A total of 13 local writers in Myanmar have won manuscript awards to be presented by noted writer Pakokku U Ohn Pe, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday.
The Pakokku U Ohn Pe manuscript awards 2006 to be presented through his own fund cover those in collected poem genre, novel genre, collected short stories genre, treatise genre and literature for knowledge genre, the report said.
U Ohn Pe is the best known writer in Myanmar. He set up his own literary fund to present such awards which are secondary to the literary awards at national level.
To encourage preservation and promotion of literacy and cultural heritage, the Myanmar government presents National Literacy Awards (NLA) to successful writers every year and in December 2005, Myanmar presented 59 national-level literacy awards for the year 2004 to winners.
The awards included one life-long National Literary Award (NLA), 10 NLAs, 27 Sarpay Beikman (literature house) Manuscript Awards and 21 National Motto Literary and Photo Awards.
The NLA, the highest of its kind in the country, cover those in novels, short stories, poems, belles-letters, translation and literature.