We invite your students to enter the 10th anniversary competition of 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 I’m 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.   ​​

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, International New York Times, Techni Photo, Print Plus, 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 2018.

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 2019.

New Tales of the Ming Treasure Voyages

Pirates usually travel the seas looking for gold to steal.

But in the early 1400s, a fleet of ships set sail from China which did the exact opposite!

It carried cargoes of gold and silk and other precious items for the captain and the sailors to give away as gifts.

There were seven voyages by the Ming Treasure Fleet—and the people on board had many adventures.

Sometimes they met peaceful people and did give away the wonderful presents they had brought from the Emperor, making new relationships with a variety of countries.

On other occasions, they had to fight battles with hostile armies, or deal with nasty pirates of the more usual sort. Luckily, the ships also carried military forces and weapons.

But this group of travellers also did something wonderful: they won for themselves a place in history as some of the first great explorers of planet Earth, reaching India and Africa and Arabia. Historians looking back say China truly “ruled the seas” in those days.

What sort of adventures do you think they had? What would it be like to have been a young person on such a journey?

What sort of jobs would have to be done on the ship, and what sights would you see that you would remember forever?

We hope this rich topic will get the imaginations of young writers’ floating into whole new waters!

Please note that we do not accept submissions directly from students. Students must first submit to their teachers, who will then have to choose 10 entries to forward to the next round of the contest.

You can print out the registration and submission instructions below or view them online.

Invite to register letter

Registration Instructions

Forms to Download

Submission Instructions Primary

Submission Instructions Secondary