The author jubilantly spoke about being awarded this honor, saying, “I feel very happy for getting this prize. I feel glad to know that [Myanmar] literature and poetry are achieving recognition.”
He received 70,000 baht in prize money, a certificate signed by Her Royal Highness Princess Siridohn, and an engraved medal for his winning work, entitled “Footprint of Anxiety.”
Maung Sein Win began writing in 1965. His debut novel “How Cruel Mrs. Pearl Is!” was published in 1983. He has published over 90 works over the course of his career.
The S.E.A. Write Award is given to a writer from each of the countries that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, though not all countries in ASEAN are represented every year. This year, the Committee considered Myanmar authorsas potential Award laureates, provided that they were well known in their home country, had published a book of poetry in the last three years, and had their poems translated into English.