Cambodian Buddhist Institute Announces Winners of 5th Buddhist Literature Contest
The Buddhist Institute, a division of the government of Cambodia, has announced the winners of the 5th Prize of the Buddhist Literature Competition. The theme of this year’s competition was “Ethics of Life”. The event will include an in-person ceremony for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic led to nationwide precautions beginning in 2020. The date for the awards ceremony has not been set, but the institute said it plans to hold the event. by the end of the year.
“Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have just announced the results of the 5th Buddhist Literature Competition 2022. Congratulations to all the winners.” Buddhist Institute director Sar Sokny said last week. “The institution has been unable to hold the awards the last three times, from 2020-22, but we intend to celebrate together later this year once a convenient time has been agreed.” (Phnom Penh Post Office)
The prizes were awarded in two categories: short stories and poetry. The three winners in the short story category were Ton Chanrith, who won first place for This society, Pov Makara took second place with Norati, and Phuy Ratana, who won third place for The lamp in the house
The three winners in the poetry category were Chuon Khmao in first place with the poem “Kon Neak”, Moeung Piseth in second with “Dey Mer” and Phirum Dara in third with “Chumnor Kongkea”.
This year the awards saw a drop in submissions, with only 21 short stories and 16 poems submitted. This was down from the 35 entries in each category in the previous competition.
“The reduction in the number of entrants may come from the pressure related to COVID-19,” Sokny said. (Phnom Penh Post Office)
The 1st Buddhist literature competition took place in 2018, on the theme “Harmonization in society through religion”. In 2019, the awards explored the theme of “Buddhist Perspectives on the Development of Khmer Society”. In 2020, the competition was built around the “Alcohol Punishment”. Finally, the 4th competition was organized on the theme “No illness is a good reward”.
“The next Buddhist Literature Competition will be held in 2023 under the theme ‘Greed Brings Doom,’” Sokney revealed last week. “The authors selected from the top three in both categories will receive cash prizes, certificates of achievement and will see their work published,” he added. (Phnom Penh Post Office)
The competition aims to promote Khmer literature. Entrants for the awards must submit original works that have not been submitted to any previous competition. The rules specify the type and size of font for stories and poems, as well as the overall length. Contest entrants are reminded to follow the spelling of the Khmer dictionary published by the Buddhist Academy.
Poetry category winner Chuon Khmao said he submitted his work after seeing this year’s theme, “Ethics of Life,” noting that he thought it had a good meaning. “I want to share the idea through my pen with all Cambodians, especially young people, to see more clearly that people’s life in a civilized society is inseparable from morality,” Khmao said. (Khmer time)
He added that to write well, a poet must know Buddhism well. Likewise, they must be more than familiar with the rules of composing poems. “The poem is a precious heritage of Khmer ancestors that we all need to take care of, so as a good citizen, we should not diminish the values of the culture of a once famous civilization in history,” he said. . (Khmer time)
Selection of the winners of the Buddhist scripture “Ethics of life” (Phnom Penh Post Office)
The Ministry nominates the winners of the Buddhist Literature Prize (Khmer time).
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