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The Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics (SAAL) Book Prize 2024

SAAL is proud to present the inaugural Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics (SAAL) Book Prize 2024, which will award two prizes of S$500, each to i) a Master’s student and ii) a PhD student for outstanding research papers in applied linguistics. (Please see detailed criteria below.)


As the sole organization representing applied linguists in Singapore, SAAL aims to promote and celebrate the study of linguistics in Singapore and encourage the next generation of potential applied linguists – who may be working on English, Tamil, Malay or Chinese – to pursue their interest in this field and engage in valuable research. Winners will be given the opportunity to share their work at a seminar organized by SAAL, which will be open to the public.


The SAAL Book Prize is supported by the Speak Good English Movement; the Promote Mandarin Council for the Speak Mandarin Campaign; the Malay Language Council, Singapore; and the Tamil Language Council.


Eligible Master’s and PhD students who wish to submit an entry should read the detailed criteria below. 


Entries should reach SAAL by Thursday 1 August 2024. Winners will be announced in January 2025.


There are two categories for the Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics Book Prize:

  1. Master’s student

  2. PhD student

The winners of each category will receive 500 Singapore dollars each.


SAAL welcomes submissions from the following:

  • Singaporean/Singapore Permanent Resident postgraduate students enrolled in any educational institution, conducting research in the field of applied linguistics

  • Postgraduate students of any nationality engaged in research on a topic in applied linguistics with relevance to Singapore


Submissions must be single-authored, unpublished research papers on a topic in applied linguistics. They must be written in English and must not exceed 5,000 words (excluding references, glosses, figures and tables). They must be the student’s original work.

Submission of Entries

  • Entries should be submitted in MS Word file format. (Papers with special characters, e.g. phonemic symbols, should additionally be accompanied by a PDF version.)

  • Entries should begin with the following information:

    • Student’s full name

    • Student’s institutional email address

    • Student’s institution of study

    • Programme enrolled in (e.g. MA in Applied Linguistics)

    • Title of paper

  • Entries should be the student’s original work, and will be checked for plagiarism and the use of generative AI tools.

  • Entries should be emailed to with the subject title “Submission of Entry for SAAL Book Prize 2024”. 

  • Entries should be sent from the student’s institutional email account. 

  • Entries should reach SAAL by Thursday 1 August 2024.

  • The judges' decisions are final.

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