2016/17 SHKP Reading Club Young Writers’ Debut Competition
22 finalists chosen from over 1,100 entrants for next step to publication


16 Dec 2016


The 2016/17 Young Writers’ Debut Competition (YWDC) being staged by Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) Reading Club and Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) has attracted over 1,100 entrants, with a ‘future’ theme this year meant to bring out young writers’ dreams and aspirations in different forms.  Eight celebrity judges have selected 22 finalists from their submissions and will coach the new authors on the creative process as they finish.   Around eight of the best will be published for debut at the Hong Kong Book Fair in July 2017.

SHKP has promoted reading in Hong Kong for over a decade and set up the SHKP Reading Club in December 2013 to consolidate its efforts.  The Club staged a third anniversary function recently where the latest YWDC finalists spoke about preparing for the competition and sought literary advice from the celebrity judge-mentors including novelist and critic Lawrence Pun, director and screenwriter Philip Yung, Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts lecturer and cartoonist Justin Wong and screenwriter Yan Yu.  The four celebrities together with musician Yu Yat-yiu, The University of Hong Kong Department of Music Professor and Chairperson Chan Hing-yan, veteran educator Terence Chang and winner of the first YWDC Matthew Cheng formed a strong panel of judges for the latest competition that lasts for more than a year.  In addition to shortlisting the finalists, the eight judges share their experience with the budding writers and coach them to finish their works.

The sixth biennial YWDC is intended to help the younger generation by encouraging people aged 35 or below to work towards their dreams of being published.  The theme is ‘future’ this year and writers could enter individually or in pairs.  The judges have selected 22 finalists.  The entries cover many different formats and ideas; two submitted by partnerships combine text and illustrations, while others include true stories, picture-travelogues, fables and science fiction.  Diverse plots span a trip through old Hong Kong bookstores, a journey following an accident that led to amputation and the cycle of life as seen by a locker.  The finalists are between 20 and 35 and three are college students.

The judges were impressed by the creativity.  Lawrence Pun said: “Writing is all about looking at everyday life with a curious mind, critical thinking and reflection, and then trying to present ideas in a unique way.  This year’s entries cover a wide range of subject matter from personal experience to imaginary concepts in the form of documentary or fiction.  The finalists embraced their creative potential and saw situations from different perspectives, then expressed their thoughts about the future either directly or in a roundabout way.”  Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) Director and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee noted that the total number of entries from Hong Kong writers this year increased by over 50% compared with that of the previous competition, which suggested that there are many young writing enthusiasts in the city.

SHKP Director of Corporate Communications Chris Liu said he was pleased that YWDC had become an important vehicle for local creativity, and since many past winners had gone on to wider popularity the SHKP Reading Club would continue supporting local young people’s expression and a reading culture for long-term benefit. 
Young Writers’ Debut Competition has helped 41 young people realize their dreams of being published since 2006, and many have been involved in creative industries since then.  See www.shkpreadingclub.com/YoungWriters or www.facebook.com/YoungWriters.hk for competition finalists and updates.

About the SHKP Reading Club

Sun Hung Kai Properties believes in Building Homes with Heart and promotes reading and holistic development.  It set up the SHKP Reading Club in 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives and everyone is welcome.  The Club organizes events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Anyone interested can join for free at www.shkpreadingclub.com.

2016/17 Young Writers’ Debut Competition finalists and judges mark the SHKP Reading Club’s third anniversary
2016/17 SHKP Reading Club Young Writers’ Debut Competition
22 finalists chosen from over 1,100 entrants for next step to publication


16 Dec 2016



2016/17 Young Writers’ Debut Competition finalists and judges mark the SHKP Reading Club’s third anniversary

The 2016/17 Young Writers’ Debut Competition (YWDC) being staged by Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) Reading Club and Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) has attracted over 1,100 entrants, with a ‘future’ theme this year meant to bring out young writers’ dreams and aspirations in different forms.  Eight celebrity judges have selected 22 finalists from their submissions and will coach the new authors on the creative process as they finish.   Around eight of the best will be published for debut at the Hong Kong Book Fair in July 2017.

SHKP has promoted reading in Hong Kong for over a decade and set up the SHKP Reading Club in December 2013 to consolidate its efforts.  The Club staged a third anniversary function recently where the latest YWDC finalists spoke about preparing for the competition and sought literary advice from the celebrity judge-mentors including novelist and critic Lawrence Pun, director and screenwriter Philip Yung, Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts lecturer and cartoonist Justin Wong and screenwriter Yan Yu.  The four celebrities together with musician Yu Yat-yiu, The University of Hong Kong Department of Music Professor and Chairperson Chan Hing-yan, veteran educator Terence Chang and winner of the first YWDC Matthew Cheng formed a strong panel of judges for the latest competition that lasts for more than a year.  In addition to shortlisting the finalists, the eight judges share their experience with the budding writers and coach them to finish their works.

The sixth biennial YWDC is intended to help the younger generation by encouraging people aged 35 or below to work towards their dreams of being published.  The theme is ‘future’ this year and writers could enter individually or in pairs.  The judges have selected 22 finalists.  The entries cover many different formats and ideas; two submitted by partnerships combine text and illustrations, while others include true stories, picture-travelogues, fables and science fiction.  Diverse plots span a trip through old Hong Kong bookstores, a journey following an accident that led to amputation and the cycle of life as seen by a locker.  The finalists are between 20 and 35 and three are college students.

The judges were impressed by the creativity.  Lawrence Pun said: “Writing is all about looking at everyday life with a curious mind, critical thinking and reflection, and then trying to present ideas in a unique way.  This year’s entries cover a wide range of subject matter from personal experience to imaginary concepts in the form of documentary or fiction.  The finalists embraced their creative potential and saw situations from different perspectives, then expressed their thoughts about the future either directly or in a roundabout way.”  Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) Director and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee noted that the total number of entries from Hong Kong writers this year increased by over 50% compared with that of the previous competition, which suggested that there are many young writing enthusiasts in the city.

SHKP Director of Corporate Communications Chris Liu said he was pleased that YWDC had become an important vehicle for local creativity, and since many past winners had gone on to wider popularity the SHKP Reading Club would continue supporting local young people’s expression and a reading culture for long-term benefit. 
Young Writers’ Debut Competition has helped 41 young people realize their dreams of being published since 2006, and many have been involved in creative industries since then.  See www.shkpreadingclub.com/YoungWriters or www.facebook.com/YoungWriters.hk for competition finalists and updates.

About the SHKP Reading Club

Sun Hung Kai Properties believes in Building Homes with Heart and promotes reading and holistic development.  It set up the SHKP Reading Club in 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives and everyone is welcome.  The Club organizes events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Anyone interested can join for free at www.shkpreadingclub.com.