Up to now, Charles Yu says he sometimes thought of launching a writing prize to encourage younger Taiwanese People to pursue their artistic goals.
“I didn’t know precisely learn how to go about it, or whether or not anybody would have an interest,” says Yu by cellphone from his residence in Irvine.
“However final November, I used to be fortunate sufficient to win an award,” he says, a modest reference to the National Book Award he won for his latest novel, “Interior Chinatown.”
“And I felt that if ever there was a time to make use of no matter short-term window of consideration I used to be getting, it will be good to do it now.”
The Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Inventive Writing Prizes, introduced earlier this month, is this system Yu created and named after his mom and father. Their help, he says, was ever-present as he made his approach from a molecular biology diploma on the College of California to a regulation diploma at Columbia College, after which, ultimately, an acclaimed new literary voice.
The inaugural contest is open to writers of Taiwanese or Taiwanese American backgrounds, or whose material is related to these communities. Two divisions, highschool and faculty, will every produce a winner and finalist.
The 2 winners will obtain a $1,500 prize, publication on-line at TaiwaneseAmerican.org, and the chance for mentorship with judges Yu and fellow novelist and quick story author Shawna Yang Ryan.
Yu, whose dad and mom are first-generation People from Taiwan, says he needed to acknowledge the work of younger writers from that shared background to highlight their voices within the crowded literary panorama.
“I feel there’s a separate form of expertise and identification that goes together with Taiwanese and Taiwanese American or Taiwanese diaspora writers, that’s knowledgeable by languages and tradition and upbringing,” Yu says. “Whether or not it’s the author themselves or their dad and mom or grandparents who grew up in Taiwan versus China or any variety of different Asian nations.
“The principle level is that it is a subset of a group that already has the problem of differentiating itself inside the USA, when it comes to how do you differentiate from Chinese language American or Asian American as an entire.
“And so to create this form of particular prize that has this focus, that simply feels prefer it might assist individuals who may in any other case really feel, ‘Nicely, I’ll simply get misplaced in a sea of different writers,’” Yu says.
The competition is open to all genres of literary writing — fiction, poetry, essays, and inventive non-fiction. Entries can be accepted by March 31.
For extra info and a hyperlink to enter, go to taiwaneseamerican.org/category/arts-and-culture and click on on the article in regards to the contest.
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