National Book Award-winning fiction writer and former story editor for HBO’s Westworld (back in Season 1, before it jumped the RoboShark) Charles Yu, in collaboration with TaiwaneseAmerican.org, has created the Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes, “intended to encourage and recognize creative literary work by Taiwanese American high school and college students, and to foster discussion and community around such work.”
I am honored and excited to be partnering with @TaiwaneseAm_org in creating these student writing prizes which we hope will foster creativity and community. I’m also thrilled and grateful to @shawnayangryan for agreeing to be a judge this year. Details in the link below! Thanks! https://t.co/GoGhgxZclg
— Charles Yu (@charles_yu) February 11, 2021
Submissions may be in any literary genre but must be from writers of Taiwanese heritage (or writers with other significant connection to Taiwan), or have subject matter otherwise relevant to the Taiwanese or Taiwanese American experience.
The submission deadline for the inaugural prizes, named in honor of Yu’s parents for their service to the Taiwanese-American community, is March 31 and the judges will be Yu and Taiwanese American novelist Shawna Yang Ryan.
Winners and finalists will be announced in May 2021. A total of $1500 will be awarded to the winners. In addition, each of the winners and finalists will have their submitted work published online by TaiwaneseAmerican.org and considered for publication in a future edition of Chrysanthemum, and offered the opportunity to participate in an individual mentoring session with one of the judges.