SHKP-Joint Publishing writing contest draws over 1,000 entries Budding new stars emerge

29 May 2007


The SHKP Book Club began its Young Writers' Debut competition with Joint Publishing last July and announced the winners today (May 29). The competition was meant to give writers under 30 years old a chance to have their first book published. The seven winners will see their books available in July this year at the Hong Kong Book Fair and major bookstores. The Book Club is an initiative by Sun Hung Kai Properties to encourage reading.


SHKP Head of Corporate Communications May Lau and Joint Publishing Assistant Chief Editor Anne Lee introduced the new authors at a press conference with competition judges multimedia creator Craig Au Yeung, film director Patrick Tam, writer Vincent Wong, disc jockey Pia Ho and Thumb Magazine Chief Editor and Victor Hui.


This was the first competition of its kind in Hong Kong. Over 1,000 people between the ages of seven to 30 submitted entries on the theme of Hong Kong. Ms Lau said: "The competition has been a success and the seven winning books will debut in July. The writers are a diverse group, including an 18-year-old student, a teacher, researcher, designer and composer. They all demonstrated their love of Hong Kong with works in formats as diverse as cartoons, poetry, prose, fiction and music. I believe they are just the tip of the iceberg of talent on the local literary scene."


Ms Lee said: "We were pleasantly surprised by the creativity that the competition brought out. Things like unconventional layouts and the interplay of pictures and text offer a new dimension for readers. I think the competition has helped reshape the cultural landscape of Hong Kong and demonstrates the organizers and the judges' commitment to fostering creativity."


The seven winning books will be available at major bookstores and the Hong Kong Book Fair in July. Joint Publishing will also take them to the Beijing Book Fair in September, to expose mainland readers to cultural interaction.


SHKP and Joint Publishing began the competition last July to give new young writers a chance to be published. The entrants had the benefit of advice from experienced authors and artists during the competition, including three seminars where the publishers and the judges talked to entrants about writing and publishing. 15 entrants were short listed and awarded HK$5,000 in prize money, then mentored by the judges for another three months before seven winners were chosen.


The SHKP Book Club was set up in May 2005. It has so far staged a variety of activities including three book review competitions, offering book recommendations and hosting seminars with writers, a major book fair and a shopping mall parent-child reading corner. It recently started publishing a free literary magazine with book reviews and articles about reading and culture. The Book Club has been influential in broadening people's horizons and promoting a reading culture in Hong Kong.

SHKP-Joint Publishing writing contest draws over 1,000 entries Budding new stars emerge

29 May 2007







The SHKP Book Club began its Young Writers' Debut competition with Joint Publishing last July and announced the winners today (May 29). The competition was meant to give writers under 30 years old a chance to have their first book published. The seven winners will see their books available in July this year at the Hong Kong Book Fair and major bookstores. The Book Club is an initiative by Sun Hung Kai Properties to encourage reading.


SHKP Head of Corporate Communications May Lau and Joint Publishing Assistant Chief Editor Anne Lee introduced the new authors at a press conference with competition judges multimedia creator Craig Au Yeung, film director Patrick Tam, writer Vincent Wong, disc jockey Pia Ho and Thumb Magazine Chief Editor and Victor Hui.


This was the first competition of its kind in Hong Kong. Over 1,000 people between the ages of seven to 30 submitted entries on the theme of Hong Kong. Ms Lau said: "The competition has been a success and the seven winning books will debut in July. The writers are a diverse group, including an 18-year-old student, a teacher, researcher, designer and composer. They all demonstrated their love of Hong Kong with works in formats as diverse as cartoons, poetry, prose, fiction and music. I believe they are just the tip of the iceberg of talent on the local literary scene."


Ms Lee said: "We were pleasantly surprised by the creativity that the competition brought out. Things like unconventional layouts and the interplay of pictures and text offer a new dimension for readers. I think the competition has helped reshape the cultural landscape of Hong Kong and demonstrates the organizers and the judges' commitment to fostering creativity."


The seven winning books will be available at major bookstores and the Hong Kong Book Fair in July. Joint Publishing will also take them to the Beijing Book Fair in September, to expose mainland readers to cultural interaction.


SHKP and Joint Publishing began the competition last July to give new young writers a chance to be published. The entrants had the benefit of advice from experienced authors and artists during the competition, including three seminars where the publishers and the judges talked to entrants about writing and publishing. 15 entrants were short listed and awarded HK$5,000 in prize money, then mentored by the judges for another three months before seven winners were chosen.


The SHKP Book Club was set up in May 2005. It has so far staged a variety of activities including three book review competitions, offering book recommendations and hosting seminars with writers, a major book fair and a shopping mall parent-child reading corner. It recently started publishing a free literary magazine with book reviews and articles about reading and culture. The Book Club has been influential in broadening people's horizons and promoting a reading culture in Hong Kong.