Our Story

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Epigram is a Singaporean independent publisher offering a full suite of publishing solutions. 

Founded in 1991 as a communications design firm, Epigram found our place in publication design when our founder Edmund Wee was conferred Singapore's most prestigious design honour—Designer of the Year in the 2008 President's Design Award. Over the years, we have had the honour to worked with countless outstanding local talents. Having put out more than 150 commissioned projects, we started our trade imprint, Epigram Books, in 2011, with a vision of providing a platform for local creatives and championing Singaporean literature. Epigram Books currently publishes all manner of fiction — novels, short stories, plays, graphic novels, chapter books, picture books — and non-fiction books too.

If I had to give a one-word answer to why I publish, it would be ‘pleasure’.
— Edmund Wee, Publisher

To date, we are best known for publishing award-winning literature titles such as Eisner Award-winning graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chyethe middle-grade series The Diary of Amos Leewhich has sold more than 240,000 copies worldwide; and Ministry of Moral Panic, the debut short story collection by Amanda Lee Koe which won the Singapore Literature Prize for English Fiction.  We also initiated the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in the hopes of uncovering the next great Singaporean novel.

Check out Epigram's latest catalogue here: July – December 2018 (PDF) 

In 2016, we started LocalBooks.sg, a one-stop online bookstore specialising in Singaporean titles that range from classics to the latest offerings, fiction to recipe books, graphic novels to plays and poetry. With more than 3,000 titles to date, we aspire to bring Singaporean titles to a wider audience, giving everyone a chance to grow with stories from home.