TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The prize award ceremony of the 2018 Taiwan Literature Awards, which has a total purse of NT$2.4 million (about US$80,000), took place at the auditorium of the National Museum of Taiwan Literature (NMTL) in Tainan City on Dec. 8, with Lin Chun-ying (林俊頴) winning the Best Novel Award with his Formosa Heat and taking home NT$1 million in prize money.
A total of 141 literary works participated in the competition, which was divided into six categories--Novel, Prose, Script, Taiwanese Novella, Hakka Novella, and Indigenous Peoples’ Han Chinese Novella.
Novel and Prose are the two most competitive categories this year, with each having 25 and 49 entries, respectively.
Six novels had been selected from the 25 entries to vie for the most lucrative novel award.
The prize money of the Best Prose Award, which is held biannually, was raised to NT$500,000. Eight works of prose had been selected for the award.
In the end, the Best Prose Award went to Hsieh Wang-ling (謝旺霖) for his work Walking the River (走河).
The following winners were earlier unveiled on Nov. 21.
A Big Lie (謊然大誤) by Feng Yi-kang (馮翊綱), Inside the Puyuma Express (佇普悠瑪列車內面) Lyu Mei-chin (呂美親), Hsieh Chin-hsiu, and Yu A-hsiang (游阿香) by You Yide (游以德), and Kodama (Kodama庄最尾正徙走個人家) by Hsieh Chin-hsiu (謝錦綉) are the winners for the Best Script, Best Taiwanese Novella, Best Hakka Novella, Best Indigenous Peoples’ Han Chinese Novella, and Best Hakka Prose awards, respectively.
Feng received NT$300,000 in prize money, while Lyu, Hsieh, and You each was awarded NT$200,000.
(From left to right) Hsieh Chin-hsiu, Feng Yi-kang, and You Yide (photo courtesy of the National Museum of Taiwan Literature)