The top winner is 34-year-old Zhang Jiajia, writer and playwright who soared to fame with a collection of short stories that is circulated widely and known for its soothing power for young readers struggling to find their place in society: China Daily

The richest Chinese writer reaped 19.5 million yuan ($3.14 million) in royalty gains in 2014, as the China Writers Rich List was launched on Dec 20 in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

According to the list, 50 Chinese writers have gained more than 1 million yuan in royalties from their works in print.

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Chinese author Yang Zewei
Chinese author Yang Zewei

Chinese writers under 30 are stepping into the limelight with the New Wave series released in June.

Bai Ye, a literary critic who has traced the post-1980 generation for more than 10 years, spoke at the book launch, praising the young writers’ works.

“I used to worry that they would never come of age,” he says. “I don’t have that worry anymore.”

The series consists of three novels. There Is Nothing Like a Cat looks at urban relationships from the eyes of a cat; Bian Wai talks about a young man’s aspirations to work in the bureaucratic system; and Qing Ci depicts a tormented and out-of-control love life.