• Awards Participation Guidelines

    Last updated : 11th Feb 2020 (see the update under Shortlisted Participants / FAQs)

    Eligibility requirements

    • Published works by writers published on or after the eligibility year (Jan 1st, 2017). 
    • Unpublished works are eligible too.
    • Category One : Full-length books of non-fiction (eligible to apply to compete for the Golden Door Non-Fiction Award). It must be your original work of not less than 8000 words. 
    • Category Two : Non-fiction essays of your original work which are at least 1000 words and a maximum of 3000 words (eligible to apply to compete for the Golden Door Essay Award). 
    • Category Three : Collected and selected poems by one author, as original work of not less than 30 pages and not less than 10 lines per poem. as a full-length book (eligible to apply to compete for the Golden Door Poetry Award). 

    The following are NOT eligible :

      • Any works which have been written by a ghost-writer/s. 
      • Non-English titles.
      • Works which have been translated into English. This is because Translated Literature has not yet been added as a Category in the Golden Door Awards 2020.   
      • Any works by writers published before the eligibility year (Jan 1st, 2017).
      • Any works by writers that do not fit within the 3 Categories listed above. 

      In the event of a dispute as to eligibility, the Board of Golden Door Awards will decide whether a book or manuscript is eligible, and its decision will be binding.

      Longlist / Shortlist & Prizes

      • There will be a panel of three (3) Judges in the categories of Non-fiction Book, Non-fiction Essays, and Poetry. 
      • The Golden Door Awards has announced the Top 20 from all 3 categories on the 30th December 2019. 
      • Consequently, there will be another round of judging before Grand Winner in each category is announced at the Golden Door Awards Inauguration Dinner on the postponed date of September 5th 2020
      • Each Grand Winner will receive the grand prize of 10,000 in Singapore Dollars. Those whose names are listed together in the Top 20 List (view here), will share the cash prize equally between themselves. There will also be several consolation prizes for every category. 
      • If you have been shortlisted, attendance at the event is compulsory to receive the prizes, awards or medals. Book your seat or table here

        The Submission Process (closed since the 15th of Oct 2019)

            Publishers must complete the online entry form and submit payment.

            • All registrations must be made through the online submission link. When you successfully complete Step 1 of the online submission, you would have received the proof in the form of a PDF file automatically sent to your email address. If you can't find it, check your SPAM folder.
            • For unpublished manuscripts : Please double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font. Please ensure that the manuscript is binded professionally. For for less than 15-page submission, you can choose to properly staple your submission. Otherwise, loose papers and badly stapled sheets will not be accepted.
            • Preparing the Submission Package : In your Submission Package, please include three (3) copies of each submitted book or manuscript. Please include a Cover Letter - it should be no more than 2 pages describing your *publication history (if applicable) and the name of the submitted book/s or manuscript/s. *Publication history refers to the previous books you have published in the past.
            • Multiple submissions : We allow multiple submissions in a single Submission Package. In addition to the above (please see "Preparing the Submission Package"), please add a printed list of all the submitted books or manuscripts. 
            • Submission Deadline : The Submission Package must be clearly marked with the words “Golden Door Awards  and be sent by mail or courier to the Golden Door Awards’ office to be received before the Final Extension Date of 15th October 2019 (5PM SGT)Please send packages as early as possible. Judges are not obligated to consider submissions that arrive after the deadline.
            • Entry fee : There is a USD 50 entry fee for each submission. For full-time students (18 and below), it is only USD 20 entry fee for each submission. Entry fees are non-refundable regardless of any reason or circumstance.
            • Modes of payment : Accepted forms of payment include PayPal, credit card and bank transfer. Please be prepared with payment information before you begin the online submission process. Check payments will not be accepted. 
            • Publishers and Authors whose submitted books / manuscripts are deemed ineligible by the Golden Door Awards will still be subject to the stated entry fee. 
            • The Chair of the Judging Panel may “call in” titles through the Golden Door Awards office that have not been submitted by Publisher or Author. The Golden Door Awards then asks Publishers or Authors to submit these titles for consideration, assuming they meet eligibility requirements. Publishers or Authors may submit at their own discretion. The relevant fee applies to all call-in titles.
            • Each Author must be made aware of and consent to the entry of his/her book or manuscript for the Golden Door Awards.
            Additional note for Publishers submitting on behalf of Authors:
            • Each Publisher must designate one person to coordinate all Golden Door Award-related matters with the Golden Door Awards throughout the Awards process. This person will be contacted in the case that a title becomes part of the Longlist. If this person is new to the process, please make sure they are familiar with these guidelines and deadlines.


            Shortlisted participants

                If you have been nominated for the shortlist, you are required to attend the Awards event in Singapore on September 5th 2020. Attendance is mandatory as the the Winner/s will be announced during that event date only. To attend, book your seat here.


                      I completed the online registration (Step 1) of the Submission Process, but missed out making the payment for the entry fees (Step 2) and preparing the submission package (Step 3):


                      If you missed out on Step 2 and Step 3, click here.


                      I missed the entry form deadline but would like to enter a book or manuscript. Is this possible?
                      Unfortunately, no entries can be submitted once the entry form deadline has passed.


                      What should I do if galley copies of an entered title won’t be available before October 15th, 2019?
                      We accept both published and unpublished works. In the case where a galley copy or a title won’t be available until after the Submission Deadline, please send a bound manuscript to the Golden Door Awards for receipt before the Submission Deadline. Finished copies may be sent to Golden Door Awards when they become available.


                      What if my book or manuscript could be considered in more than one category?
                      Books and manuscripts must only be submitted in one category. Please choose the category most appropriate when entering the items for submission.


                      Do I need to include a cover letter with books?
                      Yes. Please limit it to up to two page Cover Letter with your publication history* (if applicable). *Publication history refers to the previous books you have published in the past. Now, for multiple submissions, please also include a list of submitted books in each Submission Package. Additionally, boxes must be clearly marked “Golden Door Awards.”


                      Are graphic novels and graphic memoirs eligible for the Golden Door Awards?
                      Yes, provided they meet the eligibility requirements stated above.


                      Can a writer submit their own book/manuscript for consideration?
                      Yes. The entry form can be completed by the writer or a publisher (on behalf of a writer) in order for a book or manuscript to be considered.


                      How will I know if the Golden Door Awards has received the books I mailed?

                      An email notification will be sent to you.


                      When will I be notified if a book or manuscript I entered for consideration is on the Longlist?

                      If a book or manuscript is chosen for the Top 20, the contact person who submitted the manuscript will be notified. For details regarding the Longlist and Shortlist, and other Golden Door Awards related announcements, please sign up for our Newsletter.


                      Am I required to attend the Awards in Singapore ?

                      All participants who have been shortlisted are required to attend the inauguration event in Singapore on September 5th 2020 to remain in the competition for selection and announcement of the Winner/s.

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