18th October 2019

Singapore student writers celebrated in Civica’s 9th National Writing Competition

Singapore, October 18 2019: Civica, an international leader in software for public services and provider of library services for Singapore’s Ministry of Education, celebrated 40 of Singapore’s best student writers today during the Tales of ‘S’ – Voyage of Discovery award ceremony. Winning students, their teachers and parents, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Education and Civica attended the event at the Singapore Sports Hub library.

Award-winning author and guest speaker Low Ying Ping, known for her popular Mount Emily books, says that competitions such as this are very important in giving young writers the encouragement to keep their dream alive. She added that thanks should also be given to their parents and teachers for understanding the value of what these students do, and for allowing them the time and space to explore their interest in creative writing.

Maximus Ho Jing Shan and Lim You Heng, seventh and eighth graders from Victoria School, and Kwa En Hui Anna from Eunoia Junior College were three of the 40 published authors.  You Heng says he was very honoured and proud to be a winner and he never expected to win. “Enjoying the process of writing [The Lost, Hidden World] was more important that the writing,” he says, “and the help from my friends and family was also important.”

Maximus was also very happy that his story was chosen.  “The writing of my story “Brendan, are you still there?” and my research about the human subconscious helped me to understand myself as a person”, he says.  

Kwa En Hui Anna, a Junior College student whose story “325893” explores the dark side of automation, says her writing has improved as a result of the competition.  She says, “As a writer, it's always very tempting to compare your work with other people's, but for the duration of this competition, I made it a conscious effort to avoid doing that. My key takeaway is that every writer has their own style and comparing will get you nowhere.”

Jenny Yow, Managing Director, Civica Singapore, also attended the event and presented the winners with a certificate and hard copy of their published work. She says, “Our annual Tales of S initiative has been helping students express their original and creative ideas for the past nine years. We’re proud to be actively contributing to the Ministry of Education’s vision of ‘Thinking Schools Learning Nation’ by providing an outlet for participation, creativity and innovation”.

Now in its 9th year, Civica’s Tales of ‘S invites students to participate in the national annual creative writing competition by submitting an original short story to match a theme. This year’s theme, “Voyage of Discovery” encouraged students to write a fictional or a personal story of discovery, which might include a journey of self-realisation, discovering untapped potential or the discovery of new lands. It inspired 475 entries from 52 different schools, where 40 winning entries were published as a downloadable e-book that is available for students in all MOE school libraries.

 Download the PDF here (12MB)


Civica operates school media resources libraries on behalf of the Singapore Ministry of Education with services including the cloud-based Spydus library management system, library staffing and innovative literacy programmes. During this time Civica has successfully delivered library and literacy services to more than 340 primary and secondary schools and junior colleges, and Tales of ‘S’ has been a key part of the programmes.  Civica is also the only authorised Singapore WDA (Workforce Development Agency) training organisation to provide industry certified Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) courses in library services for its own employees. Civica’s services are built on the foundation of our market-leading Spydus cloud software, which is at the forefront of library innovation, helping libraries embrace their role as modern-day digital public spaces.

Civica Pte has recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in Singapore.