The Hong Kong Young Writers Awards

Dear Principals, Teachers, Librarians, Parents and Students,

Thank you for your tremendous support for the Hong Kong Young Writers’ Award.

We’ve always said that the quality of the work that this award inspires has been extraordinary, and this year is a case in point. Some of the literary writing, in particular, would be impressive coming from adults, let alone from young people.

Clearly, we cannot organize our usual large gathering this year, nor do we want to put a strain on the printing and logistics industries.

Yet we do not want the students’ work to be wasted, nor do we want their achievements to go unrecognized. So we are writing to tell you what we are doing to resolve this.

  •    The judges have done their work, and their findings will be printed in the online edition of Playtimes magazine, Hong Kong’s leading parenting publication.
  •    Certificates for the winners will be sent electronically to the winning schools.
  •    The students’ work will be placed in an online anthology at the Hong Kong Young Writers Award website shortly, please check our social media pages for an update.
  •     The students who won titles, been short-listed, will be  in the online anthology.
  •     A joint awards ceremony, celebrating this year’s winners and next year’s, will take place in 2021, so that the winning children will get their moment on the stage and in the spotlight.

Again, thank you so much for your participation and support for this award.

Warmest wishes,

Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2020 Team


We invite your students to enter the Hong Kong Young Writers Award!

Year-upon-year, we are continually amazed by the research and thought that goes into each child’s work and we are positive this year we will continue to see some truly amazing entries.

Once again, the awards are being organised by Playtimes, one of Asia’s leading parenting and lifestyle magazines.   ​​

Since the entries for the competition and the workload to organize this amazing event are growing in a fast speed we decided to create a non-profit organization – YOUTH LITERATURE FOUNDATION – that will take care of this. For more information on the organization please go to

The Hong Kong Young Writers Awards (HKYWA) is an annual competition and fantastic opportunity for aspiring writers to showcase their talents and creativity.  Our entry categories are in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and cover art.

Over the years, the awards have been sponsored by Search Group, SCAD, Cyberport, Faber-Castell, Bookazine, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, International New York Times, Techni Photo, Plus Group, El Charro, Delaney’s, Shamrock Catering and Asia Exhibits House

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, aged from 6-18, of various age groups, diverse backgrounds and different learning abilities. Since its inception in 2010, the competition has been a resounding success, with over 1,000 entries coming in from approximately 200 participating schools across Hong Kong, Macau and China in 2019.

All entries should be based on the theme for 2019, New Tales of the Ming Treasure Voyages.   One winner will be chosen in each of the groups, and one lucky student will be named The Hong Kong Young Writer of the Year.

Future Adventures of the Greater Bay Area

Welcome to a whole new world

Imagine someone launched a brand new “sort of” country and your home was in it!

It’s a pretty exciting thought, right? And it’s really happening. Government leaders in this part of the world have plans to launch what they call the GBA, which stands for Greater Bay Area, including southern China, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Of course it won’t technically be a country. But it will be a new area of the world with boundaries, so it will feel like a new, fresh place.

The new region will have more land than Switzerland, more people than Canada, and will contain more business activity than the whole of Australia.

The GBA doesn’t have a name yet. Some people suggested Cantonesia, because that’s the main language.

What would life be like in a place that tries to blend what’s best about mainland China, with what’s best about Hong Kong and what’s best about Macau?