Newman Prize for Chinese Literature
|Newman Prize for Chinese Literature|
Inaugural winner Mo Yan
|Country||United States of America|
|Presented by||University of Oklahoma|
The Newman Prize for Chinese Literature was established in 2008 by Peter Gries, director of the Institute for U.S.-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma. The first major American award for Chinese literature, the Newman Prize is awarded every two years. It is granted solely on the basis of literary merit, and any living author writing in Chinese is eligible for recommendation. The Prize honors Harold J. and Ruth Newman, whose generosity enabled the establishment of the OU Institute for US-China Issues.
Nominations and Ceremony
Nominations for candidates and the selection of the winner are both handled by an international jury of distinguished experts, based on a transparent voting process. The winner is awarded US $10,000 and a plaque, and is invited to the University of Oklahoma to participate in an award ceremony and academic activities.
- 2009 Mo Yan (莫言), 生死疲劳 (Shengsi Pilao), translated as Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out
- 2011 Han Shaogong (韩少功), 马桥词典 (Mǎqiáo Cídiǎn), translated as A Dictionary of Maqiao
- 2013 Yang Mu (楊牧)
- 2015 Chu Tien-wen (朱天文), 世紀末的華麗, translated as Fin-de-Siecle Splendor
Winners by country
The University of Oklahoma is regarded as one of the foremost centers for studying world literature. It is home to the journals World Literature Today and Chinese Literature Today, and also awards the biennial Neustadt International Prize for Literature.