Second SHKP-Joint Publishing Young Writers' Debut Competition Experienced to authors guide young writers towards publication

25 Sep 2008


Sun Hung Kai Properties is promoting reading and writing in Hong Kong with its SHKP Book Club.  The Book Club's first Young Writers' Debut Competition in 2006 gave a number of writers a chance to get their first books published, and it now staging a second contest that will include experienced writers and artists as judge-mentors offering guidance to the contestants.


Experienced mentors


The first Young Writers' Debut Competition in 2006 was a resounding success and promising winners saw their publishing dreams fulfilled.  The second contest will have a judging panel of celebrated writers and artists from diverse disciplines coaching semi-finalists one-on-one prior to publication.  The judges will be Pia Ho, member of People Mountain People Sea, cartoonist Chi-hoi, Commercial Radio executive director Wong Wing, computer graphic designer Wong Wang-tat, Thumb magazine chief editor Victor Hui and Shu Kei, head of the School of Film and Television at the Academy for Performing Art.


Encouraging talented writers


SHKP vice chairman & managing director Raymond Kwok said: “Our first Young Writers' Debut Competition was a big success.  It attracted over 1,000 entries that showed a high level of literary richness and inspiring creativity.  We assisted seven winners in having their first books published and the results were very encouraging.  We believe that there are many more young passionate writers who dream of being published but do not have the experience, funding and guidance.  Our new contest is intended to remedy this situation and help promising writers find a way into the literary industry.”


Joint Publishing assistant chief editor Anne Lee said: “If young people want to succeed in publishing, it takes bold ideas and good guidance and interaction with experienced mentors to help them realize their potential and focus on their strengths.  This contest differs from the last in that our mentors are from a wide spectrum of creative industries from writing to graphic illustration and song.  The shortlisted candidates will benefit from their one-on-one coaching.”


Winning books on city theme to be published


The new contest has the city theme.  Entries must be in Chinese, but there are no limits on format or number of characters.  Graphic or multi-media accompaniments are also welcome.  Submissions by never-before published authors aged 35 or below are being accepted until December 20, 2008.  Entrants should provide a completed enrollment form, book proposal and a 5% sample of their proposed book.


Twelve semi-finalists will win HK$5,000 each and receive personal guidance from the mentors to polish their work.  Between three to eight winners will have their books published and be entitled to and earn loyalties.  Anyone interested can visit www.shkpbookclub.com or call 2511 3248 for details.


Promoting reading and writing


The SHKP Book Club has been active since it was set up in 2005, including taking 700 children from low-income families to visit and buy books at this year's Hong Kong Book Fair.  The Book Club also publishes a free literary magazine and has staged four book review competitions with over 20,000 participants.  Well-known figures including Chinese scholar Professor Yu Dan and cultural observers Leung Man-tao, Ivan Choy and Lau Sai-leung have spoken about reading and books in a series of well-received Book Club seminars.

Second SHKP-Joint Publishing Young Writers' Debut Competition Experienced to authors guide young writers towards publication

25 Sep 2008





Sun Hung Kai Properties is promoting reading and writing in Hong Kong with its SHKP Book Club.  The Book Club's first Young Writers' Debut Competition in 2006 gave a number of writers a chance to get their first books published, and it now staging a second contest that will include experienced writers and artists as judge-mentors offering guidance to the contestants.


Experienced mentors


The first Young Writers' Debut Competition in 2006 was a resounding success and promising winners saw their publishing dreams fulfilled.  The second contest will have a judging panel of celebrated writers and artists from diverse disciplines coaching semi-finalists one-on-one prior to publication.  The judges will be Pia Ho, member of People Mountain People Sea, cartoonist Chi-hoi, Commercial Radio executive director Wong Wing, computer graphic designer Wong Wang-tat, Thumb magazine chief editor Victor Hui and Shu Kei, head of the School of Film and Television at the Academy for Performing Art.


Encouraging talented writers


SHKP vice chairman & managing director Raymond Kwok said: “Our first Young Writers' Debut Competition was a big success.  It attracted over 1,000 entries that showed a high level of literary richness and inspiring creativity.  We assisted seven winners in having their first books published and the results were very encouraging.  We believe that there are many more young passionate writers who dream of being published but do not have the experience, funding and guidance.  Our new contest is intended to remedy this situation and help promising writers find a way into the literary industry.”


Joint Publishing assistant chief editor Anne Lee said: “If young people want to succeed in publishing, it takes bold ideas and good guidance and interaction with experienced mentors to help them realize their potential and focus on their strengths.  This contest differs from the last in that our mentors are from a wide spectrum of creative industries from writing to graphic illustration and song.  The shortlisted candidates will benefit from their one-on-one coaching.”


Winning books on city theme to be published


The new contest has the city theme.  Entries must be in Chinese, but there are no limits on format or number of characters.  Graphic or multi-media accompaniments are also welcome.  Submissions by never-before published authors aged 35 or below are being accepted until December 20, 2008.  Entrants should provide a completed enrollment form, book proposal and a 5% sample of their proposed book.


Twelve semi-finalists will win HK$5,000 each and receive personal guidance from the mentors to polish their work.  Between three to eight winners will have their books published and be entitled to and earn loyalties.  Anyone interested can visit www.shkpbookclub.com or call 2511 3248 for details.


Promoting reading and writing


The SHKP Book Club has been active since it was set up in 2005, including taking 700 children from low-income families to visit and buy books at this year's Hong Kong Book Fair.  The Book Club also publishes a free literary magazine and has staged four book review competitions with over 20,000 participants.  Well-known figures including Chinese scholar Professor Yu Dan and cultural observers Leung Man-tao, Ivan Choy and Lau Sai-leung have spoken about reading and books in a series of well-received Book Club seminars.