Fourth Young Writers’ Debut Competition extended to mainland High-profile judges at Shanghai IFC press event and seminar

27 Aug 2012


Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) and Joint Publishing announced the fourth Young Writers’ Debut Competition in a press conference at Shanghai IFC recently. It has been extended to the mainland this year to develop more talented young authors and promote creativity and reading on a wider scale. Eight Hong Kong and mainland creative professionals and veteran writers will offer individual coaching to shortlisted contestants.


Developing young authors


SHKP Director of Corporate Communications Margaret Ng said: “We place great emphasis on promoting culture and social welfare, with the SHKP Book Club encouraging reading and writing. The first Young Writers’ Debut Competition was held in 2006 and this one is open to mainland writers for the very first time. It will be an important vehicle for cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the mainland and we are looking forward to seeing the young mainland authors’ work.”


Current judges Edward Lam and Zou Jing-Zhi and former judge Craig Au Yeung spoke of their high expectations for young writers at the press conference. The competition promotes diversity, multi-media work and personal points of view. Any stories with a unique perspective to ‘existence’, rich imagination and endless possibilities are welcome.


The second installment of the seminar series was held in Shanghai on the same day, with judges Edward Lam, Dane Chan and Zou Jing-Zhi speaking to an audience of over 300. Young mainlanders showed great enthusiasm for creativity and asked many questions. Dane Chan said: “Multi-media elements and innovative formats show an author’s originality. We very much look forward to such work.”


Coaching by creative professionals


The judges will be Hong Kong cartoonist and lyricist Siu Hak, action-film director Daniel Lee and theatre director and playwright Edward Lam, and from the mainland newspaper editor-in-chief and writer Hu Hong-Xia, Beijing music producer Zhang Ya-Dong, Beijing writer and book series editor-in-chief Zhang Yue-Ran, Shanghai writer Dane Chan and Beijing poet, playwright and screenwriter Zou Jing-Zhi. They will provide one-on-one coaching to shortlisted candidates, covering creative perspectives, content structure and market trends.


The competition is open to never-before published writers aged 35 or under. The theme is ‘existence’ and the entries can include words, graphics or multi-media work. The deadline for initial entries is October 31, 2012. Entrants should submit 10% of the content and a publication proposal. Winners will be offered contracts with Joint Publishing (HK) and SDX Joint Publishing Company, and will collect royalties from sales of their books in traditional and simplified Chinese versions in Hong Kong and on the mainland.


Visit www.shkpbookclub.com/YoungWriters4 for details.

Fourth Young Writers’ Debut Competition extended to mainland High-profile judges at Shanghai IFC press event and seminar

27 Aug 2012







Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) and Joint Publishing announced the fourth Young Writers’ Debut Competition in a press conference at Shanghai IFC recently. It has been extended to the mainland this year to develop more talented young authors and promote creativity and reading on a wider scale. Eight Hong Kong and mainland creative professionals and veteran writers will offer individual coaching to shortlisted contestants.


Developing young authors


SHKP Director of Corporate Communications Margaret Ng said: “We place great emphasis on promoting culture and social welfare, with the SHKP Book Club encouraging reading and writing. The first Young Writers’ Debut Competition was held in 2006 and this one is open to mainland writers for the very first time. It will be an important vehicle for cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the mainland and we are looking forward to seeing the young mainland authors’ work.”


Current judges Edward Lam and Zou Jing-Zhi and former judge Craig Au Yeung spoke of their high expectations for young writers at the press conference. The competition promotes diversity, multi-media work and personal points of view. Any stories with a unique perspective to ‘existence’, rich imagination and endless possibilities are welcome.


The second installment of the seminar series was held in Shanghai on the same day, with judges Edward Lam, Dane Chan and Zou Jing-Zhi speaking to an audience of over 300. Young mainlanders showed great enthusiasm for creativity and asked many questions. Dane Chan said: “Multi-media elements and innovative formats show an author’s originality. We very much look forward to such work.”


Coaching by creative professionals


The judges will be Hong Kong cartoonist and lyricist Siu Hak, action-film director Daniel Lee and theatre director and playwright Edward Lam, and from the mainland newspaper editor-in-chief and writer Hu Hong-Xia, Beijing music producer Zhang Ya-Dong, Beijing writer and book series editor-in-chief Zhang Yue-Ran, Shanghai writer Dane Chan and Beijing poet, playwright and screenwriter Zou Jing-Zhi. They will provide one-on-one coaching to shortlisted candidates, covering creative perspectives, content structure and market trends.


The competition is open to never-before published writers aged 35 or under. The theme is ‘existence’ and the entries can include words, graphics or multi-media work. The deadline for initial entries is October 31, 2012. Entrants should submit 10% of the content and a publication proposal. Winners will be offered contracts with Joint Publishing (HK) and SDX Joint Publishing Company, and will collect royalties from sales of their books in traditional and simplified Chinese versions in Hong Kong and on the mainland.


Visit www.shkpbookclub.com/YoungWriters4 for details.