Inaugurated in 2017, the Penang Monthly Book Prize - the only one of its kind in Malaysia - is a welcome addition to the country’s literary landscape.
“It is time we celebrate the literary scene in Malaysia, and a book prize for Malaysian
literature, based in Penang, is something that cries out to be done. I’m hopeful
that in time the Penang Monthly Book Prize will come to symbolise the importance
of Penang as an intellectual hub, and help rejuvenate a strong sense of pride and
confidence in Penang’s cultural depth.” - Editor Dato' Dr Ooi Kee Beng.