About Penang Book Prize

Inaugurated in 2017, the Penang 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 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.” - Managing Editor Dato' Dr Ooi Kee Beng.

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