TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Winners and selected works of the 2018 Taiwan Literature Awards, which has a total purse of NT$2.4 million (about US$80,000), were unveiled on Nov. 21.
A total of 141 literary works participated in the competition, which is divided into six categories (Novel, Prose, Script, Taiwanese Novella, Hakka Novella, and Indigenous Peoples’ Han Chinese Novella).
Works by Feng Yi-kang (馮翊綱), Lyu Mei-Cin (呂美親), Hsieh Chin-hsiu, and You Yide (游以德) have won the awards for the Script, Taiwanese Novella, Hakka Novella, and Indigenous Peoples’ Han Chinese Novella awards, respectively.
Feng will win NT$300,000 in prize money, while Lyu, Hsieh, and You will each be awarded NT$200,000.
Novel and Prose are two competitive categories this year, with each having 25 and 49 entries, respectively. The winners of these two categories will be revealed at the awards ceremony on Dec. 8.
Six novels have been selected from the 25 entries to vie for the most lucrative NT$1 million novel award.
The prize money of the prose award, which is held biannually, has been raised to NT$500,000. Eight works of prose have been selected for the award.
The prize award ceremony of the 2018 Taiwan Literature Awards will take place at the auditorium of the National Museum of Taiwan Literature (NMTL) in Tainan at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.
NMTL director Su Shuo-bin (蘇碩斌) said he hopes to promote these award winning literary works to more readers.