Anugerah Persuratan


Anugerah Persuratan 2020/2021 Full Award Ceremony


The Malay Language Council, Singapore (MBMS) has been organising the Anugerah Persuratan since 1993 as a biennial event and is part of the Council’s effort to recognise Malay language writers. Other than recognition of works, the event also aims to develop and encourage writers to produce works in Malay language, encourage publication of high quality works and promote Malay literary in the community.


See the Anugerah Persuratan Honour Roll for years 2007-2021 here


The recipients of Anugerah Persuratan 2020/2021 with MBMS member Dr Azhar, Guest-of-Honour Minister Edwin Tong, and MBMS Chairman Prof Faishal.


Anugerah Persuratan 2020/2021 Awards Ceremony was held on the 10 April 2021, at the River Room, Asian Civilisation Museum. Five of our local Singaporean writers were recognised for their contributions to the Malay literary scene in Singapore. The event was graced by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Edwin Tong.


Guest-of-Honour Minister Edwin Tong giving his speech at Anugerah Persuratan 2020/2021 Awards Ceremony.


Tun Seri Lanang recipient, Mr Hamed Ismail.



Hamed Ismail



Zaidy Nandir



Jamal Ismail (Novel and Short Story)

Farihan Bahron (Poetry)

Rilla Melati (Children Literature)


The recipients of Anugerah Persuratan 2020/2021.


MBMS is honoured to have Singapore Book Council, National Arts Council and National Heritage Board support the achievements of Malay language writers at Anugerah Persuratan.


To view the Anugerah Persuratan Commemorative Magazine, click here.


*Under the guidance of MCCY and ACM, the prevailing safe management guidelines were adhered to.


In picture: Tun Seri Lanang Award recipient, Mdm Rasiah Halil (left) and Promising Award recipient, Mr Farihan Bahron at the 2017 Malay Literary Award ceremony. (Picture source: Berita Harian)


Awards presented for Anugerah Persuratan

  1. Tun Seri Lanang Award*

    The Tun Seri Lanang Award is presented to an established writer in the Malay Language scene for their contribution to the literary arts. It is the pinnacle award in this event in recognition of their achievements and contributions. The recipient will receive $5,000 cash.

  2. Tun Seri Lanang Posthumous Award*

    Anumerta Tun Seri Lanang is given to an arts practitioner who has passed away in recognition of their contribution to the arts scene. The family of the posthumous recipient will receive $2,000. 

  3. Promising Award

    This award is given to writers aged below 40 who have shown prominent potential in the literary arena with significant artistic achievement and contribution. It encourages young practitioners to continue pursuing excellence in the arts, and to look towards inspiring others. The recipient of the award will receive $3,000. 

  4. Literary Prizes

The literary prizes are awarded to writers in different genres such as novel, short story and poetry in recognition of their literary excellence for the publication. Each prize is worth $3,500 in cash.


*A $3,500 research grant is awarded to individuals who are keen to research on the chosen authors, upon approval