Theme 2021: Tales from China’s Magical Mountains

All entries should be based on the theme for 2021, Tales from China’s Magical Mountains.   One winner will be chosen in each of the groups, and one lucky student will be named The Hong Kong Young Writer of 2021.

Tales from China’s Magical Mountains

Misty mountains are presented as magical places in stories ranging from The Lord of the Rings to the Avatar movie. Yet many people don’t realize that the concept comes from a real place: the Mountains of the Yellow Emperor in eastern China, now known as Huangshan.

The mountains are breathtakingly beautiful, with their sharp peaks, raised villages and floating clouds. Some of the pine trees are believed to be 1500 years old, and tens of thousands of stone steps may be just as ancient.

A pair of poets, Li Bai and Du Fu, lived on the mountains in the 8th century, and influenced Jack Kerouac and other “beat poets” of 1950s-1960s America.

Even today, the Yellow Mountains are still a huge, mysterious place. Scientists regularly find new species of animals here, and dinosaur bones found in these and other Chinese mountains are the reason that so many stories feature dragons living in secret mountain caves.

What other secrets are there in this district? Why did poets choose to live here? Why does it feel so magical and unearthly? Who lives in the tiny village houses high above the clouds?

Award Categories & Word Limit

Please note that we do not accept submissions directly from students. Students must first submit to their schools, which will then have to choose ten entries to forward to the next round of the contest. Contact the teacher who is in charge of the competition at your school.

Competition Rules

Competition Rules

  1. Only enrolled students within the registered school are allowed to participate in the Hong Kong Young Writers Awards. No individual entries are allowed.
  2. Where appropriate, schools should register their primary and secondary sections separately. Schools may also have multiple registrations completed by individual teachers. Each school must register themselves via email before the registration deadline. Upon registration completion, your school will receive a confirmation email with instructions on the submission process. For further details please go to: https://www.hkywa.com/for_teachers/registration/
  3. For literary categories, each registered teacher can submit a total of 10 entries across the 3 categories. In the Literary Categories works must be submitted with 1” margins all around, single line and word spacing, and typed in 10 point Times New Roman font. The literary works must only feature the title and written text of the students work. There is no need to include headers, footers or page numbers in the original documents.Each student can only submit one literary submission. Co-authored submissions will not be accepted.

    For students with different learning abilities, each registered teacher can submit 10 entries in each of the 6 individual categories for literary work.

  4. We require all literary submissions to be attached to an email and sent to our email address with a completed submission form attached. Emailed submissions are due by the submission deadline Anything received after this date will not be considered. Every piece of literary work must carry the School Name, Student’s Name, Category and Group in the file name, but the file name WILL be edited to facilitate fair judging. For further details please go to: https://www.hkywa.com/for_teachers/all-submission-instructions.
  5. Word limits must be within the specified number of words. Otherwise, entries will be disqualified and P3 will not be responsible for notifying the school if this happens. For further details please go to: https://www.hkywa.com/about-the-competition/word-limits/
  6. There is a separate category for cover art. Only Primary schools can also submit 10 entries in each of the 2 cover art groups. Each student can only submit either literary or cover art entries.
  7. 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 exclusively that of the individual it has been attributed to. No parental involvement is allowed. In the case of the Cover Art work, you are confirming that the work is that of the named individuals. Plagiarism – use of third party works – without written permission from the author will result in disqualification of the entrant and possibly the school.
  8. Entries submitted will not be returned to the author unless requested by the school to P3 in writing to the competition email.
  9. The competition will be judged by a panel of judges. Their decision will be final.
  10. Entries included in the anthology may be lightly edited by the publishers.

If you have an questions or queries, please contact us by using the contact form provided on the website https://www.hkywa.com/contact-us/

FAQs

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?

Is there a theme for the entries?

Yes. To find out more about the theme go to https://www.hkywa.com/about-the-competition/

Can we submit entries in Chinese?

No. All entries must be submitted in English.

Can students submit more than one entry?

No. There is a limit of one literary entry per student.

What if we have a Primary and Secondary school division? Do we need to register them separately?

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 a separate registration form. 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. 

What if we have not received a confirmation email?

Please contact us directly at (852) 2201 9712 or email anise@ppp.com.hk if you have not heard from us a week after you have registered your school.

Which group would a pupil with different learning abilities be in?

There are two HKYWA groups within two age categories that a student with different learning abilities can enter in, please see the

HKYWA Groups and School Year Equivalents table.

How do we know which group we should be registering in?

Please refer to the table below to see which group the student belongs to.

HKYWA Groups and School Year Equivalents table.

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 (provided in the registration instructions).  https://www.hkywa.com/for_teachers/registration/

When is the submission deadline?

Please attach all submissions in word doc format along with a completed submission form to our email address by the submission deadline. For information about the email address and deadline go to https://www.hkywa.com/for_teachers/all-submission-instructions/

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 , 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.

When is the awards ceremony?

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. For more information go to https://www.hkywa.com/awards-ceremony/

Where can we get a copy of the anthology?

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.

Who are the judges?

A panel of  judges drawn from educational institutions, published authors, award sponsors and Hong Kong independent publishing houses will select the winning entries within each category. Our chairman of Judges Mr Nury Vittachi will select the shortlisted entries and the Hong Kong Young Writer of the Year.

What do we win?

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.

What are the word limits for each category?

http://www.hkywa.com/about-the-competition/word-limits/

What if we miss the deadline due to unforeseen circumstances?

Unfortunately, to be fair in the judging process all entries must be received by the deadline. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Can I submit writing that has been previously published?

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.

How many entries are we entitled to?

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.

Within the 10 submissions, does that include the Cover Art?

No. Schools may submit 20 Cover Art entries per group – Primary division and students with different learning abilities only.

How should schools select the entries to be submitted to the competition?

Schools are free to design their own process to select which entries to be submitted for the competition.

What topics should the non-fiction submissions cover?

All entries should be based on the current theme. For more information please go to  https://www.hkywa.com/about-the-competition/”.

What criteria will submissions be judged against?

A detailed set of judging criteria is available at http://www.hkywa.com/about-the-competition/judging-criteria/ .

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

1. Hong Kong Young Writers Awards is organised by Playtimes: Unit 713, Level 7, Core E, Cyberport 3, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport, Hong Kong. Playtimes has the right to alter the Competition and Competition Rules or make exceptions without any prior notice.
2. No entry fee is required.
3. Playtimes reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason, but in particular if any of the Competition Rules have been broken or if the material supplied is offensive, with violent content or illegal.
4. Playtimes will not be responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, loss, defect, delay, theft, alteration, or any other problem arising in the submission of entries.
5. By entering the Hong Kong Young Writer Awards, you give Playtimes permission to contact you with regard to the competition and to reprint your submissions in any publication relating to the competition and in any material published by Playtimes.
6.Playtimes retains the rights to any publicity or marketing activity, which they deem necessary to promote either the Competition or its Entrants, their Entries, the Competition Sponsors and Playtimes themselves. Entrants agree to participate in any reasonable request byPlaytimes to fulfil marketing obligations relating to the Competition and their own Entry.
7. Playtimes will not distribute any material relating to the Entries or the Entrants themselves other than to Playtimes’s judging panels and readers, their own staff and to the Media set out in clause 6.
8. No personal data relating to the Entrants will be disclosed to any third party without the express permission of the Entrants.
9. The competition will be judged by a panel of judges. The judges may withhold some or all of the awards when the submissions are not of notable quality. In the event of a tie, the award will be shared. The judge’s decisions will be final.
10. Playtimes reserves the right to lightly edit the entries included in the anthology.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact us using the contact form https://www.hkywa.com/contact-us/

HKYWA Groups and School Year Equivalents

HKYWA Groups and School Year Equivalents

The HKYWA groups and school equivalents are listed below:

Division

School Year Equivalents HKYWA Groups
Primary Year 1-3 Primary 1-3

Group 1

Year 4-6

Primary 4-6 Group 2

Secondary

Year 7-9

Form 1-3

Group 3

Year 10-11

Form 4-5

Group 4

Year 12-13 Form 6

Group 5

Schools

Age Group

HKYWA Group

Different Learning Abilities

Age 13 and under

Group 6

Different Learning Abilities

Age 14-18

Group 7

For literary categories, each registered teacher can submit a total of 10 entries across the 3 categories.

For students with different learning abilities, each registered teacher can submit 10 entries in each of the 6 individual categories for literary work.

There is a separate category for cover art. Only Primary schools can also submit 10 entries in each of the 2 cover art groups. Each student can only submit either literary or cover art entries.

Posters

Submission Instructions – Primary

Submission Instructions – Written – jpeg

Submission Instructions – Written – pdf

Submission Instructions – Cover Art – jpeg

Submission Instructions – Cover Art – pdf

Click here to download submission forms

Registered Schools HKYWA 2021

School Name Primary/ Secondary Teacher Full Name
Canadian International School Primary Mr Ian Casey
Canadian International School of Hong Kong Secondary Ms Stephanie Young
Chinese International School Primary Ms Jennifer Hsieh
Chinese International School Primary Ms Christina Lapidge
Chinese International School Secondary Ms Clara Tang
Ching Chung Hau Po Woon Primary School Primary Miss Siu Yau Ying
Christian Alliance S C Chan Memorial College Secondary Mr Abas Khan
Diocesan Boys’ School Secondary Mr Jonathan Cheung
Diocesan Girls’ School Secondary Ms Shirley Yap
Diocesan Girls’ School Secondary Miss Radhika Ahuja
Diocesan Girls’ School Secondary Miss Pearl Sun
Diocesan Girls’ School Secondary Miss Kaisa Tengvall
Diocesan Girls’ School Secondary Mrs Anna Coles Gale
Discovery Bay International School Primary Mrs Rachel Anne Ashcroft
Discovery College Secondary Mrs Fiona Tate
Discovery Mind Primary School Primary Mrs. Holly Seirinakis
Discovery Mind Primary School Primary Mrs Hannah Simpson
Discovery Mind Primary School Primary Mrs Holly Seirinakis
Discovery Mind Primary School Primary Mrs Hannah Simpson
Fukien Secondary School Affiliated School Primary Miss Krysta Leung
German Swiss International School Secondary Mr Brendan Peter Ghazavi-Gill
Glenealy School (Hong Kong) Primary Mr Chris Angelosante
Good Hope School Secondary Mr Andy Au
Harrow International School Hong Kong Secondary Mr Dominic Rapley
Harrow International School Hong Kong Secondary Ms Harriet Lennard
Harrow International School Hong Kong Primary Mr Alex O’Connor
Harrow School Hong Kong Primary Miss Serena Clark
Heep Yunn School Secondary Miss CHU Wing Chi
HKCCCU Logos Academy Secondary Mr Daniel Ng
HKUGA College Secondary Ms Vivien Choy
Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated Secondary and Primary School Primary Mrs Winnie Pradhan
Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated Secondary and Primary School Primary Ms Alice Lam
Hong Kong International School (HKIS) Secondary (Middle School) Ms Weda Bory
ICHK Kindergarten and Primay Primary Mrs Charlie Beard
Immaculate Heart of Mary College Secondary Sister M. Francis Lee
International College Hong Kong Secondary Ms Victoria Lee
International College Hong Kong Secondary Mr Richard Barnes
International College Hong Kong Secondary Ms Alyson Donaldson
International School of Beijing Secondary Mr John Lemley
International School of Beijing Secondary Mrs Jessica Levitt
Island Christian Academy Primary Miss Eleanor Cowling
Island Christian Academy Secondary Miss Eleanor Cowling
Island School Secondary Ms Teresa Dent
Island School Secondary Ms Emily Norton
Island School Secondary Ms Beth Hall
Island School Secondary Mr Gary Corlett
Island School Secondary Mr Tom Peel
Island School Secondary Ms Jessica De Borja
Island School Secondary Ms Mary Lacey-Vittachi
Island School Secondary Ms Andrea Walsh
Island School Secondary Mr Clayton Heggie
Island School Secondary Mr Eugene Calver
Island School Secondary Ms Sarah Jolly
Island School Secondary Ms Libby Bentham
Island School Secondary Ms Teri Eves
Island School Secondary Ms Sonia Sharma
Island School Secondary Mr Paul Atkinson
Island School Secondary Mr Danny Nason
Island School Secondary Mr Tom Grigg
Island School Secondary Ms Kylie Ayson
Kau Yan School Primary Ms Shum Chi Wing Natalie
Kau Yan School Primary MsWendy Lau
King George V School Secondary SEN Ms Jasmine Gregory
King George v School Secondary Ms Akina Lam
Lingnan University Alumni Association (HK) Primary School Primary Mr Adrian Lau
Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section) Secondary Mr Aaron Chan
Marymount Primary School Primary Ms Claudia Tsang
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Mrs Avril Wong
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Ms Lauren Minnie
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Ms Rebecca Martyn
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Miss Sheela Ganesh
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Miss Katherine Ko
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Miss Caroline Li
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Mrs Kitty Leung
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Miss Manishya Mandal
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Miss Joyce Chan
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Miss Erin Luppnow
Marymount Secondary School Secondary Miss Susanne Mo
Po Leung Kuk Camoes Tan Siu Lin Primary School Primary Ms Ivy Wong
Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School Secondary Ms Joee Wong
Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School Secondary Mr Adam Stengel
Po Leung Kuk Hong Kong Taoist Association Yuen Yuen Primary School Primary Ms Zoe Lai
Po Leung Kuk Hong Kong Taoist Association Yuen Yuen Primary School Primary Ms Sharon Lin
Po Leung Kuk Hong Kong Taoist Association Yuen Yuen Primary School Primary Ms Liza Lam
Pui Kiu College Secondary Ms Yuen Julie Yin Ying
Quarry Bay School Primary Mrs Mohua Jacob
Quarry Bay School Primary Mr Sebastian Stones
Regents Primary School of Shenzhen Primary Ms Law Ho Ki
Sacred Heart Canossian College Secondary Ms Wanda Yiu
School of the Nations Primary Mr Daniel McGough
Sha Tin College Secondary Ms Alex Daw
Sha Tin College Secondary Ms Lindsay Tandy
Sha Tin Junior School Primary Miss Trudy McMillin
Shanghai American School Pudong Campus Secondary Mr Michael McAdam
Shanghai United International School Wanyuan Campus Primary Miss Christelle Delport
Shanghai United International School- WanYuan Campus Primary Ms Corynn O’Brien
Shanghai United International School- WanYuan Campus Primary Mr Jordan Payne
Singapore International School (Hong Kong) Primary Mr David Cooper
Singapore International School Hong Kong Primary Mr Jason Hill
Singapore International School, Hong Kong Secondary Ms Laura Hill
South Island School Secondary Ms Felicity Percival
South Island School Secondary Mr Alex Stirling Reed
South Island School Secondary Miss Georgia Noonan
South Island School Secondary Miss Simone Redman
South Island School Secondary Mr Corey Gaston
South Island School Secondary Mr Jonathan Cotterill
South Island School Secondary Mrs Fran Crouch
South Island School Secondary Mrs Alison Kade
South Island School Secondary Miss Sonia Clark
South Island School Secondary Mrs Anne Henderson
South Island School Secondary Mrs Alice Mumby
South Island School Secondary Mrs Anna Foster
South Island School Secondary Ms Nicola Bosson
St Margaret’s Co-Educational English Secondary & Primary School Secondary Mr William Mcveigh
St Margaret’s Co-Educational English Secondary & Primary School Seconday Mr William Mcveigh
St Margaret’s Coeducational English Secondary and Primary School Primary Mr John Martin
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Dr Rashmi Sahi
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Geetu Vashishta
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Rennuka Gurung
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Yolanda Chong
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Genevieve Clayton
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Alexandra Elfring
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Jeana Casady
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Jennifer Tey
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Kristina Grogan
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Jodi Bloem
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Mr Stefano Hollis
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Sabrina Landegger
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Valeriya Paliy
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Mr Jacques Smit
St Stephen’s College Preparatory School Primary Ms Lara Walsh
St. Francis Xavier’s College Secondary Mr Kevin Thomas Rey
St. Joseph’s College Secondary Ms Windsor Pang
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Miss Shirley Chan
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Mr Nelson Wong
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Ms Rita Fok
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Ms C Lee
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Ms Christie Ling
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Ms Vivian Tong
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Mrs V Au Yeung
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Mrs Sue Diskin
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Mrs P Chan
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Mrs S Ho
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Mrs R Nandwani
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Ms M. da Luz
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Mr Neil Maxwell
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Mrs Catherine Li
St. Paul’s Convent School Secondary Miss Sh Chan
St. Stephen’s Girls’ College Secondary Ms Stephanie Lewis
St. Stephen’s Girls’ College Secondary Ms Ginnevere TW Chan
St.Mary’s Canossian College Secondary Ms Maggie Lee
SUIS Shanghai United International School Wanyuan Campus Primary Mr Oluseyi Peter Nicholas Jackson
Tai Po Old Market Public School Primary Miss Michelle Wong
Tai Po Old Market Public School Primary Miss Sharon Law
The Chinese Foundation Secondary School Secondary Mr Nigel Gurr
The Independent Schools Foundation Academy Primary Ms Robyn O’Shea
The Independent Schools Foundation Academy Secondary Ms Robyn O’Shea
The Independent Schools Foundation Academy Primary Mrs Kristine Stosak
Victoria Shanghai Academy Primary Mr Brett Healey
Victoria Shanghai Academy Primary Ms Nicole Wilson
Victoria Shanghai Academy Primary Mr Ian Hall
Victoria Shanghai Academy Primary Mr Ronald Milne
Victoria Shanghai Academy Primary Ms Meggie Lee
Victoria Shanghai Academy Primary Ms Sadie Brookes
Victoria Shanghai Academy Primary Ms Kate Tollitt
Victoria Shanghai Academy Primary Mrs Nicki Taylor
Wellington College Shanghai Secondary Mr Samuel Lane
Wellington International College Shanghai Secondary Mrs Fiona Stewart
Wellington International College Shanghai Primary Mrs Fiona Stewart
Wellington International College Shanghai Primary Mrs Fiona Stewart
Yew Chung International School Hong Kong Primary Mrs Anna Lai
Yew Chung International School Hong Kong Primary Mrs Heather Cogbill
Ying Wa Primary School Primary Dr Peter Lee
YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College Secondary Mr M.D.Clemenson

Judging Criteria

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