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 organise 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, Friday Everyday 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 2023.

All entries should be based on the theme for 2023, New Tales of China’s Inventions.   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 of China’s Inventions

Most people know that paper and gunpowder were invented in ancient China, but don’t realise that so were many other things we use today, from noodles to ketchup. The Chinese tried out different economic systems and invented the first paper money more than 1000 years ago. The compass was developed over many centuries.

Even more amazing is the fact that 25 centuries ago, they found natural gas and used bamboo to pipe it to villages, creating the sort of energy distribution system most people think of as a modern invention. They also invented toilet paper—although it was several centuries after toilets appeared! And while gunpowder was used for peaceful purposes such as the creation of fireworks, they later developed missiles too.

But Chinese creativity is not just a thing of the past. Video-sharing websites are copying the style of China’s Tiktok, social media platforms are trying to be like WeChat, and China has become the world leader in making solar panels, planting new forests, and creating electric cars.

Will you be inspired to write about Chinese inventors of the past? Or would you prefer to speculate on what new inventions might appear today or in the near future? Let your imagination soar!