S.E.A. Write Award

The S.E.A. Write Award, or Southeast Asian Writers Award, is an award that is presented annually since 1979 to poets and writers of Southeast Asia.

S.E.A. Write Award logo

The awards are given to the writers from each of the countries that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, though not all countries in ASEAN are represented every year. The award is sometimes given for a specific work by an author, or it could be awarded for lifetime achievement. The types of works that are honored vary, and have included poetry, short stories, novels, plays, folklore, and scholarly and religious works.

The ceremonies are held in Bangkok, with a member of the Thai royal family presiding. The award was conceived by the management of The Oriental hotel in Bangkok, which then sought further backing from Thai Airways International and other companies. The ceremonies have featured some notable guest speakers, including Iris Murdoch, Peter Ustinov, Jeffrey Archer, James A. Michener, Gore Vidal, William Golding, Rita Dove and Paul Theroux. The 2006 keynote speaker, Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka canceled his keynote speech in protest against the Thai military's coup against the government,[1] and was replaced at the last moment by S. P. Somtow.

The 2011 ceremony was postponed until February 2012 because of the 2011 Thailand floods. Edwin Thumboo was the keynote speaker.[2] The 2016–18 ceremonies were postponed due to the passing of the Thai king in 2016. The three Singaporean winners received their awards in November 2019.[3]

List of S.E.A. Write Award winnersEdit

1979–1989Edit

Until 1984, ASEAN comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei was admitted in 1984 and its first S.E.A. Write honoree was named in 1986.

Year Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Singapore[4] Thailand
1979 - Sutardji Calzoum Bachri A. Samad Said Jolico Cuadra Edwin Thumboo Kampoon Boonthawee
1980 - Putu Wijaya Baharuddin Zainal (Baha Zain) Nick Joaquin Masuri bin Salikun[5] Naowarat Pongpaiboon
1981 - Goenawan Mohamad Abdullah Hussain Gregorio C. Brillantes Wong Meng Voon 黄孟文 Ussiri Dhammachote
1982 - Marianne Katoppo Usman Awang Adrian Cristobal M. Balakrishnan (Ma Ilangkannan) Chart Korbjitti
1983 - Y. B. Mangunwijaya Adibah Amin Edilberto K. Tiempo Arthur Yap Komtuan Khantanu (Prasatporn Poosusilapadhorn)
1984 - Budi Darma A. Latiff Mohidin Virginia R. Moreno Wong Yoon Wah Wanich Jarungidanan
1985 - Abdul Hadi Wiji Muthari Arena Wati (Muhammad Dahalan bin Abdul Biang) Ricaredo Demetillo Noor S.I. (Ismail bin Haji Omar) Krisna Asokesin (Sukanya Cholsuk)
1986 Muslim Burmat (Haji Muslim bin Haji Burut) Sapardi Djoko Damono Kemala (Ahmad Kamal Abdullah) Jose Maria Sison Paranan (C. Veloo) Angkarn Kalayanapong
1987 Yahya bin Haji Ibrahim Umar Kayam Noordin Hassan Bienvenido N. Santos Lee Tzu Pheng Paitoon Thanya (Thanya Sangkapanthanon)
1988 Leman Ahmad (Haji Leman bin Ahmad) Danarto Azizi Haji Abdullah Rio Alma (Virgilio S. Almario) Leou Pei Ann (Chua Boon Hean) Nikom Rayawa
1989 Adi Kelana (Haji bin Haji Muhamad Said) Gerson Poyk Siti Zainon Ismail Lina Espina Moore Suratman Markasan Chiranan Pitpreecha

1990–1994Edit

Year Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Singapore[4] Thailand
1990 Awang Mohd Salleh bin Abd. Latif Arifin C. Noer S. Othman Kelantan Carmen Guerrero Nakpil Rama Kannabiran Anchalee Vivatanachai
1991 Mohammad Zain Subagio Sastrowardoyo Jihaty Abadi (Yahya Hussin) Isagani R. Cruz Gopal Baratham Mala Kamchan (Charoen Malaroj)
1992 Awang Haji Abdul Rahman Ali Akbar Navis Ismail Abbas Alfred Yuson Cheong Weng Yat Saksiri Meesomsueb (Kittisak)
1993 Pengiran Haji Mohd. Yusuf Ramadhan K.H. Kamaruzzaman Abdul Kadir Linda Ty-Casper Muhammad Ariff Ahmad Sila Komchai (Winai Boonchuay)
1994 Yang Mulia Awang Haji Morshidi bin Haji Marsal (Mussidi) Taufiq Ismail A. Wahab Ali Buenaventura S. Medina Jr. Naa Govindasamy Chart Korbjitti

1995–1999Edit

Vietnam joined ASEAN in 1995 and named its first S.E.A. Write honoree in 1996. Laos and Myanmar were admitted in 1997 and named their first honorees in 1998. Cambodia joined ASEAN in 1999, and named its first S.E.A. Write honoree that same year.

Year Brunei Cambodia Indonesia Laos Malaysia Myanmar Philippines Singapore[4] Thailand Vietnam
1995 P.H. Muhammad Abdul Aziz - Ahmad Tohari - Suhaimi Haji Muhammad - Teodoro T Antonio Dan Ying (Lew Poo Chan) Paiwarin Khao-Ngam -
1996 Pengiran Haji Sabtu bin Pengiran Haji Mohamad Salleh - W.S. Rendra - Zaharah Nawawi - Mike L. Bigornia Minfong Ho Kanokphong Songsomphan To Huu
1997 Awang Mohammad bin Haji Timbang - Seno Gumira Ajidarma - Muhammad Haji Salleh - Alejandro Roces Elangovan Win Lyovarin -
1998 Badaruddin H.O. - N. Riantiarno Thongkham Onemanisone Othman Puteh Sinbyu-Kyun Aung Thein Marne L. Kilates Abdul Ghani Hamid Raekham Pradouykham (Suphan Thongklouy) Ma Van Khang
1999 Norsiah M.S. Pich Tum Kravel Kuntowijoyo MA. Chanthi Deuanesavanh Khadijah Hashim Kyaw Aung Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta Catherine Lim Win Lyovarin Huu Thinh

2000sEdit

Year Brunei Cambodia Indonesia Laos Malaysia Myanmar Philippines Singapore[4] Thailand Vietnam
2000 Pehin Dato Abdul Aziz bin Juned Kong Bun Chhoeun Wisran Hadi Souvanthone Bouphanouvong Lim Swee Tin Daw Yin Yin (Saw Mon Nyin) Antonio Enriquez Teoh Hee La 张曦娜 Wimon Sainimnuan Nguyen Khai
2001 Rahim M.S. (Awang Haji Ibrahin bin Haji Muhammad) Mao Ayuth Saini K.M. (Saini Kosim) Somsy Dexakhamphou Zakaria Ariffin Htin Gyi (Tekkatho Htin Gyi) Felice Prudente Sta. Maria K.T. M. Iqbal (Mohamed Iqbal) Chokchai Bundit (Chokchai Bunditsilasak) Nguyen Duc Mau
2002 Rosli Abidin Yahya Seng Sam An Darmanto Jatman Viseth Svengsuksa|Viseth Svengsuksa Anwar Ridhwan - Roberto T. Añonuevo Mohamed Latiff bin Mohamed Prabda Yoon Nguyen Kien
2003 Hashim bin Haji Abdul Hamid Kim Pinun Nh. Dini Theap Vongpakay Zakaria Ali - Domingo G. Landicho Philip Jeyaretnam Duanwad Pimwana Bang Viet
2004 Jawawi bin Haji Ahmad Chey Chap Gus tf Sakai Thongbay Phothisane Zurinah Hassan - César Ruiz Aquino Soon Ai Ling 孙爱玲 Rewat Phanpipat Do Chu
2005 Rahimi A.B. Miech Ponn Acep Zamzam Noor [[Bounseune Sengmany Abdul Ghafar Ibrahim - Malou Jacob P. Krishnan Binlah Sonkalagiri (Wuthichat Choomsanit) Phu Tram
2006 Sawal Rajab Vannarirak Pal Sitor Situmorang Douangdeuane Bounyavong Jong Chian Lai - Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera, Jr. Isa Kamari Ngarmpun Vejjajiva Le Van Thao
2007 Haji Moksin bin Haji Abdul Kadir Ourn Suphany Suparto Brata Ratanavong Houmphanh Prof. Rahman Shaari - Michael M. Coroza Rex Shelley Montri Sriyong Tran Van Tuan
2008[6] Zairis M.S. Sin Touch Hamsad Rangkuti Othong Khaminsou Hatta Azad Khan - Elmer Alindogan Ordonez Stella Kon[7] Vachara Sajasarasin (Vachara Phetchphromsorn) Nguyen Ngoc Tu
2009 Hajah Norsiah binti Haji Abdul Gapar - Floribertus Rahardi Khamseng Synonthong Azmah Nordin - Abdon Jr Balde Chia Hwee Pheng Uthis Haemamool Cao Duy Son

2010sEdit

Year Brunei Cambodia Indonesia Laos Malaysia Myanmar Philippines Singapore[4] Thailand Vietnam
2010[8] Wijaya (Awang Mohd Jamil) - Afrizal Malna Dara Kanlaya Zaen Kasturi - Marjorie Evasco Johar Bin Buang Zakariya Amataya Nguyen Nhat Anh
2011[2] Mohd Zefri Ariff bin Mohd Zain Ariff - D Zawawi Imron Bounthanong Xomxayphol S.M. Zakir - Romulo P. Baquiran Jr. Robert Yeo Cheng Chuan Jadet Kamjorndej[9] Nguyen Chi Trung
2012[10] Pengiran Haji Mahmud bin Pengiran Damit (Mahmudamit) - Oka Rusmini Duangxay Luangphasy Ismail Kassan - Charlson Ong Ong Suchen Christine Lim Wipas Srithong Trung Trung Dinh
2013[11] Haji Masri Haji Idris Sok Chanphal Linda Christanty Soukhee Norasilp Mohamed Ghozali Abdul Rashid Maung Sein Win Rebecca T Anonuevo-Cunada Yeng Pway Ngon Angkarn Chanthathip Thai Ba Loi
2014 Haji Mohd Yusuf bin Haji Mohd Daud Var Sam Ath Joko Pinurbo Somsouk Souksavath Md. Ismail Zamzam Daw Khin Than Jun Cruz Reyes Haresh Parmanand Sharma Saneh Sangsuk (Dan-arun Saengthong)[12] Thanh Thảo

(Ho Thanh Cong)

2015 Haji Abdul Aziz bin Tuah Kho Tararith Remy Sylado Phonesavanh Phanthavichith Jasni Matlani Ledwinthar Saw Chit Jerry B. Gracio Jamaludeen Mohamed Sali Veeraporn Nitiprapha, Saiduean Ta Bod Nai Khaowongkot ("Blind Earthworms in a Labyrinth")[13] Tran Mai Hanh
2016[14] Haji Jamaluddin bin Aspar Proeng Pranit Soubanh Luangrath Rejab bin Ismail Aung Cheimt Bienveindo Lumbera Ovidia Yu Phalang Phiangphirun (Kirksit Palamart), Nakhorn Kon Nork ("The City of Outsiders")[15] Nguyen The Quang
2017[14] Haji Mahadi Bin Haji Matarsat Lek Chumnor Somchay Chanthavong Zainal Abidin Suhaili Chit Oo Nyo Kristian Sendon Cordero Chia Joo Ming Jidanun Lueangpiansamut, Singto Nork Khok ("The Unorthodox Lion")[16] Tran Hung
2018[14] Tarif bin Haji Abdul Hamid Pol Pisey Phiulavanh Luangvanna Mawar Safei Ma Thida Ricardo Monreal de Ungria Goh Mey Teck Veeraporn Nitiprapha, Phutthasakkarat Asadong Kub Song Jam Khong Song Jam Khong Maew Kularb Dam ("Memories of the Memories of the Black Rose Cat")[17] Le Minh Khue
2019 Simon Tay Angkarn Chanthathip, Rawang Tang Klub Ban ("On The Way Back Home")[18]
2020 Nadiputra Jadet Kamjorndej, Kuen Pee Suea Lae Ruang Lao Khong Sat Uen Uen ("That Night of the Year of the Tiger and Other Animal Stories")[19]
2021 Siriworn Kaewkan, Defun ("The Story of Defun")[20]

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