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Thanh Nien Newspaper summarizes and awards the writing contest 'The Pride of the East'

Vung Tau, 20.1.2024 - Today, at Ky Hoa Vung Tau Hotel, Thanh Nien Newspaper  held the closing ceremony and awarded the writing contest  of the The Spirit of the East, with the companion of PM3SIP (Phu My 3 Specialized Industrial Park); the program was broadcast live on Thanh Nien Online social media channels:  Fanpage, YouTube and TikTok Thanh Nien Newspaper.

After more than 4 months (from 21.7 to 30.11.2023), The Spirit of the East writing contest has received more than 500 entries, including letters and emails. Besides most authors in 7 provinces and cities in the Southeast: Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Binh Thuan, Tay Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City. In HCMC, the contest received many articles from authors in other regions who had time to stick or visit and were impressed with the love of people and love in the East. In particular, there are also foreign authors living and working in the Southeast, including the selected article "Vietnam" has occupied a place in my heart of the British author - pen name Wordup77, living and working in Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City City.

In terms of age, the contest attracts authors from high school students to the 6X, 5X generations and even has a 92-year-old author – Nguyen Nhu Suong, whose chosen article  is Tay Ninh (Tay Ninh is where she has been a bride for 70 years,  And as she writes, "Time is enough to change 3 generations and go through how many star changes, how many ups and downs of history...").

Within the framework of the contest, Thanh Nien Newspaper  also organized the seminar Attracting Green Investment: Filtering the industry or reducing emissions, which took place on 5.12 in Ho Chi Minh City City, attended by  representatives of competent ministries, sectors, leading economic and environmental experts in Vietnam and the presence of domestic and foreign enterprises to give the most specific answers about green production processes, reducing net emissions in practice.

Contest results:

After the preliminary round (selected by the Organizing Committee  - Thanh Nien Newspaper  ),  the jury of the final round including: poet Le Huy Mau, writer Tran Nha Thuy, writer Thu Tran, journalist Hai  Thanh - Deputy editor-in-chief of Thanh Nien Newspaper -  Head of the jury, journalist Lam Hieu Dung - Deputy editor-in-chief  of Thanh Nien Newspaper scored and selected the following results:

- 1 First prize: Soc Cho Ro in Ly Lich then and now, author Tran Dai (Lam Dong).

- 2 Second prizes: Dad's Saigon, Author Hai Duong (Da Nang), Returning to Dong Nai to eat a bowl of Quang noodles, Author Nguyen Thi Nhu Hien (HCMC).

- 3 Third prizes:  The sacred river - by Hoang Ngoc Diep (Dong Nai), Mom's favorite specialties, Author Ngoc Dung (Binh Phuoc), The self-love canal – author En Nho (HCMC).

- 6 consolation prizes (The organizers increased 1 prize compared to the rules, due to the same number of points): The sounds of longing - by An Phuc (HCMC), Came for fishing - by Author Nguyen Vu Thien Anh (HCMC), About the central land - by Author Tong Phuoc Bao (HCMC), Ms. Vo Thi Sau in the hearts of Westerners - by  Author Nguyen Huu Nhan (Dong Thap), Remember the delicious rice field season - by  Author Ngo Thi Ngoc Diep (Binh Phuoc), Nurturing love for red soil - by Dinh Le Tuyet Trinh (HCMC).

In addition, there is also 1 article award that is loved by readers, expressed through the total number of likes (likes) and views (views) on Thanh Nien Online: Goodbye to the land of industrial parks -  by Nguyen Thi Trang (Ba Ria-Vung Tau);

In addition, there is also an award for readers' favorite articles, shown by the total number of likes and views on Thanh Nien Online: Goodbye to the land of industrial zones, Author Nguyen Thi Trang (Ba Ria-Vung Tau).

In addition to the articles awarded by the Organizers according to regulations, authors with good articles are also awarded local prizes by provinces and cities in the Southeast region including: Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Thuan, Binh Phuoc. The value of local prizes awarded to authors according to the regulations on merit emulation of localities.

Book  of The Spirit of the East: On this occasion, the collection of The Spirit of the East, with articles selected from the contest, published by Thanh Nien Newspaper  - Vanlangbooks - Publishing House by Hong Duc is also launched to readers.

Examination Board's evaluation and sharing about the contest:

* Poet Le Huy Mau: Participating in the Final Committee of the contest,  when reading the shortlisted works, I realized that, although the contest time was not long, the contest attracted the attention and participation of a large number of writers,  journalists, yours writing from many parts of the country. The content of articles, whether scattered, magazines or articles, whether reflecting reality, or exploring life, or memories, or feeling love and humanity... all exude affection, pride and gratitude for the eastern land "old resistance zone" and "southern key economic zone" today.

* Writer Tran Nha Thuy: Each article is like a puzzle piece, which when we read it all, we try to put it together will appear as a picture. That painting is called: East. Try starting from the scent of cashews, expanding your chest under the rubber trees, roaming through the red land, straight to the sea or back up the mountain; in the East, everywhere is the spirit and warmth. Talk about the East, stories of the wilderness, love stories of villages, stories of people, stories of nature, stories of today and stories of tomorrow. All can be encapsulated in one sentence: "That East is the Love Region".

* Writer Thu Tran: I want to say one simple thing, you will understand and love the Southeast more if you read articles about the Southeast through this contest. Memories, feelings, events... as there is already in every man who loves people and the land of the Southeast, just waiting for the opportunity to "burst". Thank you to the contest organizers and the contest authors for pouring out their hearts so that I can better understand and love my "routine with potato" Southeast countryside. And I wish there would be more contests written about other parts of our beloved Vietnam. Because these are not only the sharing of the land and people of a land, but I also see very rich cultural and historical issues in countless memories...


Award-winning authors interact with the audience

Delegates attending the award ceremony


The organizing committee presented flowers to Ms. Nguyen Thi Thao Nhi, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and General Director of Thanh Binh Phu My Joint Stock Company (2nd on the right) and Ms. Vu Kieu Thuc Nguyen, Deputy General Director of Culture and Arts Joint Stock Company. Lang, representative of the sponsoring unit to print and distribute the book.