Result of VOG Literature Prize Publicized

The result of 2000-2001 Voice of Germany (VOG) Literature Prize was made public in Beijing Thursday afternoon, with the four prize-winners focusing on the lives of ordinary people.

The contest received nearly 1,200 entries from over 10 countries, including China, Malaysia, Thailand, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands.

This is the first time for the VOG Literature Prize to be open to authors writing in Chinese in its history of 15 years, which has attracted much attention from Chinese all over the world.

Writers from China accounted for 97 percent of the total competitors, and topics with distinctive Chinese characteristics such as family planning and experiences in the "cultural revolution" are also explored in the novels.

The contest also received a work written in Braille by a blind man from south China's Guangdong Province.

A collection of excellent works which have won the VOG Literature Prize will be published in both Chinese and German during an international book fair scheduled for this autumn in Frankfurt, Germany.

(Xinhua 06/07/2001)

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