Florina Ilis, Nicolae Prelipceanu and Marius Chivu are some of the authors awarded by the Union of Romanian Writers at the gala organised at the Casa Monteoru, the former headquarters of the institution, on Monday. Florina Ilis won the prize in the prose category with the novel ‘Vietile pararele/ Parallel Lives’ (Cartea Româneasca publishers), Nicolae Prelipceanu was the winner in the poetry section with his volume ‘La pierderea sperantei/ Upon Losing Hope’ (Casa de Pariuri Literare), and Marius Chivu won the trophy in the debut section for ‘Vântureasa de plastic’ (Brumar publishers). The winner in the critique/ essay/ literary history category was Mircea Mihaes with ‘Ce ramane. William Faulkner si misterele tinutului Yoknapatawpha/ What’s Left. William Faulkner and the Mysteries if the Yoknapatawpha County’ (Polirom). The winner in the drama category was Radu F. Alexandru with ‘Teatru 7/ Theatre 7’ (Cartea Româneasca). Andrei Plesu received a special award from the Union of Romanian Writers for his volume ‘Parabolele lui Iisus. Adevarul ca poveste/ Parables of Jesus. Truth as a Story’ (Humanitas), and Ion Pop got the USR National Prize. The winner in the translations category was Dinu Luca for the volume ‘Obosit de viata, obosit de moarte/ Tired of Life, Tired of Death’, by Mo Yan (Humanitas Fiction), and the Award of the ‘Andrei Bantas’ Foundation went to Irina Horea for the translation of ‘Miezul verii/ Summertime’ by J.M. Coetzee (Humanitas Fiction). ‘Contraatac terorist/ Terrorist Counter-attack’ by Goran Mrakic (Union of Serbs in Romania), was the recipient of the prize in the category literature in the languages of national minorities.