Cover design by Lydia Wong
Cover photograph by Darren Soh
“Singapore’s fiction revival is on track! Thirty-five years after Robert Yeo’s landmark curation of the best national stories of his time, the project re-begins with a fresh slate of short fiction that rightly welcomes several new names. Jason Erik Lundberg has done an outstanding job of choosing stories you will want to return to—like rooms in the head—for years to come!”
—Gwee Li Sui, author and illustrator of Myth of the Stone
- Introduction | Jason Erik Lundberg
- The Tiger of 142B | Dave Chua
- The Hearing Aid | Vinita Ramani Mohan
- The Illoi of Kantimeral | Alvin Pang
- Lighthouse | Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
- Seascrapers | Stephanie Ye
- Because I Tell | Felix Cheong
- Sleeping | O Thiam Chin
- Agnes Joaquim, Bioterrorist | Ng Yi-Sheng
- The Dispossessed | Karen Kwek
- Harmonious Residences | Jeremy Tiang
- Randy’s Rotisserie | Amanda Lee Koe
- The Protocol Wars of Laundry and Coexistence | Koh Choon Hwee
- Zero Hour | Cyril Wong
- Walls | Verena Tay
- Copies | Eleanor Neo
- Welcome to the Pond | Wei Fen Lee
- Scared For What | Ann Ang
- Joo Chiat and Other Lost Things | Justin Ker
- Anniversary | Phan Ming Yen
- The Borrowed Boy | Alfian Sa’at
I am very proud to announce the contents and cover design for the first volume of The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories, to be published in October, and officially launched at the 2013 Singapore Writers Festival.
After spending months reading dozens of literary journals, magazine issues, anthologies, and single-author collections, I narrowed down the list to the above twenty stories, evenly split between male and female authors. A list of honourable mentions will also be provided in the back of the book for further reading.
The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume One curates the finest short fiction from Singaporean writers published in 2011 and 2012. This ground-breaking and unique anthology showcases stories that examine various facets of the human condition and the truths that we tell ourselves in order to exist in the everyday. The styles are as varied as the authors, and no two pieces are alike. Here are twenty unique and breathtaking literary insights into the Singaporean psyche, which examine what it means to live in this particular part of the world at this particular time.
Until 4th of October, you can enter to win one of only two Advance Uncorrected Proofs of the anthology at the book giveaway at Goodreads. The scope of the giveaway is quite wide (the major Anglophone countries and Southeast Asia), so enter today!