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To encourage greater public participation in the creation of Singapore poetry, the campaign also features a poetry competition to entice closet poets to step out and submit their works via the Text in the City app or online at

Poems can be written in English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil and must be an original, unpublished work. Submission deadline has been extended to 25 January 2015. Attractive cash prizes to be won when your poem is selected by our judges. 

Public category

First prize: $1000 cash and $500 worth of BooksActually vouchers

5 consolation prizes: $250 worth of BooksActually vouchers 

Youth category

First prize: $500 cash and $500 worth of BooksActually vouchers

5 consolation prizes: $250 worth of BooksActually vouchers 


1. The competition is open to all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. 

2. There are two categories in the competition: Public category and Youth category. The Public category is open to anyone above 18 years of age. The Youth category is for persons 18 years and below.

3. Only unpublished poems may be entered for this competition. Poems must be the original work of the entrant.

4. Entries may be written in any of Singapore’s four official languages – English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. English translation of poems in Chinese, Malay and Tamil are not required.

5. All poems must have a title. There is no restriction to the length of the poem. The theme of the entries must be based on spaces and places in Singapore.

6. Multiple entries are eligible as long as each submission complies with all the rules and regulations.

7. Any entry that is late or that does not comply with the rules and regulations will be disqualified.

8. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees that the organisers will have perpetual and non-exclusive right to use his/her entry in any manner, medium, and on any hardware device the organisers deem necessary to promote, advertise, or exhibit for the campaign Text In The City. Copyright of the entry remains with the entrant.

9. The judges’ decision is final, and neither the judges, nor The Arts House or TLC will enter into any correspondence to justify their decision.

10. The Arts House and TLC reserve the right to change any of the rules and regulations without prior notice.


1. How many poems can I submit ? 
As many as you can write!

2. I am a 15-year-old student. Am I only allowed to submit my poem in the Youth category?
Yes, you can only submit for the Youth category, as the Public category isfor participants aged 19 years and above. The two categories are judged separately. 

3. Do I need to submit images or recordings (audio and video) of myself reciting the poem?
No, images and recordings are not required. If you choose to submit any images or recordings, please note that you would be giving us the rights to use the images/video or audio recordings on the app and website as well as for any promotional materials in relation to Text In The City. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for further details. 

4. Can I submit my poems in languages other than English?
Yes. We accept submissions in the four official languages – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. 

5. Do I need to translate my poem?
No. It is not required to submit translations of poems. Each language group will be judged separately. Any winning entries in Chinese, Malay or Tamil, would be translated by appointed translators of The Arts House. 

6. My poem has appeared online. Can I still submit it for the competition?
If the poem is uploaded on a personal blog or other social media platforms, it is still eligible for submission. However, if it has appeared on an online publication (local or international), it is not eligible. 

7. Can I submit my poems if I am a published poet?
Yes, you can submit poems that have not been published in print or online, as we hope to encourage and collect more new writings and works. We accept all recent and old works, as long as they have not been published before. 

8. What is the closing date for submission?
The competition closes at 11.59pm (Singapore time) on Sunday, 25 January 2015. 

9. How many prizes will there be?
There is a total 12 prizes – one top prize and five consolation prizes for each category. The top prizes are: $1000 cash and $500 book voucher for the Public category and $500 cash and $500 book voucher for the Youth category. For the consolation prizes, participants will receive a $250 book voucher each. 

10. When will winners be announced?

Thank you for participating in Text in The City poetry competition! All winners have been notified on 19 March 2015 via email.