The 10th Junior Dublin Literary Awards

Thai students shine in world’s most prestigious literary event

Udonpittayanukoon School student wins 10th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand

On April 2, the 10th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand announcement and award presentation ceremony was held at the Rembrandt Hotel, Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok. The competition was divided into two rounds: the regional round for the north, northeast, south, and Bangkok/Central, and the national round for the regional winners. With the theme ‘Two Worlds’ this time, the event attracted almost 1,000 entries from students across the country. The top national honour went to Ms. Kantawan Magkunthod from Udonpittayanukoon School in Udon Thani who was the representative from the northeast. Winning a Bt10,000 cash prize and certificate, Ms. Kantawan accompanied by her parent will also have a chance to attend the senior International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards, considered the richest literary prize in the world.

For the other regional winners, City Life Chiang Mai, the organiser of the Northern contest, earlier announced the northern regional winner as Ms. Angie Kim Tran from Lanna International School in Chiang Mai while Phuket Gazette, the organiser of the southern contest, announced the southern regional winner as Ms. Apichaya Mugem from Mahavajiravudh Songkhla School in Songkhla. For the Bangkok and Central region, Mr. Justin Potisit from International School Eastern Seaboard in Chon Buri took the top honours.

The annual Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand is jointly organised by The Nation, NJ magazine, and strategic partners; Phuket Gazette and City Life Chiang Mai with support from The Embassy of Ireland, OCS (Outsourced Client Solutions), Kerry Group, and the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce. Its main objectives are to enhance the creative English writing skills of Thai students nationwide and to encourage innovative thinking among the younger generation.

The 10th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand judging committee was made up of His Excellency Brendan Rogers, the Irish ambassador to Thailand; Dr. Sirikorn Maneerin, former deputy minister, the Ministry of Education; Associate Professor Suchada Nimmannit, former president of Thailand Tesol (the Association of Teachers of English); Ajarn Atchara Pradit, Lecturer for the Children’s Literature Program, Department of Library and Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Srinakharinwirot University; Mr. Pana Janviroj, Chief Executive Officer of Nation International Edutainment Public Company Limited and Ms. Pimpimol Kongkreingkrai, Editor of NJ Magazine.

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Mr. Anusorn Tipayanon, the author of London and The Secret of a Kiss, who shared his valuable experience and offered some useful tips to all creative young writers, and also inspired the young students to continue writing.

The competition was open to Thai students studying in Thailand between the ages of 14 and 18. They were required to write an essay of between 800 and 1,200 words in length.

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