Singapore Book Council (formerly known as National Book Development Council of Singapore)

Singapore Book Council (SBC) is a charity founded in 1968. Its vision is to Build Our Imagine-nation by developing creativity, imagination and original thought through writing, reading, illustrating and storytelling. Its mission is to fulfil this vision through books and literary art events, workshops, and awards, because it all starts with a story.

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*SCAPE Co. Ltd is a non-profit organisation with its mission and vision rooted in support of youth, talent and leadership development. The organisation aims to facilitate youth-oriented programmes and support within various communities of youth interest in Singapore. The youth of today will be inspired and empowered to DREAM IT AND LIVE IT at *SCAPE!

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National Youth Council

At the National Youth Council (NYC), we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop a dynamic and engaging environment where young people can realise their aspirations and play a part in making Singapore an endearing home for all. As the national body coordinating holistic youth development, NYC offers a variety of initiatives to develop our youths to be discerning, active and resilient citizens.

Main Programme Partners

Singapore Writers Festival

The Singapore Writers Festival is an exciting meeting point of writers, academics and thinkers in a choice spread of panel discussions, workshops, lectures and performances in 10 days. It has hosted literati the likes of Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian, Whitbread Book Awards First Novel winner Tash Aw, British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Nebula winner Neil Gaiman and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham. In addition to the main festival, our year-long celebration of words includes Words Go Round, an outreach programme for students, teachers and the public, Utter, to showcase Singaporean writing across different media and languages in the third quarter of 2017, and SWF POP, our pop-up series of literary events across Singapore.


AIESEC is a global youth-led organization striving to achieve peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential by activating leadership qualities in youth through learning from practical experiences in challenging environments. Together with partner organisations, AIESEC facilitates a network of cross-cultural exchanges in the form of volunteering experiences and professional internships.

Supporting Programme Partners

Singapore Kindness Movement

Kindness is in everyone. The Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) wants to encourage everyone to start, show and share kindness. We aspire to inspire graciousness one kind act at a time. By sparing a thought for the people around us, we hope to create a gracious society, and make life better for you and me. SKM is a non-government, non-profit organisation, as well as a registered charity and Institution of Public Character.

LASALLE Puttnam School of Film

LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers over 30 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in fine arts, design communication, interior design, product design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, arts pedagogy and practice, art therapy, and Asian art histories. Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence.

Association of Comic Artists

The Association of Comic Artists (Singapore) was founded in 2005 by a group of professional and semi-professional creators and artists. ACAS aims to provide a place where members can collaborate to get their stories published – writing, pencils, inks, colours, tones. ACAS also runs classes on these skills at our own facility at Goodman Arts Center, as well as in various schools. We have been visible in much local media to promote the positives that come from comics, and where possible we produce and publish members’ work.

BananaMana Films

BananaMana Films was commissioned by Toggle to develop a web series but after just a few scripts were told to convert it into a full-fledged 13 episode TV series. Entitled “What Do Men Want?” the series went on to air on Mediacorp Ch5 and won a directing award in LA. Their second web series “Perfect Girl” received 16 nominations worldwide and won 7 awards including the Best Drama category in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Toronto Web Festivals. Their latest project Bang Bang Club (TV Pilot) won a Platinum Remi at the Houston International Film Festival and was nominated for both Best Editing and Best Original Score at the Indie Series Awards LA.

Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity

Established since 2013, HCAC is the first private acting school in Singapore and exists to free your talent. It is the only acting studio in Asia to teach Lee Strasberg’s Method of Acting as it was intended. HCAC offers a portfolio of programmes based on various Method Acting techniques. HCAC boasts a community of more than 400 students and alumni of actors, non-actors of various backgrounds, training and experience, as well as an international faculty of experienced instructors.

Red Dot Cinema

Red Dot Cinema brings independent short films from Asia to the world by distributing and organizing film screening events around the world. We empower organizers in putting up cool and fun screening events in the most creative spaces. Since its launch in 2015, Red Dot Cinema’s program has been screen in 16 cities such as those in USA, UK, Canada, Poland, Italy, Malaysia, Taiwan, Panama, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, and Singapore. 

Rakuten Kobo

Founded in 2009, Toronto-based Rakuten Kobo Inc. offers more than 5 million eBooks to readers around the world directly through and thousands of global retail partner locations. Because Kobo believes reading makes the world a better place, their mission is to empower booklovers to read more. 

Singapore National Co-operative Federation

The Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) was established in 1980 as the country’s collective representation of the co-operative movement. Our comprehensive programmes help co-operatives strengthen their enterprises so they can better serve their members, the broader community and transform the national economy. That is, they are business entities which pursue economic viability with a social focus. 

Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar

Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar is an annual, independent zine set on promoting emerging writers and “snackable” genre fiction. Started by independent writers from both Singapore and Malaysia, we wanted a platform for writers to tell stories they want to tell, in the genres they want to tell it in. And we wanted a platform for our readers to appreciate intriguing (and at times, action-packed and silly) stories on-the-go. As such, Pulp Toast, or Roti Bakar, came out of the oven.

Official Student Reporters

Republic Polytechnic

The first educational institution in Singapore to leverage the Problem-based Learning approach for all its diploma programmes, Republic Polytechnic has seven schools and one academic centre offering forty-one diplomas. At the School of Management and Communication, the Diploma in Mass Communication shapes students into effective communicators by equipping them with the skills to succeed in journalism, public relations and marketing. Students are provided with a strong foundation of knowledge across all media platforms, including print, broadcast, and digital.

Innova Junior College

Launched in the 10th year of Innova Junior College’s journey, Innova Press is a milestone for the college. The Press is the school’s first ever student-led publication channel and it strives to be the sonorous voice of the community. Covering college events, community and social issues, and featuring reviews on plays and books, the bi-annual publication also showcases photography and artwork by the Press’ own students and teachers. With an eager spirit and a confident voice, the students of Innova Press embody ethical, truthful, and passionate reporting. Their articles are a testament of how the voice of youths, when wielded responsibly, can speak truth to a community. 

Victoria Junior College

Victoria Junior College is a premier pre-university institution in Singapore. It has a strong tradition in the humanities and the arts, and has produced some of Singapore's most well-known filmmakers and actors, including Tan Pin Pin, Joanne Peh and Michelle Chong. The student groups that has contributed to All In! are, Writers' Circle which aims to foster a love for writing through events and weekly meetings and The Victorian Press, a journalism society that covers school events and school culture.

Cedar Girls' Secondary School

Cedar Girls’ Secondary School was founded in 1957 and provides an all-round education based on its vision to bring out the best in its students as Passionate Learners and Social Innovators. As a dual-track school catering to individual learning needs, the school offers both the 4-year O-Level Programme and the 6-year Victoria-Cedar Alliance Integrated Programme which is jointly implemented with Victoria School and Victoria Junior College. The school offers a Humanities Special Programme where students are given many opportunities to develop their talent for the English language and humanities.

Media Partners

Parallel Ink

Parallel Ink (PI) is an international online literary and art publication staffed by over twenty teen editors, artists, and translators worldwide. Founded in 2012, Parallel Ink's mission is to encourage, support, and publish fellow young writers and artists between the ages of 12-18 years old by providing genuine peer-to-peer feedback on all submissions and creating a friendly online community to meet teenagers with similar interests. Upon moving to their newly launched Tumblr platform in early 2015, PI now reads and publishes poetry, narratives, essays, art, and multimedia year-round. 


MonDate is a weekly fun-filled LIVE interactive show covering hot video game, anime, manga, cosplay and comic topics weekly. Join them 8pm-9pm Mondays to laugh along and stand a chance to win amazing prizes! MonDate - making your Mondays awesome!

Unseen Mag

Launched in 2015, Unseen is a non-profit, by students for students, literary magazine for students and teachers of the A Level ‘Literature in English’ paper. Unseen accepts and publishes pieces by current students, teachers, writers and alumni, using the A Level set texts as a foundation. These pieces range from essays, to works of fiction, poetry and even criticism on theatrical works. Three issues have been released online, with a hard-copy book in the works.

CLARA Magazine

CLARA is a leading luxury lifestyle magazine in Indonesia. With a circulation of 20,000 copies every edition, CLARA curates and features respected local and international figures in fashion and lux lifestyle. In 2016, CLARA extended its market globally, having received positive feedback from its international readers, especially in Asia. CLARA is a lifestyle laboratory of sorts, serving vitamins for the brain and pleasure for the eyes.

Asian Geographic Junior

ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE celebrates Asia in all its rich diversity, from its natural environment to its assortment of wildlife, cultures and scientific discoveries. Based in Singapore, the team has its fingers on the pulse of Asia, with its award-winning contributors scouring the region to bring powerful stories and images to you. Titles under Asian Geographic Magazines include its flagship title ASIAN Geographic, PASSPORT, JUNIOR, and its diving titles, Asian Diver and Scuba Diver.

What's Up

What’s Up is a monthly newspaper for students that covers world affairs, business, science, the arts, sports, and entertainment. Many What’s Up stories grapple with serious issues. However, it explains these complicated topics as simply as possible, and make them interesting to kids. What's Up believes that all children should know what is happening but, at the same time, they deserve to feel that this world is still a great place to grow up in.

Official Bookstore

Closetful of Books

Closetful of Books is a specialist children’s bookseller started by Denise Tan and Kelvin Ng. They grew up accompanied by magical stories and continue to believe in the power of reading for pleasure. With that, Closetful of Books visits schools with a vast and specially-curated selection of picture books, novels, non-fiction titles and graphic novels for book fairs and extends library consultancy services to schools. 

School Partners

National University of Singapore

The NUS English Language and Literature (ELL) has been around since 1928. Housing three undergraduate majors and three graduate programmes, the English Language programme engages in the formal study of the structures of language and qualitative study of language in its social context. In Literature, it offers a range of coverage and approaches, emphasising capacities that students develop rather than the knowledge they must possess. For Theatre Studies, it emphasise on the different aspects of performance, ranging from theatrical productions to film and social performances.

Nanyang Technological University

The Division of English at Nanyang Technological University encourages innovative thought, open expression, and high levels of interaction and debate between academic staff and students with the aim of developing a thriving and exciting home for ideas and creative expression. It accommodates contemporary innovative approaches to literary study in a spirit of openness and intellectual discovery while cultivating an environment that encourages adventurous thinking from a diversity of perspectives. NTU English offers a major and a minor in English literature, both the M.A. and the Ph.D. by research, and General Elective subjects, as well as a creative writing minor.

Anglo-Chinese Junior College

Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) in was founded in 1977 and is the junior college arm of the Anglo-Chinese School family of Methodist schools. ACJC offers the standard two-year pre-university programme, with students taking the GCE 'A' Levels in their second year. As a Methodist institution committed to an all-round education of the highest standards, ACJC's brand of education is based on Christian principles and a consciousness of self, others, and God.

In Partnership With

NUS Literary Society

The NUS Literary Society has a long tradition that both supports and extends the work of the Department of English Language and Literature among students in Singapore. While its core members are university undergraduates, its aims have always been to share the powerful experience of literary culture with a wider audience of young readers and aspiring writers. Prominent Singaporean writers who have been part of the Society’s history as advisors, contributors or student leaders include Edwin Thumboo, Arthur Yap, Lee Tzu Pheng, Leong Liew Geok, Boey Kim Cheng, Felix Cheong, Heng Siok Tian, Paul Tan, Aaron Lee, Grace Chia and Cyril Wong.

NTU English and Drama Society | EPIPHANY

NTU Epiphany's Publications Team collaborated last year with All-In! Young Writers Festival to bring students as performing poets and participants as part of their involvement as a fringe event. On the regular, Publications holds events such as open mics, writers' workshops and participates in NTU's yearly LitFest, an event that engages the NTU community with the joys of literature and creative writing. NTU Epiphany has worked with the NTU Creative Writing Division, and writers such as Pooja Nansi & Boey Kim Cheng. Currently, NTU Epiphany consists of two divisions, the Theatre and Publications Wings, and hopes to continue broadening their ties to the literary community both within and outside of NTU.

Symbal Magazine

Symball is an online publication by the NUS Literary Society that wishes to inspire and nurture. It aims to be a platform to showcase the works of young writers across Singapore and celebrate the diversity of local literary talent, while facilitating their development through meetings, workshops and competitions.”



Bookmate brings the best e-reading experience to anyone in the world with a mobile device. We inspire people around the globe to read more, discover new books and find new friends with common interests. Bookmate is obsessed with improving the reader experience via Community, Communication and Curation and turning readers into creators. Bookmate now has 650,000 e-books in 12 languages, and is available worldwide.


Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

NTUC U Creative

An initiative by Our Unusual Labour Movement, NTUC U Creative was setup to support the creative media professionals in Singapore, by connecting them to the wider NTUC network. U Creative is a community for creative media professionals. It supports professionals by providing training and mentoring opportunities to keep media professionals up-to-date on current and future trends, providing networking opportunities with peers and industry practitioners across sectors, and facilitate access to grants for training and upskilling.

Singapore Media Academy

Incorporated since November 2005, Singapore Media Academy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mediacorp (the national broadcaster of Singapore), consolidating over 50 years of broadcast and media expertise to provide training, education and consultancy services to address the needs of the local and regional media industries.

Courseline Training Centre

CTC is an institution that provides training and education in developmental and mass communication, journalism, publication, theatre arts, early child education and other related areas. It has organised local and international studies and tours . CTC is an active member of the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).