The League of Independent Vietnamese Writers (LIVW) announced its very first Vietnamese Literary Awards on March 3, 2016 – International Writers’ Day. Members, supporters and sponsors of the LIVW gathered at poet Y Nhi’s house in the suburb of Ho Chi Minh city to announce and deliver the awards, as the owner of the anticipated venue in the city had withdrawn permission under the pressure of the cultural police. The authorities also succeeded in preventing several prominent writers and intellectuals such as poet Do Trung Quan, poet Bui Chat, writer Le Phu Khai, and Professor Nguyen Dang Hung from attending the event.
Six awards were announced during the meeting. Among them, deceased writer Bui Ngoc Tan won the special award for best prose. The young poet Nguyen Hoang Anh Thu received the official award for best poetry, and the young writer Di-Hanh Nguyen won the official best prose award. Read More