Mao Dun Literature Prize

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A statue of Mao Dun, at his former residence in Beijing.

Mao Dun Literature Prize (Chinese: 茅盾文学奖; pinyin: Máo Dùn Wénxué Jiǎng) is a prize for novels, established in the will of prominent Chinese writer Mao Dun (for which he personally donated 250,000 RMB) and sponsored by the Chinese Writers Association. Awarded every four years, it is one of most prestigious literature prizes in China. It was first awarded in 1982.

Selection rules[edit]

According to selection rule, any work, authored by Chinese nationals, published in mainland China, and with over 130,000 characters, is eligible.

The selection committee in the Chinese Writers Association holds the voting poll twice, and the winner must receive over 2/3 of the votes cast. The process is highly selective and each time, the number of winners is between 3 to 5. The prize is awarded every four years, though it was originally awarded every three years.


The award was recently criticized for the 2011 awards,[1] when it was revealed that eight of the top ten on the list were either the chair or vice-chairpersons of prominent provincial writers' associations.[1] An editorial in the China Daily stated "official status cannot and should not be a criterion for literary excellence. That's why people doubt the authenticity of prizes that are awarded to officials for their literary achievements."[1]

Past winners and their works[edit]

Note: English titles may be literal and not book translations.


  • Wei Wei, Orient
  • Zhou Keqin, Xu Mao and His Daughters
  • Yao Xueyin, Li Zicheng
  • Mo Yingfeng, General's Chant
  • Li Guowen, Spring in Winter
  • Gu Hua, A Small Town Called Hibiscus



Honorary Prize

  • Xiao Ke, Bloody Heaven
  • Xu Xingya, Broken Golden Bowl


  • Chen Zhongshi, White Deer Field
  • Wang Huo, War and People
  • Liu Sifen, White Gate Willow
  • Liu Yumin, Unsettled Autumn


Awarded in Mao Dun's hometown, Tongxiang, Zhejiang on November 11, 2000


  • Xiong Zhaozheng, Zhang Juzheng
  • Zhang Jie, Wordless
  • Xu Guixiang, Heaven of History
  • Liu Jianwei, Heroic Time
  • Zong Pu, Lead-in of Wild Gourd


  • Jia Pingwa, Qin Qiang
  • Chi Zijian, The Right Bank of Er'guna River
  • Mai Jia, Plot
  • Zhou Daxin, The Scenery of the Lake and the Mountain



Source: [2]

  • Su Tong, Yellowbird Story
  • Ge Fei, Jiangnan Trilogy (consisting of My Dream of the Mountain and River, Spring Ends in Jiangnan, and Face and Peach Blossom)
  • Wang Meng, Scenery on this Side
  • Jin Yucheng, Blossoms
  • Li Peifu, The Book of Life


  1. ^ a b c "Literary prizes or farcical awards", China Daily, 2011-8-16.
  2. ^ "Winners of 2015 Mao Dun Literature Prize announced". GBTimes. August 17, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 

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