How Epigram started was quite accidental. We were doing publishing services for over 20 years, where we’d help people and companies with their publishing needs. Along the way, we noticed more young people were starting to write stories about Singapore, but had difficulty finding publishers.
Back then you wouldn't have any problems finding a company that would publish a cookbook, short stories, or poetry. But when it came to long form fiction, it wasn’t that easy. It was probably because novels were thicker and would cost more to produce.
When we finally got into it in 2011, there were suddenly so many people who came to us and wanted their works published. In order to help more people and encourage them to write, we started the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, where the winner would receive $25,000, while three runners-up would get $5,000 each, in addition to their novels being published. I’ve already lost count of the number of authors in our roster, but we now publish 50 titles a year, while our backlist has around 350 titles.