Gunzo Prize for New Writers

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The Gunzo New Writers' Prize (群像新人文学賞, Gunzō Shinjin Bungakushō) is an annual literary prize awarded by Japanese literary magazine Gunzo, published by Kodansha. It was established in 1958 with two categories, one for novels and one for commentary. According to submission rules, novels submitted must be between 250 and 500 pages, while commentary must be no more than 100 pages (raised from 50 pages in 2003). The winning writer receives a prize of 500,000 yen, with the winning work being published in the June edition of Gunzo.

List of winners[edit]

Novels[edit]

Numbers 1 through 10[edit]

Number Year Author Japanese title Rōmaji English
1 1958 No winner selected
2 1959 No winner selected
3 1960 Tamako Koga 魔笛 Mateki The Magic Flute
4 1961 No winner selected
5 1962 Kei Nishihara 日蝕 Nisshoku Solar Eclipse
6 1963 Ryūichi Fumisawa 重い車 Omoi Kuruma
7 1964 Michiko Miyoshi どくだみ Dokudami Chameleon plant
8 1965 Tōru Kurobe 砂の関係 Sunano Kankei
9 1966 No winner selected
10 1967 近藤弘俊

Numbers 11 through 20[edit]

Number Year Author Japanese title Rōmaji English
11 1968 Minako Ōba 三匹の蟹 Sanpikino Kani Three Crabs
12 1969 Lee Hoesung またふたたびの道 Mata Futatabino Michi The Same Road Again
13 1970 Kōsuke Katsuki 出発の周辺 Shuppatsuno Shuuhen
14 1971 Miyoko Kobayashi 髪の花 Kamino Hana
広川禎孝 チョーク Chōku Chalk
15 1972 No winner selected
16 1973 No winner selected
17 1974 Akira Iida 迪子とその夫
Hitoshi Morimoto 或る回復 Aru Kaifuku Recovery
Michitsuna Takahashi 退屈しのぎ Taikutsushinosugi Killing Time
18 1975 Kyōko Hayashi 祭りの場 Matsurino ba
19 1976 Ryū Murakami 限りなく透明に近いブルー Kagirinaku Tōmeini Chikai Burū Near-transparent Blue
20 1977 No winner selected

Numbers 21 through 30[edit]

Number Year Author Japanese title Rōmaji English
21 1978 小幡亮介 永遠に一日 Eienni Ichinichi Forever One Day
Kei Nakazawa 海を感じる時 Umiwo Kanjiru Toki When You Feel The Sea
22 1979 Haruki Murakami 風の歌を聴け Kazeno Utawo Kike Hear the Wind Sing
23 1980 長谷川卓 昼と夜 Hiruto Yoru Day and Night
24 1981 Yoriko Shōno 極楽 Gokuraku Paradise
25 1982 No winner selected
26 1983 Naoyuki Ii 草のかんむり Kusano Kanmuri A Crown of Grass
27 1984 Fumiko Hanagi ダミアンズ、私の獲物 Damianzu, Watashino Emono
28 1985 李起昇 ゼロはん Zerohan
Haruhiko Yoshimeki ジパング Jipangu
29 1986 Chihiro Arai 復活祭のためのレクイエム Fukkatsusaino Tameno Rekuiemu Requiem for Easter
30 1987 Yōko Shimoi あなたについて わたしについて Anatani tsuite Watashini tsuite About You, About Me
Takayuki Suzuki ポートレイト・イン・ナンバー Pōtoreito In Nanbā

Numbers 31 through 40[edit]

Number Year Author Japanese title Rōmaji English
31 1988 石田邦男 アルチュール・エリソンの素描 Aruchūru Erisonno Sobyō
32 1989 No winner selected
33 1990 Wataru Takano コンビニエンスロゴス Konbiniensu Rogusu
34 1991 Yoko Tawada かかとを失くして Kakatowo Ushinakushite
35 1992 No winner selected
36 1993 No winner selected
37 1994 Kazushige Abe 生ける屍の夜 Ikeru Shikabaneno Yoru Night of the Living Dead
38 1995 No winner selected
39 1996 No winner selected
優秀賞 Sonoe Dōgaki 足下の土 Ashimotono Tsuchi The earth under your feet
40 1997 Yoshihisa Okazaki 秒速 10 センチの越冬 Byōsoku Jū Senchino Ettō Passing the winter at 10 centimetres per second

Numbers 41 through 50[edit]

Number Year Author Japanese title Rōmaji English
41 1998 No winner selected
優秀賞 Tetsuya Kamada 水のはじまり Mizuno Hajimari The Start of the Water
42 1999 No winner selected
43 2000 Hajime Yokota (世界記録) (Sekai Kiroku) (World Record)
優秀賞 Yūji Nakai フリースタイルのいろんな話 Furīstairuno Ironna Hanashi Various Freestyle Chats
44 2001 Tōru Hagiwara 蚤の心臓ファンクラブ Nomino Shinzō Fankurabu Flea Heart Fan Club
優秀賞 Rio Shimamoto シルエット Shiruetto Silhouette
45 2002 Tomoki Teramura 死せる魂の幻想、
Daisuke Hayakawa ジャイロ! Jairo! Gyro!
46 2003 Ken Mori 火薬と愛の星 Kayakuto Aino Hoshi Gunpowder and the Star of Love
優秀賞 Sayaka Murata 授乳 Junyū Suckling
Aya Wakisaka 鼠と肋骨 Nezumito rokkotsu Mice and ribs
47 2004 Mika Jūmonji 狐寝入夢虜
優秀賞 Norikazu Satō サージウスの死神 Sājiusuno Shinigami
48 2005 Naoya Higuchi さよなら アメリカ Sayonara Amerika Goodbye, America
優秀賞 Anne Mochizuki グルメな女と優しい男 Gurumena Onnato Yasashii Otoko The Gourmet Women and the Kind Man
49 2006 Furukuri Kinoshita 無限のしもべ Mugenno Shimobe
Asuka Asahina 憂鬱なハスビーン Yūutsuna Hasubīn Depressed Has-been
優秀賞 Nozomi Fukatsu 煙幕 Enmaku Smokescreen

評論部門[edit]