• Congratulations to the Top 20!

    These are the Top 20 based on submissions received from 15 countries


    The names listed below are NOT placed in order of the scores. If you find your name jointly displayed with another writer, and if selected to win, the Cash Prize will be shared equally between the two of you. Do note that attendance at the Awards night on the 5th September 2020 in Singapore is mandatory to be eligible for any award or prize.


    About the Participating Writers


    We have writers from different vocations ranging from Public Speakers, Musicians, Master Chefs, Journalists, Spiritualists, Medical Professionals, Students, Educationists, Business and Financial Experts, Bestselling Authors, Activists and more.


    All these writers have one thing in common. They are driven to create positive change while staying true to the noble values of truth and integrity.


    The Golden Door - REX Karmaveer Medal


    All participating writers, including those who did not make it to the Top 20 of the Golden Door Awards 2020, have been evaluated for the Golden Door - REX Karmaveer Medal (initiated by iCONGO and in partnership with the United Nations). The results for this coveted medal are out. Read more.

    Nasreen Variyawa

    Non-fiction Essay

    Author Coach Nasreen has written 3 Amazon.com best-sellers. An editor and ghost-author too, she is the creative force behind other best-sellers, too. A motivational speaker known to elevate audiences, she specializes in using poetry during her delivery, in her narratives, blogs and even quotes.

    Kon Hui Quek

    Non-fiction Essay

    Kon is a partner at a real estate private equity firm. He has a Masters in Finance from New York University and is a Sloan Fellow (MSx) of Stanfords Graduate School of Business. Outside of work, his time is dedicated to the art of Jiu-Jitsu. He has represented Singapore in the sport.


    Jeremy Monteiro

    Non-fiction Book

    “Singapore’s King of Swing” and Author, Jeremy Monteiro has garnered critical acclaim worldwide as a professional jazz pianist with more than 40 albums to his name. Jeremy is a Global Arts Ambassador for EFG Bank. In 2002, he received the highest honour in the Arts in Singapore, the Cultural Medallion.

    Stephanie Chan

    Poetry Book

    Stephanie is a poet, comedian and arts event organiser from Singapore. She is the co-editor of the 2017 and 2018 SingPoWriMo anthologies and the SingPoWriMo online magazine. A national poetry slam champion of Singapore and the UK, Stephanie has toured North America, Southeast Asia, Australia and Germany with her work.

    Christine Amour-Levar

    Non-fiction Essay

    Christine is a French-Swiss-Filipina Philanthropist, Adventurer, Entrepreneur and Author. A passionate advocate of women's leadership and empowerment, she co-founded Women on a Mission and founded HER Planet Earth - two award-winning, not-for-profit organisations - to take all-female teams on pioneering expeditions as a way to support worthy causes.

    Angie Makwetla

    Non-fiction Book

    Angie Makwetla is a South African Human Rights Commissioner for Child Rights & Migration and qualified as an Empowerment Workshop Facilitator (The Empowerment Institute, USA). Education : BA Social Work (University of the North), Management Certificate (Arthur D Little Management School, Masachussets, USA) and a SMME Management Certificate (Galilee College, Israel).

    Tallulah D'Silva

    Non-fiction Essay

    Tallulah is an architect who cares deeply for the environment. She is an educationist who places great emphasis on 'outdoor learning'. She is an avid traveller, explorer and keen observer of life. Her musings find expression in words and pictures on her blogs and a monthly newspaper column that she writes.

    Bianca Castafiore

    Poetry Book

    Trained as a corporate lawyer and legal academic for over a decade, Bianca has had her articles, commentaries, poetry and academic articles published since the 1990s. The multi-hyphenate who has survived many horrific tragedies and adversity in her life now imparts inspirational messages to thousands of followers on social media.”

    Roshani Shenazz

    Non-fiction Essay

    Roshani is an eminent Spiritual Medium, Humanitarian, Holistic Healing Therapist & Training Provider (I.P.H.M., UK accredited). She is a Happiness Mentor, Speaker, Author of bestselling book 'Angels Speak', Recipient of the UN / iCONGO REX Karmaveer Puraskaar JYOTI Award 2019. She travels globally to spread happiness, love, healing, guidance and transformation.



    Non-fiction Book

    Without a body, Rusty was wrongly convicted of drowning a fish poacher and spent ten harrowing years under horrendous conditions in Zimbabwe’s prisons during Mugabe’s rule. His faith in GOD, positive mental attitude, lessons in forgiveness, gratitude and humility bring a personal, transformative and authentic message of hope and freedom.

    Kristen Daria Zuriel

    Non-fiction Essay

    Kristen has travelled extensively. She believes that people everywhere have the same issues & made it her call to lift up their lives. She conquers forgotten grounds, & would quench a thirsting addict as much as have sit-downs with the mafia. Other roles she holds- Consultant, Lecturer, Motivational Speaker, Voiceover Artiste.

    Hoe Yeong Loke

    Non-fiction Book

    A London-based researcher and consultant on politics and international affairs. Formerly an associate fellow at the European Union Centre in Singapore. Author of The First Wave: JBJ, Chiam & the Opposition in Singapore and Let the People Have Him: Chiam See Tong, the Early Years, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize for non-fiction.

    Simon Vincent (jointly with Kevin Cottam)

    Non-fiction Book

    Simon Vincent is a multimedia journalist who covered the 2015 general election, among other news, for Six-Six News and is currently a freelance writer. His works have also appeared in The Middle Ground, Yahoo! News and other media.

    Natalie Turner

    Non-fiction Book

    Author, Speaker, Inventor of the Six 'I's ®, a methodology and profiling instrument that enables individuals and organisations to generate new ideas and bring them to life, Natalie is a change maker and catalyst who inspires courageous action to create purpose driven innovations that will change the world for the better.

    Eirliani Abdul Rahman

    Non-fiction Book

    Eirliani works for Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and is Executive Director of YAKIN. Winner of the 2015 BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award, she will be skiing to the North Pole to highlight child sexual abuse. A former diplomat, Eirliani holds a Masters from the LSE.

    Mystqx Skye

    Poetry Book

    Born in the spirit of "The Archer", a life traveller and truth seeker – she loves to write about life in all its hues; hoping that one could find inspiration and courage through her writings. Mystqx Skye is a Zurich-based writer who authored: Bared - Beneath a Myriad of Skies.

    Mzwandile Paul

    Poetry Book

    Mzwandile is an independently published author, poet and journalism student from South Africa.

    He is an author of the year award winner of 2019 Poetry Award.

    Through his great work, he has opened a poetry group in Zimbabwe to help those with love for poetry.

    Rami Adham

    Non-fiction Essay

    Rami is a Finnish Syrian philanthropist and humanitarian living in Finland. Known worldwide as the "Toy Smuggler of Aleppo", he started his NGO 8 years ago to carry out humanitarian trips to the war zones of Syria. He has won 6 awards over the years for his social work.

    Kevin Cottam (jointly with Simon Vincent)

    Non-fiction Book

    Kevin, Canadian, Professional Keynote Speaker, Executive coach and Author of two books, The Nomadic Mindset: Never Settle for Too Long and Aha, Mother’s Pearls lives globally. He leverages his nomadic research and former life as choreographer and director to World and Olympic figure skating champions to inspire organisations to think expansively.

    Otto Weibel

    Non-fiction Book

    Chef extraordinaire, 73-year-old Otto is the Chef at Black Marble, Director of Kitchens (Westin Hotels, 1986-2010), member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs since 1978, Bocuse d'Or, President of the Singapore Chefs Association (1990- 2005), and Chief Judge at regional & international culinary competitions for the past 40 years. Personality and Lifetime Award Recipient, International Chef Conference (Switzerland, 2008).

    Prasenjit K Basu

    Non-fiction Book

    Chief-Asia-Economist, Daiwa Securities, Chief-Economist (SE Asia & India), Credit Suisse First Boston. Senior research roles : Maybank, Macquarie Securities, Khanazah Nasional, UBS, Wharton Econometrics. Commentary Writer : NYT, FT, India Today, The Edge. Expert appearances on BBC, CNN, CNBC, CNA, TimesNow. Author of “Asia Reborn” - Best First Book award (non-fiction, Mumbai Literary Festival, Nov 2018).

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