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Under-40 writing contest to be held in HCM City

Update: December, 26/2015 - 11:29
Authors Nguyen Ngoc Tu will be part of the jury of the 2016 National Writing Competition for Young Writers. — Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — Young writers have been invited to enter a writing contest organised by three prestigious national organisations.

The 2016 National Writing Competition for Young Writers, organised by the HCM City Writers' Association, Tre (Youth) Publishing House, and Tuoi Tre (The Youth) newspaper, will offer prizes in the categories of fiction and short stories.

The contest's theme focuses on the lives of young people and their challenges and dreams in a globalised world.

Organisers hope the biennial competition, which has been held since 2000, will give writers under 40 a chance to develop their careers and bring writers and publishers together to offer new, quality books to readers.

Authors Nguyen Ngoc Tu and Nguyen Thanh Son will be part of the jury.

While Son is a movie critic from HCM City, Ca Mau-based Tu was honoured with the Southeast Asian Writers Award in 2008. The award is given annually by the Thai royal family to encourage and honour poets and writers in the region.

Many chosen entries will be published by Tre Publishing House.

Each participant must submit no fewer than 10 short stories or a novel of no more than 300 pages of A4 paper.

They should mail their works to the contest organisers at 161B Ly Chinh Thang Street, District 3, HCM City or

The prize winners will be announced in 2018.

Previous winners who have gone on to become popular among young readers include Nguyen Ngoc Thuan and Nguyen Huong. — VNS

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