Literary Talent Unearthed

No-one was awarded a first prize but six teenagers managed to score second prizes in the “Looking for Literary Talent” writing competition for high school students in Ho Chi Minh City.

Deputy editor-in-chief Tran Van Tuan awards prizes to winners. (Phpto:SGGP)

Two poets were among the winners: Hong Nhung of Tran Dai Nghia High for San vuon em (my garden) and Bich Ngoc of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai High for Ao dai (traditional dress).

The other four were short stories: Me (mother) by Vo Thuy Diem of Le Hong Phong High School for Gifted Students, Nhung canh chim xua (wings in the old days) by Huynh Nhu Huong Chau, also of Le Hong Phong High, Doi chim sao (mynah bird’s life) by Dao Nguyen Thuan of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai High, and Viet cho nhung ngon gio khong bao gio thoi (writing for the motionless winds) by Ha Thi Phuong Dung of Tran Dai Nghia High.

Nine consolation prizes went to Le Ba Khanh Trinh of An Nhon Tay High School; Van Tuyet Ngan, Trinh Dao Nguyet Nu, Nguyen Le Truc Quynh and Cao Phuong Minh of Le Hong Phong High; Pham Tuyet Thanh Xuan and Ha Thanh Vy of the Teaching University’s High School for Gifted Students; and Vo Ngoc Bao Chau and Nguyen Thuy Huyen of Go Vap High School.

The competition was sponsored by the Talent Development Fund set up by Sai Gon Giai Phong, the HCMC Department of Education and Training, the Vietnam Writers’ Association and the HCMC Writers' Association. So far the fund has been given more than VND300 million in donations.  

Hundreds of high school kids submitted more than 500 entries in this first running of the “Looking for Literary Talent” competition, which began three months ago and concluded yesterday with the prize presentation.

Speaking at the award ceremony, deputy editor in-chief  Tran Van Tuan of Sai Gon Giai Phong said the purpose of the contest was to unearth and encourage young talent, and foster the development of a national literature.

By T.V _ Translated by Kim Khanh

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