Newman Prize for Chinese Literature

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Newman Prize for Chinese Literature
MoYan Hamburg 2008.jpg
Inaugural winner Mo Yan
Country United States of America
Presented by University of Oklahoma
Reward(s) $10,000
First awarded 2009

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
Yan Lianke Dream of Ding Village
Jin Yong The Deer and the Cauldron
Wang Anyi The Song of Everlasting Sorrow
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
Yu Hua Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
Li Ang The Lost Garden (迷園)
Ge Fei Peach Blossom Beauty (人面桃花)
Su Tong The Boat to Redemption (河岸)
Yang Mu
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
Yu Hua
Ge Fei
Chang Kui-hsing
Dai Jinhua Wang Anyi Reality and Fiction (纪实与虚构)

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.