A play written by Carmel Mallia in the international language Esperanto, entitled Najbaroj (Neighbours), won first prize in a drama competition held annually by the Universal Esperano Association. The announcement was made at the Universal Esperanto Congress held in Hanoi, Vietnam, last week. Dr Mallia, a member of the Esperanto Academy, has won various prizes in this competition in previous years with poems and essays in Esperanto.