12 February 2020

Papers are now invited for the 2020 SCLS Prize

The Society of Construction Law Singapore (SCLS) is delighted to announce the launch of the Biennial the SCLS Essay Competition 2020.

The following prizes will be offered for winning papers in 2020:

                            First Prize – SGD 2,000

                        Runner Up Prize – SGD 500

The winner shall be invited to receive their prize at an SCLS event.

Entries will only be accepted from students aged 28 and below enrolled in universities or other tertiary institutions in Singapore as of the final date for receiving submissions.

Entries are to be:

  1. Not more than 3,000 words in total (including all footnotes) in length. Please include the word count at the end of your paper.
  2. On any topic which is of interest to the construction industry in South East Asia related to construction law.
  3. Identifiable by essay title only: It is important that the author’s name or any other identifier does not appear anywhere on the paper itself!
  4. Accompanied by a covering letter or email:
    • showing the title of entry, author’s name, telephone number and email address;
    • confirming that the author accepts the terms set out in this invitation;
    • showing the name of their institution, faculty and course attended, current year of the course and student number; and
    • attaching the author’s student ID card as supporting documentation.

The Judging Panel will allocate marks as follows:

  • 50% - ‘Originality of thought or approach and contribution to the study or practice of construction law or its applications in the industry’
  • 40% - ‘Quality of analysis, explanation and discussion of chosen topic’
  • 10% - ‘Clarity of presentation, grammar, spelling, punctuation and any referencing’

Note: Entries must be original. This means that papers submitted for the SCLS Prize cannot have been:

  • published in any form prior to the submission deadline referred to below; or
  • submitted for judging prior to that date for any essay prize (whether or not the judging has been undertaken for such prize and whether the paper has received any award in relation to that prize), nor can papers be substantially similar to any paper which has been published or submitted in this way.

SCLS reserves the right to publish the winning entries in hard copy, in its newsletter and/or on its website, with copyright being held jointly by the author and the SCLS.

SCLS retains absolute discretion as to whether to award any prize and whether to award it to more than one entry (in which case the advertised prize would be shared equally).

Entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word compatible format and received by 4.00pm Singapore time on MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2020, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Late entries will not be forwarded to the judges.

These rules are to be posted on www.scl.org.sg and may be altered at any time by SCLS.

Please direct any queries to the SCLS Prize Committee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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