Jeremy Tiang

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Jeremy Tiang
Born (1977-01-17) 17 January 1977 (age 43)[1]

Jeremy Tiang (born 17 January 1977) is a Singaporean writer, translator and playwright based in New York City. Tiang won the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize for English fiction for his debut novel, State of Emergency (2017), which traces leftist movements throughout Singapore's history.[2]


In 2009, Tiang won the National Arts Council's Golden Point Award for English fiction for his story Trondheim.[3][1]

In 2016, his short story collection It Never Rains on National Day, which comprises 11 loosely connected stories about Singaporeans overseas and migrants in Singapore, was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize.

In 2010, Tiang's idea for his first novel, titled State of Emergency, which depicts a family caught up in the leftist movements in Singapore's biggest political controversies throughout history, qualified for a grant by the National Arts Council. Under the Creation Grant Scheme, he would receive a total of $12,000. It took him seven years to write the novel but when he submitted the first draft to the council in 2016, the remainder of the grant was withdrawn – he had received $8,600 by then.[4] At that time, Tiang was shocked as he was writing full-time and any additional money would be useful but decided to keep writing. His manuscript was subsequently shortlisted for the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize where he received a cash prize of $5,000.

In 2018, he won the Singapore Literature Prize for English fiction for his debut novel State of Emergency (2017).[2] The Singapore Book Council which established and managed the Singapore Literature Prize said that Tiang's win was a "unanimous decision" by the judges.


Short story[edit]

  • Trondheim

Short story collections[edit]

  • It Never Rains on National Day (2015)


  • State of Emergency (2017)[5]

Translation work[edit]

  • The Promise Bird – novel by Zhang Yueran[6]
  • Ten Loves – short story collection by Zhang Yueran[7]
  • Durians Are Not the Only Fruit – essays by Wong Yoon Wah[8]
  • Island of Silence – novel by Su Wei-Chen[9]
  • Unrest 《騷動》– 2002 Chinese novel by Singaporean Yeng Pway Ngon[3]
  • The Borrowed – Hong Kong detective mystery novel by Chan Ho-Kei
  • Never Grow Up – memoir by Jackie Chan (Simon & Schuster, 2018)[10]
  • Coloratura – novel by Li Er (OU Press, 2019)[11]


  1. ^ a b "Jeremy Tiang". Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Li, Toh Wen (6 August 2018). "Jeremy Tiang wins Singapore Literature Prize in English fiction category for novel on leftist movements". The Straits Times. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b Ho, Olivia (27 June 2017). "Jeremy Tiang completed debut novel without full grant from NAC". The Straits Times. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ Daud, Sulaiman (2 August 2017). "NAC withdraws book grant from author Jeremy Tiang after content changes". Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWWTV): Singapore, Myth, Memory with Jeremy Tiang and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow". 7 November 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2018 – via YouTube.
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