A panel of  judges drawn from educational institutions, published authors and Hong Kong independent publishing houses will select the winning entries.

School and student names will be removed from all the entries submitted to the judges so that the judging process is fair.

All entries will be judged against the following criteria for each category detailed below:

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Different Learning Abilities:

Fiction and Poetry Judging Criteria

We look for imagination:

Has the writer created living, breathing characters in a compelling story line? 50 per cent.

We look for originality:

While we allow children to use popular children’s literature scenarios, such as school stories, pony stories, fairy stories, and so on, we still ask: does the story feel new, fresh and unexpected? 50 per cent.

Non-Fiction Judging Criteria

We look for factual accuracy:

Does the literary piece demonstrate thorough and accurate research? Are all the facts representative of history and actual events? 80 per cent.

We look for originality:

Is the literary piece original and convey the author’s message? 20 per cent.

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All Other Groups:

Fiction Judging Criteria

We look for imagination:

Has the writer created living, breathing characters in a compelling storyline? Does the tale wrap up its plot threads in a satisfying way? 20 per cent.

We look for verbal skills:

Is the text interesting, thoughtful, and appropriate, showing good judgment in the choice of words and development of the plot? 20 per cent.

We look for originality:

While we allow children to use popular children’s literature scenarios, such as school stories, pony stories, fairy stories, and so on, we still ask: does the story feel new, fresh and unexpected? 15 per cent.

We look for style:

Does the writer have a distinctive voice, a consistent tone, and palpable confidence in the way his or her material is delivered? 10 per cent.

We look for technical accuracy:

Has the writer shown that she / he has paid attention to spelling, punctuation, grammar and related items? Have the guidelines on word length and similar factors been followed? 15 per cent.

We look for intangible magic:

Since good short stories are always greater than the sum of their parts, we examine the overall reading experience: was it enjoyable, transformative, memorable? 20 per cent.

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Non-Fiction Judging Criteria

We look for the development of ideas:

Has the writer detailed a main and central idea that is fully articulated? Are the ideas developed thoroughly and presented meaningfully? 20 per cent.

We look for factual accuracy:

Does the literary piece demonstrate thorough and accurate research? Are all the facts representative of history and actual events? 20 per cent.

We look for verbal skills:

Does the writer use interesting, thoughtful and appropriate text? Is excellent word choice used which precisely conveys the author’s meaning? 20 per cent.

We look for organisation:

Has the writer shown a progression of thought in a clear and logical way? Does the organisation of the literary piece enhance the author’s message?  15 per cent.

We look for originality:

Is the literary piece original and convey the author’s message in a refreshing way? 15 per cent.

We look for technical accuracy:

Has the writer shown that she / he has paid attention to spelling, punctuation, grammar and related items? Have the guidelines on word length and similar factors been followed? 15 per cent.

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Poetry Judging Criteria

We look for originality:

Is the poem interesting? Has the poet taken mundane items and created something new from them? Does the poem have a distinct narrative, descriptive or thematic thrust? 15 per cent.

We look for language:

Has the writer used rich, vivid and evocative language? Are nouns and verbs used distinctively to create a poetic effect?  20 per cent.

We look for poetic techniques:

Has the writer used poetic techniques to effectively reinforce the theme? 20 per cent.

We look for style:

Does the writer have a distinctive voice, a consistent tone, and palpable confidence in the way his or her material is delivered? 10 per cent.

We look for technical accuracy:

Has the writer shown that she / he has paid attention to spelling, punctuation, grammar and related items? Have the guidelines on word length and similar factors been followed? 15 per cent.

We look for intangible magic:

Since good poems are always greater than the sum of their parts, we examine the overall reading experience: was it enjoyable, transformative, memorable? Does the reader feel compelled to share to poem with others? 20 per cent.

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Cover Art Criteria

We look for inspiration:

Is the art work influenced by an artist or particular style? Is the artwork original? 25 per cent.

We look for concept:

Does the art work adhere to the theme “New Tales of the Gobi Desert”? How effectively does the piece represent this region? 25 per cent.

We look for technique:

Does the art work show a consistent approach and technique? How effectively does the artist make use of this style? 25 per cent.

We look for audience appeal:

How well does the work appeal to the target audience – children aged 6–16?

How does it compare alongside the other art submissions received?

25 per cent.

by Nury Vittachi, P3 Publishing and City University of Hong Kong, May 2016

Digital Story Telling Criteria

Please feel free to give partial points Max Points
Artistic Vision 20 Shots are poorly composed or repetitive. There is no sense of unity amongst scenes or in the film’s aesthetics. Actors are not believable. Music choice is inappropriate for the corresponding scene or feel of the film. Shots are composed adequately. There is some sense of unity throughout the film. Actors are somewhat believable. Music is mostly appropriate for the corresponding scene and emotion of the film. Shots are composed well. There is a sense of unity between scenes. Actors are believable. Music appropriate and evokes the correct emotions for the scene. Shots are composed in a meaningful manner that works with the narrative. There is a strong sense of unity in the film that cohesively ties together all of the individual scenes. Actors become the role they are playing. The music selected evokes and heightens the emotions of the film.
Narrative 20 Story fails to engage audience. Story is completely disjointed and does not flow in a meaningful manner. The story engages audience somewhat. It flows uncomfortably and follows some meaningful train of thought. Story is engaging and flows smoothly enough. The story keeps audience enthralled and wanting more all throughout the film. The very flow of the film is well constructed and engaging, which helps build up the film’s plot.
Technical Knowledge 15 Footage is grainy and noisy. Audio is poor. Segues between shots are not smooth. Visual effects are distracting or do not add value to the film. Footage is clear. Audio is audible. Segues are fairly smooth. Visual effects are interesting and add some value to the film. Footage is clear and crisp. Audio is clear. Segues between shots are smooth and logical. Visual effects fit perfectly with the overall film and heighten narrative.
Economy 15 Vital information is not given enough importance and the viewer is presented with unnecessary information. Film goes over the time limit or does not make optimum use of the time allotted. An appropriate amount and quality of information is presented to the audience. Some information clutter is present but does not distract the audience. Nothing is wasted. Every action and line is well-thought of and concise. Film maker maximizes the value of the time given.
Style 10 Style is derivative and uninteresting. Style is unique and showcases what the team is capable of achieving.
Impact 20 Overall impact of the film is wanting or immemorial. The film was not emotionally stimulating. The film is somewhat enjoyable. The film is generally enjoyable and has its memorable moments. Film creates an excellent and lasting first impression. The audience remembers the film’s feel and highlights even after the credits have rolled.