SHKP & Joint Publishing stage Third Young Writers’ Debut Competition Judges talk about creativity

28 Dec 2010


SHKP Book Club and Joint Publishing are staging a third Young Writers’ Debut competition to give young authors a chance to have their books published.  A recent My Creative Experience seminar had the competition judges Peter Dunn, Chan Wai and Yu Yat-yiu, also seasoned creative professionals, talking to prospective entrants.  Close to 100 people attended to learn more creative writing.


Don’t wait


City Magazine joint founder and writer Peter Dunn was one of the judges at the seminar.  He started writing in his early teens with film reviews.  When asked about how to get started, he told the audience to stop waiting and go ahead.  Another creative professional – People Mountain People Sea member and music producer Yu Yat-yiu – agreed that people interested in creative work should take the initiative to do what they want.  Yu said he feels satisfied when he writes scripts and songs that translate feelings into words and music.


Open creative window


Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts lecturer and writer Chan Wai describes herself as a story teller.  She said: “Being creative opens a window so I can express myself artistically.”  She thinks she is lucky to have the gift to be able to express what she thinks and feels with words.  She said that creative work is not only about the individual, it also touches others and adds to the world.


Commitment needed


While it isn’t easy to provide tips on winning a contest, Chan believes it is important to enjoy doing creative work.  It requires passion to write and examine oneself constantly during the process.  The first thing Chan does everyday is to review and remove the unnecessary text in her work.  For instance, she writes 1,800 words before trimming it down to 1,000.  Yu and Chan both said that doing creative work requires commitment.  Like athletes and musicians, writers practice each day to sharpen their skills.


The judges at the seminar had their own views on creative work, but all agreed it is important to balance information, fun and meaning.  A personal involvement is needed to move readers.  Being creative is hard work, but even if it isn’t published it gives a sense of achievement.


The Young Writers’ Debut competition will help aspiring authors born after the 1970s make their creative debut, and the winning books will be widely promoted and distributed.  The contest judges have experience in different creative fields and will give contestants one-on-one coaching as they write their first books.


The judges will be Peter Dunn, Thumb Magazine editor and writer Victor Hui, Commercial Radio Hong Kong strategic planning director Vincent Wong, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts lecturer and writer Chan Wai, Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts School lecturer and cartoonist Justin Wong, Yu Yat-yiu and film director Stanley Kwan.


The theme of the competition is ‘life’.  Entries should be in Chinese in any format.  Ten to 16 contestants will be shortlisted and receive coaching, and each will receive HK$3,000 in cash and HK$2,000 in book coupons.


The judges will select the best five to eight writers who will be offered contracts with Joint Publishing.  The books will debut at the Hong Kong Book Fair in July next year with an initial print run of at least 1,000 copies.  They will be distributed via major bookstores in Hong Kong and southeast Asia and the authors will collect royalties from sales.  The deadline for entries has been extended to December 31, 2010.  Seewww.shkpbookclub.com/youngwriters3 or call 2511 3248 for details.
SHKP & Joint Publishing stage Third Young Writers’ Debut Competition Judges talk about creativity

28 Dec 2010







SHKP Book Club and Joint Publishing are staging a third Young Writers’ Debut competition to give young authors a chance to have their books published.  A recent My Creative Experience seminar had the competition judges Peter Dunn, Chan Wai and Yu Yat-yiu, also seasoned creative professionals, talking to prospective entrants.  Close to 100 people attended to learn more creative writing.


Don’t wait


City Magazine joint founder and writer Peter Dunn was one of the judges at the seminar.  He started writing in his early teens with film reviews.  When asked about how to get started, he told the audience to stop waiting and go ahead.  Another creative professional – People Mountain People Sea member and music producer Yu Yat-yiu – agreed that people interested in creative work should take the initiative to do what they want.  Yu said he feels satisfied when he writes scripts and songs that translate feelings into words and music.


Open creative window


Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts lecturer and writer Chan Wai describes herself as a story teller.  She said: “Being creative opens a window so I can express myself artistically.”  She thinks she is lucky to have the gift to be able to express what she thinks and feels with words.  She said that creative work is not only about the individual, it also touches others and adds to the world.


Commitment needed


While it isn’t easy to provide tips on winning a contest, Chan believes it is important to enjoy doing creative work.  It requires passion to write and examine oneself constantly during the process.  The first thing Chan does everyday is to review and remove the unnecessary text in her work.  For instance, she writes 1,800 words before trimming it down to 1,000.  Yu and Chan both said that doing creative work requires commitment.  Like athletes and musicians, writers practice each day to sharpen their skills.


The judges at the seminar had their own views on creative work, but all agreed it is important to balance information, fun and meaning.  A personal involvement is needed to move readers.  Being creative is hard work, but even if it isn’t published it gives a sense of achievement.


The Young Writers’ Debut competition will help aspiring authors born after the 1970s make their creative debut, and the winning books will be widely promoted and distributed.  The contest judges have experience in different creative fields and will give contestants one-on-one coaching as they write their first books.


The judges will be Peter Dunn, Thumb Magazine editor and writer Victor Hui, Commercial Radio Hong Kong strategic planning director Vincent Wong, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts lecturer and writer Chan Wai, Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts School lecturer and cartoonist Justin Wong, Yu Yat-yiu and film director Stanley Kwan.


The theme of the competition is ‘life’.  Entries should be in Chinese in any format.  Ten to 16 contestants will be shortlisted and receive coaching, and each will receive HK$3,000 in cash and HK$2,000 in book coupons.


The judges will select the best five to eight writers who will be offered contracts with Joint Publishing.  The books will debut at the Hong Kong Book Fair in July next year with an initial print run of at least 1,000 copies.  They will be distributed via major bookstores in Hong Kong and southeast Asia and the authors will collect royalties from sales.  The deadline for entries has been extended to December 31, 2010.  Seewww.shkpbookclub.com/youngwriters3 or call 2511 3248 for details.