The Hong Kong Young Writers Awards

Dear Principals, Teachers, Librarians, Parents and Students,

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, Max and Mei, Nury Vittachi 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 1,200+ entries coming in from approximately 200 participating schools across Hong Kong, Macau and China in 2021.

All entries should be based on the theme for 2022, Tales from the Mogao Grottoes.   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.

New Tales from the Mogao Grottoes

More than one and half millennia ago, a monk decided there was something special about a cave he found at an oasis in the desert on the Silk Road in China.

Over the centuries, thousands of pilgrims arrived and decided to stay, digging more caves, and spending their time creating sacred art and literature.

But time passed, and more than 1000 years later, travellers started taking other routes. The Mogao Caves in the Dunhuang district of Gansu province in west central China were forgotten, becoming little more than a dusty legend.

Then, in the 1900s, local and international scholar-explorers rediscovered the caves. They gradually unlocked its breathtaking secrets. There were hundreds of caverns containing some of the world’s finest paintings, sculpture, and literature—including the oldest dated, printed book in the world.

It was like a tunnel to a lost world in the past, scholars said.

What other secrets are hidden there? Whose stories can be found in this treasure house from so long ago? What can the tale of the Mogao Caves teach us?