Newman Prize for Chinese Literature

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Newman Prize for Chinese Literature
MoYan Hamburg 2008.jpg
Inaugural winner Mo Yan
CountryUnited States of America
Presented byUniversity of Oklahoma
First awarded2009

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[edit]

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.[1]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year Judging panel Author Work
  • Howard Goldblatt
  • Kirk Denton
  • Liu Hongtao
  • Xu Zidong
  • Peng Hsiao-yen
  • Zhang Yiwu
  • Zhao Yiheng
Mo Yan Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out (生死疲劳)
Yan Lianke Dream of Ding Village (丁庄梦)
Jin Yong The Deer and the Cauldron (鹿鼎记)
Wang Anyi The Song of Everlasting Sorrow (长恨歌)
Chu T’ien-hsin The Old Capital (古都)
Wang Meng The Transformer (活动变人形)
Ning Ken The City of Masks (蒙面之城)
Han Shaogong A Dictionary of Maqiao (马桥词典)
Yu Hua Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (许三观卖血记)
Li Ang The Lost Garden (迷園)
Ge Fei Peach Blossom Beauty (人面桃花)
Su Tong The Boat to Redemption (河岸)

(Poetry Year)

Yang Mu Diaspsis Patelliformi (介殼蟲)
Hsia Yu
Yang Lian
Zhai Yongming
Ouyang Jianghe
  • Margaret Hillenbrand
  • Carlos Rojas
  • Zhang Ning
  • Charles Laughlin
  • Shu-mei Shi
Chu T’ien-wen Fin-de-Siècle Splendor (世紀末的華麗)
Yan Lianke Lenin’s Kisses (受活)
Yu Hua The Seventh Day (第七天)
Ge Fei Peach Blossom Beauty (人面桃花)
Chang Kui-hsing The Herd of Elephants (群象)
  • Dai Jinhua
  • Wendy Larson
  • Ban Wang
  • Letty Chen
  • Jianmei Liu
Wang Anyi Reality and Fiction (纪实与虚构)
Yu Hua Leaving Home at Eighteen (十八岁出门远行)
Jia Pingwa Ruined City (废都)
Wu He Remains of Life (餘生)
Yan Lianke Lenin's Kisses (受活)

See also[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Newman Prize for Chinese Literature: Home".