SGGP gives away awards for “Portrait of Contemporaries” writing contest

Awards were given away to the winners of a writing contest titled “Portrait of Contemporaries” at a ceremony held at the Sai Gon Giai Phong office in Ho Chi Minh City on September 14.

SGGP Editor-in-Chief Tran The Tuyen (L) and the vice president of the Vietnamese Writers’ Association, Le Van Thao (R), present the first prize to the winner of the “Portrait of Contemporaries” writing contest, To Hoang, on September 14 (Photo: SGGP)

The first prize, worth VND15 million (about US$830), went to To Hoang for his “Four extraordinary things in a soldier’s family.”

In his work, Mr. Hoang highlights the life and career of Colonel Le Ba Uoc, the head of Regiment 10 based in Sac forest during the war.

Many of his resounding successes on the battlefield have become the stuff of legend and been featured in many literary works, drama, and films.

Ham Chau and Nguyen Huu Quy won the second prize of VND10 million respectively for “Living far away from the homeland” and “After sleepless nights.”

Three third prizes worth VND8 million each and five consolation prizes worth VND5 million were also presented.

The contest, which opened in May 2008, was organized jointly by Sai Gon Giai Phong and the Vietnamese Writers’ Association.

Speaking at the event, Tran The Tuyen, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, a poet, and the chairman of the board of examiners, said: “The characters in the winning works are depicted in a practical, lively, and attractive manner, and the works have a positive effect on readers. This is the biggest success of the contest.”

Mr. Tuyen expressed sincere thanks to all writers who took part in the contest, and said all comments on the contest would be considered so that it could be organized better in future.

Some of the winning works would be complied into a book for publication, he said.

The winner of the top prize, Mr. Hoang, said: “As we know, there have been many chronicles in which the characters are described in a way that place more emphasis on war-related issues than family-related ones. But, just like ordinary people, heroes need to have a family as moral support for them to achieve successes in their career.”

By Tuong Vy – Translated by Truc Thinh

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