HKBU announced the winner of the 7th Dream of the Red Chamber Award: The World's Distinguished Novel in Chinese today (17 July).

The prize went to History through Words by Mr Liu Qing from Mainland China. The award presentation ceremony will be held in September.

Born in Jilin Province, China, Mr Liu Qing is the publisher and chief editor of the Huashang Morning News Agency. He started writing poems in 1987 and published his first novel in 1998. Since then, he has written a number of award-winning novels. Published in 2017, History through Words has won several literature awards in Mainland China.

The judges also proposed the Green Cicada by Lian Mingwei and Longing for the Spring Wind by Ge Fei for the Jury Award. The Strange Bedfellows by Liu Zhenyun, Yesterday's Rain by Wang Dingguo and A Single Swallow by Zhang Ling were Highly Recommended by the judging panel.

The final judging panel comprises Professor Michael Berry of University of California, Los Angeles; Professor Chen Sihe of Fudan University; Professor Chen I-chih of National Taiwan Normal University; Professor Huang Ziping, Honorary Professor of HKBU; Professor Yan Lianke, winner of the 6th Dream of the Red Chamber Award for his novel Death of the Sun, and Professor Chung Ling, Emeritus Professor of HKBU.

Launched by HKBU's Faculty of Arts in 2006, The Dream of the Red Chamber Award is organised every two years. It aims to encourage the publication of excellent Chinese novels worldwide and to recognise outstanding Chinese novels by writers from around the world to enhance the standard of Chinese novel writing. The award recipient receives a cash award of HK$300,000. For details on the Award, please visit http://redchamber.hkbu.edu.hk.