National Book Development Council of Singapore, The
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The National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) is a non-profit, charitable organisation founded in December 1968.
It is guided by its vision to develop and promote local books and the literary arts sector; its mission is to serve the community of professionals in the books and literary arts sector, and be a platform for them to network, learn and collaborate to achieve global recognition.
In 2018, NBDCS will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and mark five decades of working towards the growth and development of the literary arts scene in Singapore.
NBDCS focuses on three core areas: festivals, awards and training.
It is the organiser of two literary festivals: the Asian Festival of Children's Content and the All In! Young Writers Festival.
It presents several annual and biennial awards, including the Singapore Literature Prize; the Hedwig Anuar Childrens Book Award for published works; and the Scholastic Picture Book Award for unpublished works.
Its training arm, the Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing, also runs publishing-related and literary arts-focused courses and workshops throughout the year.