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Winning Works
Awards, Prizes & Commendations


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If you are an aspiring writer, remember to put your work out into the world. Nothing gets published if it has not been submitted. Learn to accept and cope with rejections, they’re part of a writer’s life. Build up your portfolio. Send out work for publication and competitions. Every bit of success is a notch up. Keep on sending out short works until you write your big novel or book. You can start small, in your school magazine, local paper or parish news, then work your way into national publications. When you have a track record of success and of being published and you write this in your covering letter, it will be easier to get a publisher’s attention when you eventually submit your manuscript. It does not mean that you will be published straight-away but at least your work stand a better chance of it being read and not ending up on the slush pile.

By sharing the following literary prizes and awards I have won, I hope that it will encourage you to send out your writing and get noticed. For me, being one of the twelve finalists of The 1992 Ian St James Awards and having my short story published by Harper Collins in an anthology was my first foot-hold into the international publishing world. And I am deeply grateful to novelist Ian St James for providing such an opportunity for aspiring writers.

Year Title of Work Type Award, Prize & Commendation Comments

2014

Kampong Spirit : Gotong Royong /Life in Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965                            

Collection of Non-Fiction Short Stories

Singapore Literature Prize
for Non-Fiction 2014

Certificate, Plaque, Pen &
Cash Prize

2009

Treasures in God’s Pocket

Article

SWWJ UK (Society Of Women Writers & Journalists Theodora Roscoe/Vera Brittain Cup 2009 Travel Writing Competition, Autumn 2009

Certificate of Commendation & Cash Prize

2007

Question Of Choice

Short Story

SWWJ UK (Society Of Women Writers & Journalists) Theodora Roscoe/Vera Brittain Cup 2007 Short Story Prize Competition

3rd Prize & Cash Prize

2006

A Sense Of Place – And Home

Article

SWWJ UK (Society Of Women Writers & Journalists Christmas 2006 Competition/John Walter Salver Prize

Certificate of Commendation & Cash Prize

1998

Watercolour Dream

Short Story

Worldwide Writers UK 1998, Issue 2

One of twelve winners. Prior to publication this story won a Commendation Prize for the Guildford Book Festival, Surrey. Plus invitation to award presentation & public reading of my story (My First Public Reading of my own work)

Publication & Cash Prize

1992

Tropical Fever

Short Story

UK. Ian St. James Awards, Fontana, Harper Collins UK,1992 ,in anthology. Blood, Sweat & Tears

One of 12 Winners. Plus invitation to presentation of awards at London Hilton by thriller novelist Ian St. James! Stories published in leather-bound book!

Publication & Cash Prize

1986

Winter 1986

Article

UK. Waverley Council 1991 Waverley Magazine

Cash Prize
Plus invitation to a presentation at The Great Hall, Farnham Castle, Farnham, Surrey – where my work was read out by an actor!!

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