Liu Yudong, a member of China’s Han ethnic group, was born in the province of Qizhouwu Village, in Qingyun County, Shandong Province, in 1971. After graduating high school in 1989, he began working in the city of Jinan in Shandong. He also started writing around this time. Liu’s works were first published in 1992, and in 1993 he began making his first steps into China’s literary community. In 1995, he became a literary editor. He is a member of the China Writers Association, a committee member of the Shandong Writers Association, and an editor of Contemporary Fiction, a magazine affiliated with the Jinan Federation of Literature and Art. He is the director of the Jinan Federation of Literature and Art Studio. In 2002, he participated in the first advanced study group for young authors held by the Lu Xun Literary Institute. Liu has been officially ranked a “Level Two” writer of literature in China. In 2002, he joined the China Writers Association.
Liu’s writing career has spanned more than a decade. During this time, over a million characters of his written works has been published in People’s Literature and October. His writing has also been reprinted multiple times in Fiction Monthly, Selected Fiction, Selected Novellas, and Selected Novels. Liu’s works have also been included in various literary collections. His short stories Gei Malan Gugu Ya Che (Escorting the Dowry for Auntie Malan), Xingfu De Yi Tian (One Happy Day) were twice selected for inclusion in the Chinese Fiction Association-curated China Fiction Chart. In 2002, his novella Wo Men Fen Dao Le Tudi (We Divided Up the Land) won the first-ever Qilu Literary Award. In 2005, his short story Gei Malan Gugu Ya Che (Escorting the Dowry for Auntie Malan) was awarded the second Qilu Literary Award. His novel Nian Ri Ru Cao (Days Like Grass) was awarded the second Mount Tai Literary Award. In 2015, his children’s novel Ni Haizi (Mud Child) was awarded the first Bronze Sunflower Children’s Fiction Award. In 2010 he was named a “cultural star of Shandong.”