An Evening of Poetry and Music 2013


Dear friends,

The Evening of Poetry and Music will be held on the first of March this year!

As part of our long-standing tradition, we will be inviting the winners of the Creative Writing Competition 2012 to read excerpts from their winning entry. We have also invited local music artists For This Cycle and Jonathan Meur to perform during the evening. NUS Improv will also be performing an item as well.

Entry for the event is free-of-charge. However, we will be implementing a pay-as-you-please system at the end of the event.. Do come down and join us for a wonderful evening!

P.S. Due to their busy schedules, our judges are still reading your CWC entries. We will post the results here when it’s all in, so watch this space. Our apologies for the delay!


Creative Writing Competition 2012


UPDATE: The official  submission deadline for the CWC is over. Those who have sent in the soft copy of their work(s) should ensure that the hard copy is sent to the NUS Literary Society’s mail-box by 5th December 2012.

Dear friends,

Submissions for the Creative Writing Competition are now open.

This year, there are three categories for submissions – poetry, prose and plays. We are pleased to announce that the judges for the three categories are Edwin Thumboo, Jason Erik Lundberg, and Tan Tarn How respectively.

Professor Edwin Thumboo is a poet with many awards to his name, including the Cultural Medallion (1979) and S.E.A Write Award (1979). He is widely considered to be a pioneer of English Literature in Singapore who has contributed much as a poet and academic.

Jason Erik Lundberg is a Singapore-based author who is a man of many talents: he has written numerous books and short stories, founded LONTAR, a quarterly literary journal and together with his wife, runs a critically-acclaimed press, Two Cranes Press.

Tan Tarn How is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been staged in Singapore and Hong Kong. His most recent play to have been staged is Fear of Writing in 2011. He is also involved in policy research as a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Policy Studies (Singapore).

Do read the submission guidelines thoroughly when submitting your work(s). The document can be downloaded here :

Welcome Tea 2012!

Hello to all!

NUS Literary Society is having a Welcome Tea for freshmen and undergraduates with an interest in all things literary! It’ll be at 6pm on 17 August 2012 in AS5/0309. Do come down for this evening and get to know more awesome people! (like us) You can also find out more about the activities we’ll be having this semester too.

Join us as we make the literary experience social!

NUS Literary Society Social Camp 2012!


Freshmen, take heed! The NUS Literary Society is organizing a 2 Days, 1 Night Social Camp on 30 June 2012. Do come and have fun with fellow freshmen with the same passion for all things literary! Not only will the camp be fun, it’ll also be useful as we’ll bring you through the CORS bidding system, and show you the routes around NUS! Those who are planning to major, minor or take courses in English Language, English Literature or Theatre Studies can also meet seniors who will share advice on the modules and professors.

Sign up by filling up the registration form here! You will receive a reply from us within 3 working days after you’ve submitted your registration. For inquiries, do e-mail us at

Do note the following:
– Do bring along with you the fees and a hard copy of the signed indemnity form, which can be downloaded here. Failure to do so will mean that we cannot let you participate in the camp. Sorry!
– The amount you pay will go into the meals that will be provided during the camp.
– It is highly recommended that you bring along toiletries and a sleeping bag for spending the night.

Call for Submissions!

Fancy Seeing Yourself In Print?

NUS Literary Society is collaborating with NTU Epiphany to publish a joint-tertiary hard-copy anthology*. Send in your entries by 10th May 2012! All entries will be reviewed by a team of editors. Selected submissions will be compiled into a manuscript and published as part of an anthology showcasing only the very best of student works!

The guideline for submissions are as follows:

  • We are accepting poetry and prose of no longer than 5000 words
  • Photography, illustrations and any other form of visual art are welcome as well
    • To be submitted in a digital format of at least 300dpi
    • Should be accompanied with a title and an optional write-up of no more than 200 words
  • Do include your full name, institute of education, and contact number.
  • Deadline of submissions: 10th May 2012
  • All submissions should be sent to Kindly highlight that the submission is intended for the anthology.
  • NUS Literary Society will be accepting only submissions from current students (undergraduates and graduate students) of NUS
  • Students retain the rights to the works they submit, but are required that they do not submit them for any other publication until the project is complete

So write in and leave your print!

*Do note that there is no guarantee that the works will be published. However, should the hard copy anthology not come to fruition, the selected works will be published in NUS Literary Society’s online magazine Symbal.

Evening Of Poetry & Music 2012 – Register Now!

It’s that time of the year again! The NUS Literary Society will be organizing the Evening of Poetry & Music 2012 and all are welcome to join us!

Date: 25 February 2012, Saturday
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Ngee Ann Kong Si Auditorium @ University Town, National University of Singapore (click to download map)

The EPM will feature distinguished literary figures from the local scene as well as musical performances from NUS music groups, including NUS Resonance (acapella). Highlights of the event will also be the prize presentation ceremony for the winners of the Creative Writing Competition 2011, and a reading by the winners. Refreshments will also be provided.

***Important Note:
Admission is free of charge. However, interested participants should register for the event by filling in this form. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you, and it will serve as your ticket for admission into the venue.

If you have any inquiries regarding the event, do leave them in the comments section below or e-mail us at

Do let your friends know about the EPM! We hope to see you there!

Singapore Writers’ Festival: Sounding The Symbal!

Dear Friends,

As part of the Singapore Writers’ Festival, NUS Literary Society will be giving a short reading of orignal works written by our very own students! The works consist of poetry and prose surrounding the theme, “Milestones & Beginnings”, which is also the theme for the first issue of Symbal, our very own online publication.

The reading will be conducted at the Festival Pavillion, SMU Campus Green (Grass Patch between School of Information Systems and Li Ka Shing Library) from 2.45pm to 3.15pm.

So do stop by for an enjoyable afternoon of fun and literature! The event is free so bring all your friends and family and peek into the minds of our writers as they relate what the theme means to them through a medium that has existed since time immemorial.

Symbal: A Clarion Call for Creative Writing Submissions

Dear all,

NUS Literary Society will be launching the first issue of our online publication, Symbal, this semester. We are now accepting submissions from NUS undergraduate and graduate students, as well as pre-University students and NSFs.

The theme for this issue is “Milestones & Beginnings“. We are accepting either prose or poetry. There will also be an optional challenge specially for this issue (see below).

The deadline for submission of entries is 15 October.

Entries should be sent to Preface the subject field with “Submission: (title of work)“. For inquiries,  preface the subject field with “Inquiry: (issue of concern)“.

Do include your name, age, e-mail address, contact number, and institute of education.


The 25/250 Challenge

In anticipation of NUS Literary Society’s 50th anniversary, we are looking for entries that fulfill one of the following criteria:
a. Poetry with 25 words exactly
b. Prose with a maximum word limit of 250 words

All entries submitted for this challenge should adhere to the theme stated above as well.

The best entry in both categories will win a free Festival Pass to the Singapore Writers’ Festival (SWF), a 9-day pass to one of Asia’s premier literary events. Winners will also have their entry showcased in a short event during the SWF on 27 October.

We look forward to receiving your entries!