O Thiam Chin

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  • an excerpt from Now That It’s Over


O Thiam Chin is a Singaporean writer and a former honorary fellow of the 2010 Iowa International  Writing Program. Starting out in engineering and then PR and marketing, he decided to take up writing full time after he was inspired to do so while pursuing a graduate course in English and Literature.

Thiam Chin is the author of five short story collections, Free-Falling Man (2006), Never Been Better (2009), Under the Sun (2010), The Rest Of Your Life and Everything That Comes With It (2011) and Love, Or Something Like Love (2013), which was later shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize for English Fiction. 

In 2016, his debut novel, Now That It’s Over was published, after winning the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2015. It was shortlisted for the Populars’ Choice Awards in the English (Adult) Books Category in the same year it was published and later became the winner for Best Fiction Title in the 2017 Singapore Book Awards. His second novel, Fox Fire Girl, was published in 2017 and was a finalist for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. 

Thiam Chin’s short stories have appeared in several literary journals, including World Literature Today, The International Literary Quarterly, Asia Literary Review, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Kyoto Journal, as well as in volumes 1 and 2 of the anthology series, The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories. They have also been featured in news outlets and publications such as  The New Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Esquire (Singapore) and Asiatic.

In addition to his literary accolades, he was awarded the NAC Young Artist Award in 2012 and to date, has been longlisted thrice for the Frank O’ Connor International Short Story Award. He has been a featured writer in the Singapore Writers Festival, and has also made appearances in writers festivals abroad, namely in Australia and Indonesia. Outside of writing, Thiam Chin is known to be an avid runner and makes it a point to participate in a full marathon every year. 

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