#IfILiveInDarkness Short Story Writing Competition 2017
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09 Dec 2016

In conjunction with International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2016, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) launched the Short Story Writing Competition #IfILiveInDarkness, which was opened to all students from Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Polytechnics, Institutes of Technical Education in Singapore. Participants were to write in not more than 800 words, how life would be for them, their families and friends if they live in a city tainted with corruption, greed and decadence. Competition was recently closed on 30 April 2017. 


By the closing date, the CPIB had received 275 entries, of which 154 were shortlisted. These shortlisted entries were then evaluated by a panel of 3 judges based on the relevance to theme and command of english. Here are the results of the competition:

Secondary School Category*

Prize Name School Title of Entry
First Amanda Lim Ying Qi Singapore Chinese Girls' School You - Corruption, Greed And Decadence (pdf - 68 KB)
Second  Tan Junjie Naval Base Secondary School The Decadence Of My Country (pdf - 66 KB)
Second Yeo Hui Min Mandy CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School Broken In Silence (pdf - 64 KB)
Second Valerie Chua Xin En Nanyang Girls’ High School Beacon (pdf - 76 KB)
Merit Clarissa Wong Wern Ting Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) A Gift In Darkness (pdf - 68 KB)
Merit Ong Zhe Min Cedar Girls' Secondary School Smoke On Your Skin (pdf - 64 KB)
Merit Elizabeth Leong Swee Yin CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School The Peril Of Humanity (pdf - 77 KB)
Merit Saashtika Mohan Cedar Girls' Secondary School A Vicious Cycle (pdf - 84 KB)
Merit Tan En Elizabeth Bukit Batok Secondary School Metamorphosis (pdf - 107 KB)

Junior College / Polytechnic / Institute of Technical Education Category*

Prize Name School Title of Entry
First Edison Siow Xiong Raffles Institution  The Insignia (pdf - 65 KB)
First  Cassandra Jane Ang Ann-Ki Raffles Institution Disillusioned (pdf - 79 KB)
Third Corwin Pek Nanyang Polytechnic Haven For The Rich And Powerful (pdf - 67 KB)
Merit Lium Jee Yann Kimberly Ngee Ann Polytechnic The Brevity Of Sustenance (pdf - 83 KB)
Merit Calvin Chen You Jia Hwa Chong Institution Crisis at the Hospital (pdf - 64 KB)
Merit Lim Ming Brina Nanyang Polytechnic City Of Darkness (pdf - 66 KB)
Merit Lee Jia Xuan Vanessa Tampines Junior College The City For Humans Is Full Of Animals (pdf - 78 KB)
Merit Ang Kai Randall Millenia Institute Nyctha (pdf - 62 KB)

*Decision by judges is final. No correspondence pertaining to the selection process and decision will be entertained.

Congratulations to all the winners!  All winners will be notified via email. 

The winners for the respective category will get the following prizes:

Secondary School Category: 

Types Amount
First Prize S$600
Second Prize S$400
Third Prize S$200
5 Merit Prizes Bookstore Vouchers worth S$100 each

Junior College / Polytechnic / Institute of Technical Education Category: 

Types Amount
First Prize S$700
Second Prize S$500
Third Prize S$300
5 Merit Prizes Bookstore Vouchers worth S$200 each



Last updated: 12 Oct 2017