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“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” - Philip Pullman

The Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2015

The competition’s main aim is to foster excellence in creativity by providing students with the opportunity to develop their expressive talents and expand their horizons. The awards encourage and recognise excellence in English writing and artwork among students of various age groups, diverse backgrounds and different learning abilities.

Since its inception in 2010, the competition has been a resounding success, with more than 900 innovative entries coming in from 160+ participating schools across Hong Kong, Macau and China in 2014.

All entries should be based on the theme for 2015, New Tales of the Pearl River Delta. The theme chosen for HKWYA 2015 invites students to explore the Pearl River Delta, located in southern China; this is one of the country’s fastest developing and dynamic regions. A melting pot of foreign influence and traditional Chinese culture, the Pearl River Delta is home to the colonial cities of Hong Kong and Macau. Both of these cities are rich in history, allied by a complex fusion of European and Chinese ideas, architecture, and cuisine. Where east meets west, these two ports represent a small but important part of the urban region, which also includes the cities of Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Kaiping.

Winners will be chosen in 18 categories, and one lucky student will be named The Hong Kong Young Writer of 2015.

Exciting opportunities for your students this year

In addition to the Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry and Cover Art we have 2 new categories!

Digital Storytelling Category (Group 7)

This year we are introducing a brand new category called Digital Storytelling. This award invites students in upper secondary school (aged 16-18) to produce short films in the style of either a drama or documentary. We hope to connect with every film studies and media studies teacher in Hong Kong to ensure the largest amount of students gain the recognition they deserve. For more information please request/consult the ‘Digital Storytelling’ brief document.

Digital Publishing with Booktrack

This year Booktrack will be sponsoring the Digital Publishing category. Students are invited to enhance their written pieces through the Booktrack platform by adding music and sound effects. The Digital Publishing category is available for Fiction and Poetry entries.