Thuta Swesone literary award

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The Thuta Swesone literary awards have been presented by the Swesone Media group since 2006. [1] They are sponsored by Dr. Tin Tun Oo, the cofounder of the Myanmar Times. [2] The awards complement the government's National Literary Awards and Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards and the Sayawun Tin Shwe Award, Pakokku U Ohn Pe literary award and Tun Foundation award. [3]

Dr. Tin Tun Oo is a Burmese media entrepreneur who owns Swesone Media Company, with about 60 employees. The group publishes the Thuta Swesone magazine, Pyi Myanmar journal, Arrawjan magazine and Good Health journal. He is sponsor of the annual Thuta Swesone literary award.

Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards

The Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards are annual literary awards given in Burma by the Sarpay Beikman, a department of the Ministry of Information. They are awarded for unpublished manuscripts in various fiction and non-fiction categories. Sarpay Beikman publishes the winning entries, as well as giving a financial prize. The awards complement the Burma National Literature Award and the privately sponsored Sayawun Tin Shwe Award, Pakokku U Ohn Pe literary award, Thuta Swesone literary award and Tun Foundation award.

The Sayawun Tin Shwe Literary Award has been presented annually since November 2002 under the patronage of the Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association (MWJA). Non-fiction books published in the previous year are eligible. The awards are named after the writer Sayawun Tin Shwe. The awards complement the government's National Literary Awards and Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards and the Pakokku U Ohn Pe literary award, Thuta Swesone literary award and Tun Foundation award.


Awards by year

2007 awards

The fourth awards, for the year 2007, were announced in February 2009. A panel of eight judges from Swesone Media Group and from the Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association chose the winners. The 79-year-old writer and historian Dr Khin Maung Nyunt won the lifetime achievement prize. Maung Tun Lwin (Meteorology) won the Science knowledge prize for The Girl Called La Niña and Articles about Natural Disasters. Other awards for books published in 2007 were won by Maung Zayyar, Hmu Thamein, Kyaw Oo Hla, Chit Swe Myint, Maung Hla Thaung, Chit Naing (Psychology), H E U Hla Maung (Eco) and Aung (MC1). [1]

The Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association represents writers and journalists in Myanmar. At first closely associated with the Ministry of Information, in the 2011-2012 period the MWJA achieved greater independence.

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2008 awards

The awards for the year 2008 were presented on 1 March 2010 at Traders Hotel in Yangon. Minister for Information Brigadier-General Kyaw Hsan attended the prize presentation ceremony. Winners were: [4]

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Lifetime AchievementU Chit San (Chit San Win)
Socio-economic)Dr Chit
Arts Tekkatho Sein Tin
Foreign Affairs Ye Htut
Translation Kyi Min
Youth LiteratureDr Tin Soe
Reference Literature Kyaw Win
Belles-lettres)Ko Ko (Sethmu Tekkatho)
Applied Science)Dr. Soe Lwin

2009 awards

The sixth Thuta Swesone Literary Award, for Burmese books published in 2009, were announced on 20 April 2011. Winners were: [2]

Lifetime Achievement Literary Award Min Yu Wai aka Win Maung
Arts Maung Moe Thu Profiles of Prominent Deceased Writers and Artists
Reference Pe Myint Book World
Social economics Win Htut Zaw Petroleum
Belles-lettres Maung Khin Min A Life of a Visiting Professor in Osaka
Science Ko Swe won
Translation Kyi Shoon Business Success
Youth literatureNo winner
International affairsNo winner
Applied scienceNo winner

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  2. 1 2 "Thuta Swesone Literary Award winners announced". Mizzima News. 22 April 2011. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  3. "Myanmar strives for press media development in new gov't era". Xinhua. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
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