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Taiwan Literature Awards

The shaping of a literature paradigm: Taiwan Literature Awards

Apart from an important procedure turning literary works into classics, the Taiwan Literature Awards shapes the paradigm of literature. Aiming to encourage literary work creation, promote the publication of Taiwanese literary works, simulate and revitalize literary activities in Taiwan, the Awards includes four Golden Work Awards for two categories: books and original works, so as to promote and honor Taiwan literature and thereby connect with the international literary world with the power of a national class museum of literature. Since the NMTL began organizing the Awards in 2005, it has since become an indicative literary award in Taiwan for the glory and honor it carries and the high amount of prizes it provides. Gradually, it has become an annual event expected by literary work writers in Taiwan.

Prizes of the Taiwan Literature Awards

The Taiwan Literature Awards include two categories: books and original works. In the former category, the Novel Award is organized every year, with one winner who will receive a cash prize of NT$1 million; and the Prose Award and Poetry Award are organized each in alternate years, with one winner for each genre who will receive a cash prize of NT$300,000. In the original works’ category, the Drama Award is organized every year, with one winner who will receive a cash prize of NT$300,000; and the Mother Tongue Literature Award for aboriginal languages, Taiwanese, and Hakkanese is organized in turns, with one winner who will receive a cash prize of NT$200,000.

Promotion of the Taiwan Literature Awards

  1. Organizing the Ceremony of the Taiwan Literature Awards
    To honor the glory of Taiwan literature, after announcing the list of winners each year, the NMTL also plan a prize presentation ceremony at the National Museum of Taiwan Literature to present the four awards, including trophy and prize, in two categories to winners. Winners, finalists, and publishers are all invited to the ceremony.
  2. Publishing the Anthology of Taiwan Literature Awards’ Winning Works
    The NMTL publishes the award-winning works and review records of the original category in an anthology to publicize these works and arouse the public interest for Taiwan literature.
  3. Organizing the Tour Speech of Winners
    To promote the award-winning works and the aim of Taiwan Literature Awards, the NMTL may arrange winners to deliver speeches at schools, local cultural centers, and libraries based on the award-winning agreement. Apart from honoring the glory of the Taiwan Literature Awards, this allows winners to share their joy with readers.
  4. Arranging Public Performance of Award-winning Dramas
    To provide opportunities for award-winning playwrights to perform their works, after the former Council for Cultural Affairs subsidized a drama group to perform the award-winning work Laundering in 2011, we recruit drama groups to perform the award-winning work every year to honor the glory of the Taiwan Literature Awards.

Characteristics and Effect of the Taiwan Literature Awards

The Taiwan Literature Awards organized by the NMTL is an indicative literary award of Taiwan emphasizing the artistry and creativity of literature. This is different from the literary awards organized by local governments featuring local custom and the National Award for Arts and the Wu San-Lian Awards that focusing on the achievement of winners and encouraging winners.

Over the past eight years, the Taiwan Literature Awards has attracted increasing numbers of local novelists and playwrights to vie for the award and has encouraged more, including old and new writers, to try and publish novels and dramas.

List of Winners of the Taiwan Literature Awards

2005

Short Story
Golden Work Award: “Oyster” by Yushy Wen
Recommendation Award: “Coast Line Railway” by Congwei Wang
Excellent Work: “The Red Tower” by Li Dong

Drama
Golden Work Award: Red Vanessa by Meiyu Liu
Recommendation Award: The Garden: Three Modern Tales from Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio by Chengping Hsu
Excellent Work: The Hotshot by Yingtai Chang

Prose
Recommendation Award: “(20,46)” by Xiaoqing Li
Recommendation Award: “As I Hear” by Boqing Chen
Excellent Work: “Track-Linked Villages” Yushy Wen
Excellent Work: “Military Dependents’ Village: Where To” by Liming Cheng

2006

Novel
Golden Work Award: Not awarded
Recommendation Award: Goodbye, Snowy Land by Yongsong Li
Recommendation Award: From Lianhua Alley to Siji Road by Tingting Wu

Poetry
Golden Work Award: “Man with Faith” by Xingjie Ling
Recommendation Award: “The Rite of Genesis” by Boling Chen
Excellent Work: “As Wished—For Hard-Working People in All Parts of Society” by Ye (Yuanfu) Lo

Prose
Golden Work Award: “Index Finger” by Wanyu Chen
Recommendation Award: “The Monkey” by Wening Tian
Excellent Work: “Breakfast” by Huijuan Hong
Finalist: “Sharp” by Jiaying Zhuang
Finalist: “Accent” by Xinen Huang

2007

Books:Golden Work Award for Novel (3 winners)
Mazu’s Body Guards by Yuhui Chen
Soul of Jade Mountain by Vava Husluma
The Rise of Basay by Huatang Zhuang

Books:Golden Work Award for Poetry
Chaos by Yang Xiang

Original Works:Golden Work Award for Drama
Golden Work Award:Let’s Write Obituary by Yenwei Cheng
Jury’s Award:The Countdown by Weiren Ji

2008

Books:
Golden Work Award for Novel: Diguan: Tribe Tabalaw in the Dasho Years by Badai
Golden Work Award for Poetry: Not Awarded

Original Works:
Golden Work Award for Drama: “Don’t Give Up On Love” by Akio Chen
Golden Work Award for Mother Tongue Literature—Taiwanese Novel: “The Song of the Golden Island” by Changsong Hu

2009

Books:
Golden Work Award for Novel: Hotel Tangut by Yijun Lo
Golden Work Award for Poetry: The Complete Poems of Qin Shan by Qin Shang

Original Works:
Golden Work Award for Drama: Trance by Minglun Wu
Golden Work Award for Mother Tongue Literature—Hakka Poetry: “History Notes” by Huijen Liu

2010

Books:
Golden Work Award for Novel: Northwest Rain by Weige Tong
Golden Work Award for Prose: The Orchid Fantasy by Fenling Chou

Original Works:
Golden Work Award for Drama: “Laundering” by Jiancheng Chen
Golden Work Award for Mother Tongue Literature—Chinese Non-Fiction Novel: “My Dear Sakizaya” by Suda Lixin (Xiulan Li)

2011

Books:
Golden Work Award for Novel: A Tale of Salvation by Wankang Chang
Golden Work Award for Poetry: Yesterday’s Meat: Kinmen, Mazu, Green Island, and Others by Ling Bai

Original Works:
Golden Work Award for Drama: Self Re-Quests by Jie Jan
Golden Work Award for Mother Tongue Literature—Taiwanese Prose: “Ai-pē-kiò-bó” by Jaohua Wang

2012

Books:
Golden Work Award for Novel: Afterwards by Xiangyin Lai
Golden Work Award for Prose: The Eight Forgotten Tales by Wenyi Lin

Original Works:
Golden Work Award for Drama: Not Awarded
Golden Work Award for Mother Tongue Literature—Hakka Prose: “The Dusty Passage” by Zheming Chang

 
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