About the Judges

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Alfian Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with W!LD RICE. His published works include three collections of poetry, ‘One Fierce Hour’, ‘A History of Amnesia’ and ‘The Invisible Manuscript’, a collection of short stories, ‘Corridor’, a collection of flash fiction, ‘Malay Sketches’, two collections of plays as well as the published play ‘Cooling Off Day’.

Alfian has been nominated 10 times for Best Original Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, eventually winning in 2005 for ‘Landmarks’, in 2010 for ‘Nadirah’, in 2013 for 'Kakak Kau Punya Laki' (Your Sister's Husband) and in 2016 for ‘Hotel’ (with Marcia Vanderstraaten).

In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature. He has also been nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize three times, for 'Corridor' (1999, Commendation Prize), ‘A History of Amnesia’ (2004) and his translation of the novel ‘The Widower’ (2016).


Amanda Chong is a lawyer trained in Cambridge and Harvard, who writes poems on her lunch breaks. Her first collection, Professions, was published in 2016. She explores themes of gender and power in her writing. Her poetry has been engraved on the Marina Bay Helix Bridge and included in the Cambridge International GCSE syllabus.


As a lawyer, she has served in the United Nations Expert Group on the legal definition of trafficking in persons. She also co-founded ReadAble, a non-profit organisation that runs weekly literacy classes for children and migrant women in a low-income neighbourhood

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He Yingshu is an award-winning Chinese writer. She is also a practicing theatre critic and educator. She has published a number of short stories and theatre reviews on local and international platforms. She has published her first short story collection 《孕鱼》“Fish Birth” in July 2019.


Shane Carreon has a degree in MA Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She received the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for her poetry and the Nick Joaquin Literary Award for her fiction.  Her poetry collection, travelbook (UP Press, 2013) was nominated for Filipino Reader’s  Choice Award. Her works have appeared in Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore, Kritika Kultura, Little Things: An Anthology of Poetry (Ethos Books), Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets (Meritage Press). She teaches at the University of the Philippines Cebu where she is current chair of its Creative Writing Program.


Rebecca Haque is Professor, and former Chairperson (2009-12), Dept. of English, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is also a poet, writer, and translator. Her published books are COMMENCEMENT POEMS AND OCCASIONAL ESSAYS (2003, Rpt. 2009), WOMEN, GENDER, AND LITERATURE (2003), and HEMINGWAY: A CENTENARY TRIBUTE [Co-edited, 2007]. Rebecca Haque has been a Killam Scholar at Dalhousie U, Canada,  and writes Op-ed essays for The Daily Star (Bangladesh)  Newspaper.


Looi Siew Teip has been teaching English literature at the University of Malaya for the past 20 years.  He currently also teaches the guqin and has previously worked as a journalist and music critic in Singapore. Outside of his current professional interest in English poetry and medieval English, he also takes a keen interest in environmental issues and Taoist philosophy and practice.


Elancharan is a multidisciplinary artist and poet. He resides in Singapore with his family and cat, Leo. He has a strange love for all things poetical and Sci-Fi. A winner of the Montblanc X Esquire Six-word Story prize 2017. He is the creator of House Haiku, an experimental music series combining poetry and house music elements. Andromeda’s Alien, his first album is now represented by Red Claw Records (Germany). 

His latest publications are Untitled Protests and Why You So Dark? by UndergroundBooks (New York), Monochromatique by Queer Ink (India) and Dark Revolver by Roman Books (UK/India). His poetry has been published worldwide, on various international print and online platforms. His books and performances have been featured at the New York City Poetry Festival, Rantai Arts Festival (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore International Festival of the Arts, Singapore Writers Festival, Poetry Festival Singapore and was a guest performer at the Travel Poetry Slam (Singapore). 

To view his creative portfolio visit Instagram: @elancharan, Twitter: @elancharang, Soundcloud: Poet On Fire or literary blog: elancharan.com