Hanoi (VNA) – President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended a ceremony in Hanoi on January 9 to launch a campaign on the creation of literary works for children and to present the first young author’s prize.
The campaign focuses on two genres of prose and poetry, and lasts for five years from the end of 2021 to May 2025. It is divided into two phases with the first from January 2022 to June 2023, and the second from July 2023 to July 2025.
The campaign aims to, by writing books of literature, praise, encourage and honor good virtues, actions and thoughts, thus inspiring, encouraging and enriching the souls of children, making them become good and useful people in the future.
Directory Young Author Award recognizes excellent literary works of the year in four categories of poetry, prose, theory – criticism and literary translation by authors aged 35 and under. This year, the winners are Ly Huu Luong and Phuong Dang (Poetry), Dinh Phuong (Prose), Vu Thi Trang (Theory – criticism) and Nguyen Binh (Literary translation).
Speaking at the ceremony, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc highlighted the position and role of writers and their works in the life and cause of nation building and safeguarding, especially the precious literary workswith omnipresent and timeless influences.
Creative writing for children is an interesting and meaningful subject which must be strongly encouraged and disseminated because dreams, desires and ambitions must be nurtured from an early age until adulthood and literature is the source of the food for the soul, he added.
The president called Vietnamese writers and all of society to give the best to children for the future of the nation./.