Internet Novels to Compete for China's Mao Dun Literary Prize
Eight items of literary works published on the Internet will join another 170 novels to compete for the Mao Dun Literature Prize, one of China’s most prestigious literary awards, according to the Chinese Writers Association (CWA).
This is the first time that Internet novels have been accepted as qualified candidates for the prize, which is awarded to no more than five novels every four years.
The winners will be selected after two rounds of voting from a committee of 62 judges.
Recent years have shown a growing trend of Internet-based publication of literary works in China, whose number of Internet users climbed to 477 million this year.
In an earlier talk with media, Chen Qirong, a spokesman with the CWA, said that by opening the doors for Internet novels, China’s awards have begun to recognize the influence of Internet literature.