Is there a theme for the entries?
Can we submit entries in Chinese?
Can students submit more than one entry?
What if we have a Primary and Secondary school division? Do we need to register them separately?
What if we have not received a confirmation email?
Which group would a pupil with different learning abilities be in?
How do we know which group we should be registering in?
Are individual entries allowed?
When is the submission deadline?
When is the awards ceremony?
Where can we get a copy of the anthology?
Who are the judges?
What do we win?
What are the word limits for each category?
What if we miss the deadline due to unforeseen circumstances?
Can I submit writing that has been previously published?
How many entries are we entitled to?
Within the 10 submissions, does that include the cover art?
How should schools select the entries to be submitted to the competition?
What topics should the non-fiction submissions cover?
What criteria will submissions be judged against?
Yes. The theme is New Tales of the Ming Treasure Voyages.
No. All entries must be submitted in English.
No. There is a limit of one literary entry per student.
Yes. You must register for each primary and secondary separately. If you have a primary and secondary sections in your school please register separately indicating on the form whether it is from the primary or secondary section. Within the primary and secondary schools more than one teacher can register and submit. Each registered teacher can submit a total of 10 entries for literary categories. If the entries exceed that we will take the top 10 entries on the entry form.
Please contact us directly at (852) 2201 9712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not heard from us a week after you have registered your school.
There are two HKYWA groups within two age categories that a student with different learning abilities can enter in, please see the
Please refer to the table below to see which group the student belongs to.
Are individual entries allowed?
No. You are only allowed to enter through a registered school in Hong Kong, China and Macau. Your school must register by sending a completed registration form to our email address (email@example.com).
Please send all submissions via email by 6pm (GMT +8) on January 18th, 2019 – Please attach all submissions in word doc format along with a completed submission form to our email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Cover Art Submissions: Please send hard copies of the submissions with their cover sheets and cover art submission form, to: Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2019, PPP Company Limited, Unit 713, Level 7, Core E, Cyberport, Hong Kong. We will confirm receipt of all entries.
Art work will need to be of A3 size portrait and should be submitted in format to the above address.
The submissions process is completed when a notification email is sent to us at hkywa2019ppp.com.hk no later than January 18th, 2019 by 6pm (GMT +8). We must receive the hard copy submissions of Cover Art by this time.
An awards ceremony will be held on 27th March 2019. All children whose entries have been short listed will be invited to attend together with members of their family and a teacher from their school.
All shortlisted schools will be sent a copy of the anthology shortly after the awards ceremony. All shortlisted students will be given a book voucher at the awards ceremony to enable students to collect a copy of the anthology at the event where they can also purchase additional copies for HK$ 100.00. Anthologies will also be available from Bookazine Prince’s Building for a limited time after the book launch.
A panel of judges drawn from educational institutions, published authors, award sponsors and Hong Kong independent publishing houses will select the winning entries.
Winners, one in each of the award categories, will be selected and will receive an award trophy, Bookazine goody bags in addition to having their work published in the anthology. Each shortlisted entrant will receive a certificate of commendation, a sponsored prize from Faber Castell.
There will also be an overall winner given the title Hong Kong Young Writer of the Year 2019.
Unfortunately, to be fair in the judging process all entries must be received by January 18th, 2019. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
No. Only original and non published work may be submitted and by entering the competition you are confirming that to the best of your knowledge, the work is that of the individual it has been attributed to. In the case of the cover art, you are confirming that the work is that of the named individuals.
Each registered teacher should enter 10 pieces of work across all the Literary Award categories. Please be reminded that the categories of Different Learning Abilities are:
for students aged 13 and under and aged 14-18.
No. Schools may submit 20 Cover Art entries per group – Primary division and students with different learning abilities only.
Schools are free to design their own process to select which entries to be submitted for the competition.
All entries should be based on the “New Tales of the Ming Treasure Voyages”.
A detailed set of judging criteria is available at http://www.hkywa.com/about-the-competition/judging-criteria/ .