|Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Creative Writing programme alumna Nuraliah Norasid emerged the winner for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016.|
The Epigram Books Fiction Prize, introduced in 2015 by Epigram Books, is the only prize in Singapore for original unpublished works in English. The Prize carries a cash prize of S$25,000, and is currently the richest literary prize in Singapore.
Nuraliah Norasid was honoured on 24 November 2016 at an awards ceremony and gala dinner held at the Pan Pacific Singapore.
Her winning novel, The Gatekeeper, is a fantasy novel about Ria who petrified an entire village when she was ten. She flees with her gorgon sister to an underground city where she becomes its guardian. Years later, the refuge is threatened when she befriends a man from the outside. The Gatekeeper manuscript will be published in 2017 by Epigram Books.
Nuraliah did her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at NTU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and graduated with a doctorate in Creative Writing from the same School. She is now a research associate at the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA). RIMA is the research arm of the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) in Singapore.
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