2015 China Bookworm Literary Award Shortlist Revealed



 2015 China Bookworm Literary Award Shortlist Revealed


BEIJING – The Bookworm is delighted to announce the six finalists for its inaugural 2015 China Bookworm Literary Award, along with the esteemed jury tasked with selecting the winner.

The China Bookworm Literary Award was initiated in January 2015 to find a previously unpublished novel by a mainland Chinese writer. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive respective cash prizes of 5,000 RMB, 2,500 RMB and 1,000 RMB. In addition, the winning novel will be translated into English and published by the China Bookworm Press.

Entries for the contest came from both published and unpublished writers across the country. “The quality of the submissions is high and bodes well for the future of literature in China. We saw a broad range of topics and styles, reflecting the incredible diversity of experiences of contemporary Chinese writers,” said Ran Wei, General Manager of the China Bookworm Press. “The six ultimately shortlisted submissions were selected based on their craftsmanship and originality. Each reconstructs the world in a way that allows one to examine life from new perspectives. Any of them would make a deserving winner.”

The shortlisted authors for the 2015 China Bookworm Literary Award are as follows, in alphabetical order (please note: all translated manuscript titles are working titles only):


LI Ziyue

Li Ziyue is a self-professed slow writer, ambitious director and traveler born in the 1980s. His submission, I Am in the Red Chamber, You are on the Journey to the West, is a unique satire that starts with the loss of a letter supposedly written by a former Nationalist official promising a great fortune.

LIN Weipan

Lin Weipan is a copywriter from Fujian province who enjoys writing novels. His submission, When A Cloud Meets A Sheet of Paper, is a story about two boys in the countryside with elements of magical realism and streams of consciousness.


Tie Tou is a 29-year-old writer from Northeast China. He is an enthusiastic storyteller who hopes to portray both the heat and cold of the Northeast, and to bring his stories to even warmer and colder places. His submission, Buddies, is an engrossing mystery that touches on the essence of good and evil and the important role human emotions play in it.

WANG Moshu

Wang Moshu is an 18-year-old student from Jiangxi province. His submission, We of Us, is an enigmatic book that explores the meaning of life and death and reads like an Ingmar Bergman film.

WANG Zhezhu

Wang Zhezhu is a writer from Jieyang (Guangdong province) born in the 1980s. Her submission, The Train that Came to its End, tells of a doomed train and the passengers on board – their life stories, their thoughts and feelings, and the different ways they cope with the disaster that awaits them.


Wu Ge is a 26-year-old teacher. His submission, The Spider, is an imaginative surrealist satire that starts with the narrator waking up one day and finding a giant spider at his/her door. As the story develops, a series of events eventually leads the reader to an intriguing conclusion.


The judging panel for the award consists of three distinguished literary figures, all of whom have worked with both Chinese- and English-language literature, as well as literary translations:


Eric Abrahamsen is a translator, editor and publishing consultant who has lived in Beijing since 2001. He edits Pathlight magazine and manages the website Paper Republic, providing information about Chinese literature in English.

Xiaolu Guo is a filmmaker and author who delves into contemporary life in China and Britain, probing East-West contrasts. Her book, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. I Am China is her latest novel, which was published by Random House in 2014. Among Guo’s 10 films as director/producer is She, A Chinese, which won the 2009 Golden Leopard, the top prize at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.

Karen Ma is a Chinese American author and journalist who spent her formative years in Hong Kong and Japan before living in more than a half-dozen cities around the world, including Beijing and New York. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Excess Baggage, and as a journalist she has worked for and contributed to publications such as NPR, Life Magazine, The Japan Times, The International Herald Tribute and the South China Morning Post.


Peter Goff, Managing Director of the China Bookworm Press, said: “We are delighted to be working with these three literary talents who between them have so much experience in writing, editing and translating, and who have worked extensively in both the Chinese and English languages. It is a wonderful team and we are very much looking forward to hearing their final verdict.”

The Bookworm would like to congratulate all the finalists. The winners will be announced in August 2015. The winning novel will be translated into English and published by the China Bookworm Press.


About China Bookworm Press

The China Bookworm Press is part of the Bookworm group, and was founded in early 2015 as an independent publisher of contemporary Chinese writing in translation. The Press seeks to publish leading contemporary fiction and non-fiction from China and make it available to a wider international audience in translation. For more information, please visit www.chinabookwormpress.com.

About The Bookworm

The Bookworm is a bookshop, library, bar/cafe and events space founded in Beijing in 2005, also with locations in Chengdu and Suzhou. Every March it hosts the Bookworm Literary Festival, the largest bilingual cultural event in China and one of the most prestigious literary festivals in Asia. For more information, please visit www.chinabookworm.com.




Ran Wei, General Manager



Peter Goff, Managing Director



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