VNUHCM-USSH Student Won First Prize In Poetry Contest

Overcoming nearly 1,000 works, the poem Barely enough expressions for the last month (Vừa câu đủ chữ gieo vần Chạp Giêng) by Nguyen Tran Khanh Duy, student of the Faculty of Literature, VNUHCM-University of Social Sciences and Humanities won the First prize in the Sin-eight-word distich metre Poetry Contest of Tet Holiday in February 18th, at Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in Ho Chi Minh City.

Poet Nguyen Thai Duong awarded the First prize to Khai Duy

Khai Duy shared that he felt very happy and surprised about this award. “I wrote this poem on the occasion of the Lunar New Year when my mother displayed a tray of fruit on the family altar with coconut, papaya and some other fruits. At that moment a thought came up in my head: ‘How is enough and how is just enough’ for New Year’s Day. The images of New Year gradually appeared and the words came out. I wrote and edited in about an hour and then send it to the organizers of the contest half an hour later, and didn’t think that it would win the highest prize “- Duy shared.

Not only the poem Barely enough expressions for the last month, Khai Duy also participated with two other poems called Visiting pagoda for Tet/Tet ghe san thien and Subconscious of Quy Nhon/ Tiem thuc Quy Nhon. These are also two in the three poems to help Duy won the first prize in the Sin-eight-word distich metre Poetry Contest of the Lunar New Year.

Taking place from January 20 to February 2, the Sin-eight-word distich metre Poetry Contest of Lunar New Year was organized by Saigon Book Culture Joint Stock Company (Saigon Books) and received nearly 1,000 poems of professional and amateur authors in Vietnam and abroad. From nearly 1,000 works, the organizers selected 446 works in the preliminary round and continued to select 158 ​​works of 50 authors to be in final round.

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