Sebastian Sim

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Sebastian Sim (simplified Chinese: 沈岳川; pinyin: ‘‘Shěn Yuè Chuān’’) is a Singaporean author, including of wuxia novels. He won the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize for best original and unpublished novel in the English language written by a Singaporean citizen, Singapore permanent resident or Singapore-born writer for his novel, The Riot Act.

Sebastian Sim
Born2 October 1966
Pen nameYuè Guān Míng (岳观铭)
LanguageEnglish, Chinese


Sebastian grew up with parents who were part of the pioneer generation of independent Singapore. Prior to being a writer, he took up a variety of occupations, including being a bartender, a prison officer in a maximum security prison, and a croupier in a casino.[citation needed]

Literary Activities[edit]

Sebastian first wrote wuxia (martial arts) novels in Chinese: his first series was The Heavenly Chef, written in 2004, and his second series, Tears of the Bat, was written in 2006. The novels were written under the pseudonym "Yuè Guān Míng" (岳观铭).[1]

Let's Give It Up For Gimme Lao! was Sebastian's first English novel. It was a finalist for the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize, shortlisted for the Popular Readers' Choice Awards 2016 - English (Adult) Books Category, and shortlisted for the Singapore Book Awards 2017 (Best Fiction Title).[2] His second English novel, The Riot Act, won the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize.[3]


  • Sebastian Sim (2016). Let's Give It Up for Gimme Lao!. Epigram Books. ISBN 978-981-4757-33-1.
  • Sebastian Sim (2018). The Riot Act. Epigram Books. ISBN 978-981-4785-74-7.


  1. ^ "Epigram长篇小说奖得主 沈岳川"重返"英文创作获大奖". 27 November 2017.
  2. ^ hermes (10 April 2016). "First English novel at 50". The Straits Times. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  3. ^ "The Riot Act - Epigram". Epigram. Retrieved 1 December 2018.