Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards

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Khin Hnin Yu, winner for 1960

The Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards (Burmese: စာပေဗိမာန် စာပဒေသာ ဆုများ) are annual literary awards given in Burma by the Sarpay Beikman (Palace of Literature), a department of the Ministry of Information. They are awarded for unpublished manuscripts in various fiction and non-fiction categories. Sarpay Beikman publishes the winning entries, as well as giving a financial prize. The awards complement the Burma National Literature Award and the privately sponsored Sayawun Tin Shwe Award, Pakokku U Ohn Pe literary award, Thuta Swesone literary award and Tun Foundation award.[1]

Background[edit]

The Burmese Translation Society began to present the Sarpay Beikman Awards (K. 1000) in 1949. They were renamed the Literary Fine Art Awards in 1962 and the National Literary Awards in 1965.[2] The awards were presented to authors who submitted manuscripts in categories such novel, translation, general literature, general knowledge, short story, poems, and dramas. The prizes were awarded annually, and the manuscripts published. Entries had to comply with five general principles: the works must support or at least agree with the ruling party aims, foster Burmese culture, promote patriotism, help build character and advance ideas and contribute useful knowledge. A first, second and third prize was awarded in each category where there were suitable entries, which was not always the case.[3]

From 1970 a new system was started. Unpublished works were submitted in competition for the Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards. However, the National Literary Awards, one per category, were selected from books that had been published in the previous year. Although 12 awards could be given, the selection committee usually chose fewer, since it is often not possible to find a publication that meets the guidelines, particularly in the "novel" category.[3] In recent years the genres covered by Sarpay Beikman Manuscript and National Literary Awards have been gradually extended and the amount of awards increased.[2] Relatively few translators are honored. In 2008 no translation prize was given at all. This may in part be due to financial constraints, in part to censorship and interference in what is translated by the military regime.[4]

Awards by year[edit]

1955 awards[edit]

1957 awards[edit]

  • Ludu U Hla Htaung hnint lutha (ထောင်နှင့်လူသား) - Prison and Man

1959 awards[edit]

  • Tin Moe, Poetry: Hpan Mee Ain (The Lantern)

1961 awards[edit]

  • Khin Hnin Yu, Kyemon Yeik Thwin Wuttu-to Myar ( ကြေးမုံရိပ်သွင် ဝတ္ထုတိုများ) Mirror Image-Like Short Stories

1963 awards[edit]

1964 awards[edit]

  • Ludu Daw Amar, Literature on Burmese Culture and Arts: Pyithu chit thaw anupyinnya themya - Artistes that People Loved 1964

1990 awards[edit]

The winner of the 1990 awards were announced on November 22, 1991: In some cases no prize was awarded (e.g. no first prize, but a second or third prize), The winners were:[5]

Category Winners
Novels 2nd prize: In-twe Pwe-lyet Ashar-hwet by Pho Kyawt Kho
3rd: Than-yaw-zin-hsu by Ma Aye Nyein
Short Stories 2nd: Kyaung-gin Tha-moddayar hnint Maha Myintmo by Maung Yint Mar (Kyaunggon)
3rd: Tingyi Ta-wan Byaing Ta-wan by Nyo Nyo Yin (Daik-U)
Belles Letters [sic] 2nd: Madu Thadda Shwedaung Kyawswa Bweya Yokthay Minthameegyi U Phu Nyo ei Bawa Zatkyaung by Shezaung Tin Swe
Translation 1st: The three short stories of W. Somerset Maugham, trans. by U Ba Than (AB).
Children's literature 1st: Waihinsan Meikswemyar by Aung Naing (Tekkatho).
2nd: Ayemyathaw Ayeik by Aung Thuyein (Pale).
3rd: Mwe-may thee-char Yadana hnint Achar Wutthu-domyar by Maung Tha Hmwe
Youth literature 1st: Lu-nge Lan-hnyun by Dr. Kyaw Sein
2nd: Ywetthit Thabye hnint Achar Lu-nge Wutthudomyar by Min Chan Mon
3rd: Yemon Yadana by Maung Hsanda (Lewe).
Myanmar culture and fine arts 1st: Alinga Kyaw-swa U San Kho ei Zar-timan Lingarmyar hnint Mintharthon Zathtoksarmyar by Soe Wai
2nd: Myanma Sinyok-cho Anupyinnyar by Maung Yee Soe (Kyaukse)
3rd: Myanma Oh by Htan Hlaing
General knowledge (arts) 2nd: Myanma Ein-thu Myanma-mu by U Aye Cho (MA).
General knowledge (science and applied science) 2nd: Myanma Yadana Kyun-shwewar by San Win (Mann).
3rd: Nay-ein-ta-lon-daw Hpyit-aung Hsauk-mai by Chan Aye Maung
Plays no awards made.
Political literature no awards made.

2000 awards[edit]

Winners of the 2000 awards were announced on 25 November 2001. They were:[6]

Genre Winners
Novels 2nd: Myo Win Chit for Sabe-cherry-thet-the-ti-ywae
Collected short stories 1st: Nay Myo Thant for Tharafi-kyaing-hlaing-thin-pa-de-win-mya-ye-mye
2nd: Maung Sanda (Lewe) for Ame-yin-ngwe-hnin-achar wut-htu-to-myar
3rd: Twin Gyi Win Maung for Nga-taw-nga-lone
Collected poems 1st: Salin Phone Kyaw for Mitta-yeik-nan-pan-yaung-zone-kabya-myar
2nd: Yenatha Maung Kyaw Nyunt for Yin-de-ka-thitsa-hnin-achar-kabya-myar
General knowledge (arts) 1st: Dr Maung Maung Soe for Ze-gwet-see-pwa-yay-hnin-naing-gan-win-ngwe
2nd: Tkkatho Ko Maung for Dagon Saya Tin-e-bawa-hnin-anu-pinnya
General knowledge
(science and applied science),
1st: Dr Tin Thein (Pathein University) for Lutha-asa-Myanma-ka
2nd: Tun Aung Kyaw for Myanmar-naing-gan-mye-athone-cha-hmu-hnin-hnase-tarazu
3rd: Tint Lwin Swe for Nga-lyin-hnin-ngalyin-bay-andaye-chaw-cha-ye
sar-padetha 1st: Maung Moe Yan for chin-dwin-myit-e-tha-maing-ta-chet-pe-tin-than
2nd" Thet Lwin for Bagan-anauk-kha-ye-takhauk
3rd>Maung Chit (MA) for See-thwin-nyo-yit-meza-myit
Myanmar Culture and Art 1st: Htan Hlaing for She-haung-Myanma-oo-myo-daw
2nd: Ko Ko (research) for Yadanapon-Mandalay-namyo-pya-thet-hnin-asin-ala
Children's literature 1st: Maung Tha Hmwe for Pyu-pyu-hmwe-hmwe-pan-kalay-hnin-achar Short Stories
2nd>Hsu Latt Tun for Nyit Moe-hnin-achar-sarsu-mya
3rd: Dr Ko Ko Kyaing for Kalay-mya-atwet-swe-sone-kyan
Youth literature 1st: Maung Khaing Khant for Pan-do-e-dai-ya-yi.
Translation, 1st: Dr Nyunt Shwe Dai-no-saw-athi-nyan
Plays No winner
Politics No winner

2003 awards[edit]

The 2003 award presentation ceremony was held at the National Theatre on Myoma Kyaung Street in Yangon on 12 December 2004. Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Thein Sein opened his address by saying "at a time when the State is doing all it can to build up a peaceful, modern and developed nation, it is also striving not only for physical infrastructural development of the country but also for enhancement of national literature for mental development of the people". Secretary-1 presented the Life-long National Literary Award to writer U Htay Maung. Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards given for works submitted in 2003 were:[7]

Category Presenter Author
Novel Commander Maj-Gen Myint Swe Aung Lin Lat (Okkala)
Selected short story Commander Maj-Gen Myint Swe Myaylat Min Lwin
Selected poem Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan Kyaw Zaw Lin
General knowledge (arts) Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan Reporter Thaung Nyunt (Pyapon)
General knowledge (science and applied science) Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Maj-Gen Sein Htwa Maung Maung Myint Thein
Belles-letters Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Maj-Gen Sein Htwa Myoma Myint Kywe
Myanma culture and arts literature Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Maung Oo Shin Htwe Mei (Manoktha)
Child literature Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Maung Oo Theikpan Soe Myint Naing
Youth literature Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Maung Oo Aung Than Oo (2nd prize)

2005 awards[edit]

Awards for 2005 were presented at a ceremony at Nay Pyi Taw city hall on 30 January 2007. Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Thein Sein addressed the attendees. The Secretary-1 gave the Lifetime Achievement National Literary Award for 2005 to Daw Yin Yin (Saw Monnyin) and presented nine other National Literary prizes in different categories. Winners of the Sarpay Beikman Manuscript awards were:[8]

Category Presenter Author
Novel Commander Brig-Gen Wai Lwin Thein Zaw (Shweli Oo) (third prize)
Collected short stories Commander Brig-Gen Wai Lwin Myaylat Min Lwin
Collected poems Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan Maung Pyae Hlaing (Thandwe)
General knowledge (arts) Minister Maj-Gen Saw Lwin Tin Tun Oo (Culture)
General knowledge (Science and Applied Science) Minister Maj-Gen Tin Htut Naing Shwe Moe
Belles-letters Chief Justice U Aung Toe Tin Myint
Culture and fine arts literature Attorney-General U Aye Maung Aung Nyein Chan
Child literature Minister Brig-Gen Ohn Myint Nay Soe Thaw
Play Minister Brig-Gen Ohn Myint Zin Min (Thameinhtaw)
Translation Minister Brig-Gen Ohn Myint Nyunt Shwe

No manuscript won an award the political literary genre.[9]

2007 awards[edit]

The 2007 awards were given out at a ceremony on 28 December 2008 at the Ministry of Information in Nay Pyi Taw. Later the Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan hosted a dinner in honor of the life-time achievement literary award and Sarpay Beikman manuscript award winners for 2007 at the Shwenantaw Hotel of Nay Pyi Taw. Minister for Labour U Aung Kyi attended the dinner. First prize winners were:[10]

Category Presenter Author
Novel Minister for Industry-2 Vice-Admiral Soe Thein Thu Theim
Collective short stories Minister for Industry-2 Vice-Admiral Soe Thein Thwe Htar Nyo (Thakkala)
Collective poems Minister for Culture Maj-Gen Khin Aung Myint Aye Kyi Sein
General knowledge (arts) Minister for Culture Maj-Gen Khin Aung Myint Htin Lin Kyaw
General knowledge (science and applied science) Minister for Labour U Aung Kyi Aung Soe (Agriculture-107)
Belles letter Minister for Labour U Aung Kyi Aung Soe
Myanmar culture and fine arts Chief Justice U Aung Toe Ma Aye Chan (Myanmarsar)
Child literature Chief Justice U Aung Toe Lu Mon (Pakokku)
Youth literature Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Brig-Gen Kyaw Myint Maung Kyi Thant
Translation Brig-Gen Kyaw Myint U Aung Soe Oo
Drama literature Brig-Gen Kyaw Myint Zin Min (Thameinhtaw) (2nd prize)

2008 awards[edit]

The 2008 awards were presented at a ceremony at the Ministry of Information on 31 December 2009. Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council General Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo addressed the attendees. He presented the Life-Time Achievement National Literary Award to doyen literati Sayagyi Dr Kyaw Sein. First prize winners of Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards were:[11]

Category Presenter Author Work
Novel Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Maj-Gen Htay Oo Nay Myo Thant
Collected short stories Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win Myelat Min Lwin
Collected poems Minister for Mines Brig-Gen Ohn Myint Maung Han Tint (Pinlebu)
General knowledge (arts) Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Maung Oo Than Tun (Mawlamyine)
General knowledge (science and applied science) Minister for Sports Brig-Gen Thura Aye Myint Lu Lay (Delta)
Belle-letters Minister for Health Dr Kyaw Myint Thaung Nyunt Thit
Myanmar culture and fine arts literature Minister for Education Dr Chan Nyein Ma Aye Chan (Myanmarsar)
Child literature Minister for Culture Maj-Gen Khin Aung Myint Min Naing Lay (Lanmadaw)
Youth literature Chief Justice U Aung Toe Khin La Pyae Wun
Drama literature Attorney-General U Aye Maung Zin Min (Thameinhtaw)

2009 awards[edit]

The 2009 Life-time Achievement for National Literary Award, National Literary Award and Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Award presentation ceremony was held in the hall of the Ministry of Information on 31 December 2010. The attendees heard an address by Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council Thiha Thura U Tin Aung Myint Oo. Winners of Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards for 2009 included:[12][13]

Category Presenter Winners
Novel Minister for Information U Kyaw Hsan Thu Thein
Ko Yaw (Economics)
Thein Zaw (ShweliOo).
Selected Short Stories Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win Maung Cheint
Myay Latt Min Lwin
Khin La Pyae Win
Selected poems Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win Zaw Myo Han (Ngathainggyoung)
Maung Han Tint (Pinlebu)
Hlaing Htay Aung (Shwetada).
General knowledge (arts) Minister for Mines U Ohn Myint Maung Yin Hlaing (Pyinmamyaing)
Dr Cho Cho Tint (Myanmarsar)
Shwe Hintha (University of Mandalay)
General knowledge
(science and applied science)
Minister for Mines U Ohn Myin Thaung Nyunt Thit
Aung Soe (Agriculture/107)
Pho Swe (Timber Enterprise).
Belle-letter Minister for Sports Thura U Aye Myint (2nd) Nay Myo Nwe
Myanma Culture and Fine Arts Minister for Sports Thura U Aye Myint Myat Wai Toe (University of Education)
U Thaung Tun
Htoo Htoo Win.
Child literature Minister for Religious Affairs Thura U Myint Maung Kanbalu Khin Maung Swe
Khin Maung Myint (Shwe Hse Myay)
Ma Swe Than
Youth literature Minister for Labour U Aung Kyi Nay Myo Thant
Thwe Htar Nyo (Thetkala)
Wutyee Khin (Bago).
Drama Chairman of Civil Service Selection and Training Board
U Kyaw Thu
Nyein Min
Maung Sanda (Lewe)
Tin Htun Oo (Culture).
Political literature Deputy Minister for Social Welfare and Relief and Resettlement
U Kyaw Myint
(2nd) Myint Soe (Na-Ta- La)
Translation Deputy Minister for Social Welfare and Relief and Resettlement
U Kyaw Myint
Dr Nyunt Shwe (Taunggyi)

2010 awards[edit]

2011 awards[edit]

2012 awards[edit]

The 2012 Life-time Achievement for National Literary Award, National Literary Award and Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Award presentation ceremony was held at the National Theatre, Yangon on 3 December 2013. Winners of Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards for 2012 were[14]

Category Winners
Novel Soe Myint Maung (Tharawaw)
Thwet Htar Nyo
Thu Thein
Selected Short Stories Maung Nay Chi (Pyay)
Thaung Myint Oo (Kunchankone)
Lieutenant Lwin Bo Bo Aung
Selected poems Khin Phone Kyi (Mongpun)
Kaung Nyunt Wai (Yezagyo)
Myat Phone (Tatkon)
General knowledge (arts) U Tun Lwin (Meiktila)
Maung Nwe Than
General knowledge
Aung Soe (Agriculture-107)
Thaung Nyunt Thit
Belle-letter Dr Maung Maung
Min Shin Aung (Twantay)
Maung Yin Hlaing (Pyinma Myaing)
Myanma Culture and Fine Arts Myat Wai Toe (Institute of Education)
Hlaing Win Swe
U Ye Dwe (Amyint Thabin).
Child literature Zaw Myo Han (Ngathaingchaung)
Shwe Yin Hnit
Kantbalu KhinMaung Swe
Youth literature Kyunsinmyay Saw Khet
Drama Zin Min (Thamein Htaw)
Maung Soe Htaik (Thonze)
Translation Tin Aung Chit

2013 awards[edit]

The 2013 Life-time Achievement for National Literary Award, National Literary Award and Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Award presentation ceremony was held at the National Theatre, Yangon on 22 November 2014. Winners of Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards for 2013 were[15]

Category Winners
Novel Khin Lei Lei Chit (Myan/Gon)

Soe Myint Maung (Tharawaw)

Lieutenant Lwin Bo Bo Aung

Selected Short Stories Thuti Awba (Hsinbaungwe)

Kan Myint Maw
Saw Khet

Selected poems Zaw Myo Han

Maung Kyi Nwe

Min Thway Nge (Zigon)

General knowledge (arts) Yin Yin Maung (Archaeology)

Ko Yaw (Economics)
Khin Hnin Yi (YU)

General knowledge

(science and applied science)

Dr Maung Phyay

science writer Ko Ko Aung

Belle-letter Min Shin Aung (Twantay)

Maung Yin Hlaing (Pyinmamyaing)

Myanma Culture and Fine Arts Dr Tint Lwin

Myat Wai Toe (University of Education)

Child literature Kanbalu Khin Maung Swe

Yutyikhin (Bago)

Zaw Myo Han (Ngathainggyoung)

Youth literature Myint Soe (Na Ta La)
English U Ye Dway
Translation Tin Maung Than (Ywama)

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