Lam Dong (VNA) –  “Nhung giot nhua” (The resin), a short story by Ho Pham Quynh Mai, 18 years-old, from Thang Long High School for the Gifted in Da Lat city, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, won first prize at the Young Award-Alexandre Yersin French writing contest.

Her excellent French and entertaining tale brought Mai the top prize with her first entry to the event. Her story touches on themes like confidence and hope as well as humanity’s interaction with nature.

Young Award-Alexandre Yersin is an annual award given to Vietnamese students of French who are under 25. Contestants have to write short stories in French.

The competition was first held in 2013 by the Le Liseron Organisation to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and France. It aims to attract the participation of Vietnamese youth who are keen on literature, and to enhance the understanding of Vietnamese youth about French culture.

Le Liseron is a French charity organisation established in 1999 by French people who have deep affection for Vietnamese culture and people. It has implemented several programmes and projects to support poor and disadvantaged people in Viet Nam.-VNA