore Writers Festival that accused the prize of sexism. “A prize so coveted that it is apportioned to two male narratives of poetic discourse – rather than one outstanding poet – reeks of the engendered privilege that continues to plague this country’s literary landscape,” she said.
The Vogue Singapore x BMW Innovation Prize is an incubator for the region’s most promising fashion entrepreneurs. The program will provide the winners with funding and access to an exclusive four-week boot camp featuring industry experts from a range of pillars such as digital innovation, creative direction, design, brand storytelling, and more. In addition, the program will provide mentorship opportunities and an opportunity for the winners to pitch their business ideas to fashion executives from luxury brands across the world. The Vogue Singapore x BMW Innovation Prize was first introduced in partnership with German auto manufacturer BMW in December 2018. This is the third time the competition has been held, and it will return in 2024.