KTM Iqbal has authored seven collections of poetry and written over 200 children's songs for the Singapore radio programme Let Us Sing in the 1970s and 1980s. He has contributed poems, essays and short stories to the region's leading newspapers and magazines. His poem Water was selected by the National Arts Council for display in MRT trains in 1995 and for exhibition at Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany. English translations of his poems by R. Balachandran can be found in The Evening Number and Other Poems (2008). He was an associate editor of the anthologies, Rhythms (2000) and Fifty on 50 (2009). His awards include the NUS Centre for the Arts Mont Blanc Literary Award in 1996, Southeast Asia Write Award in 2001 and the Cultural Medallion Award (Literary Arts) in 2014.