SHKP Reading Club Launches 2016/17 Young Writers’ Debut Competition

22 Apr 2016


Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) has various programmes to help young people with different aspirations develop their talents, and its SHKP Reading Club is joining Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) to stage the 2016/17 Young Writers’ Debut Competition (YWDC) again this year to help aspiring young authors realize their dreams.  SHKP Executive Director and Deputy Managing Director Mike Wong together with celebrity judges officiated at a ceremony today (22 April) to invite interested youngers aged 35 or below but yet to publish their first book to show their creativity through joining this competition.

Mr Wong said SHKP was committed about helping the younger generation and began holding YWDC with Joint Publishing ten years ago, to encourage young people take their first step towards their dreams.  The competitions have helped 41 aspiring young authors since then.  Some winners continued writing and published new books or joined other creative industries.  SHKP hopes that the competitions will continue assisting aspiring young authors to build an authentic Hong Kong reading culture and encourage people to acquire new knowledge by reading and equip themselves better.

The competition is open until 21 October.  The theme for this year is Future which is meant to encourage young people to express their dreams and aspirations.  Participants from Hong Kong are welcome to join individually or in pairs.  The judges will then select about 25 finalists according to the proposals and sample content submitted.  Finalists will pair up with the judges who would guide them in the creative process till they finish their works.  About eight of the best will be selected for publication in Hong Kong.

At the ceremony were Joint Publishing (HK) Director and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee and celebrity judges musician Yu Yat-yiu, director and screenwriter Philip Yung, The University of Hong Kong Department of Music Professor and Chairperson Chan Hing-yan, veteran educator Terence Chang, Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts lecturer and cartoonist Wong Chiu-tat, Justin, budding screenwriter Yan Yu and the first YWDC winner Matthew Cheng.  The eight judges, including novelist and cultural critic Lawrence Pun, are talents in their respective creative fields.  They will share creative ideas with young people, select the finalists and give individual coaching over the coming year to inspire the finalists as they complete their works.

Past winners at the ceremony talked about their experience in the competition and what they learned.  Winner of the fifth competition Tang Wenshun encouraged young people to seize the opportunity to express their thoughts in writing, images or multi-media and realize their dreams of publishing a book.

The biennial competitions have been an important vehicle for nurturing budding authors in Hong Kong since 2006, helping 41 young people realize their dreams.  The winning books have been diverse, including fiction, true stories, travelogues, photo collections and multi-media creations showcasing the imagination of the younger generation.

Visit the competition website
(www.shkpreadingclub.com/YoungWriters)
or Facebook Page
(www.facebook.com/YoungWriters.hk)
for details.

About the SHKP Reading Club

Sun Hung Kai Properties set up the SHKP Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives, and everyone is welcome to join for free.  The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines and organizes cultural 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 at
www.shkpreadingclub.com.
SHKP Executive Director and Deputy Managing Director Mike Wong (fifth left) and Joint Publishing representative Anne Lee (right fourth) announcing the sixth Young Writers’ Debut Competition with judges Matthew Cheng (first left), Philip Yung (second left), Justin Wong (third left), Terence Chang (left fourth), Chan Hing-yan (third right), Yu Yat-yiu (second right) and Yan Yu (first right)
Fifth Young Writers’ Debut Competition winner Tang Wenshun talked about joining the competition and what they learned
SHKP Reading Club Launches 2016/17 Young Writers’ Debut Competition

22 Apr 2016



SHKP Executive Director and Deputy Managing Director Mike Wong (fifth left) and Joint Publishing representative Anne Lee (right fourth) announcing the sixth Young Writers’ Debut Competition with judges Matthew Cheng (first left), Philip Yung (second left), Justin Wong (third left), Terence Chang (left fourth), Chan Hing-yan (third right), Yu Yat-yiu (second right) and Yan Yu (first right)

Fifth Young Writers’ Debut Competition winner Tang Wenshun talked about joining the competition and what they learned

Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) has various programmes to help young people with different aspirations develop their talents, and its SHKP Reading Club is joining Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) to stage the 2016/17 Young Writers’ Debut Competition (YWDC) again this year to help aspiring young authors realize their dreams.  SHKP Executive Director and Deputy Managing Director Mike Wong together with celebrity judges officiated at a ceremony today (22 April) to invite interested youngers aged 35 or below but yet to publish their first book to show their creativity through joining this competition.

Mr Wong said SHKP was committed about helping the younger generation and began holding YWDC with Joint Publishing ten years ago, to encourage young people take their first step towards their dreams.  The competitions have helped 41 aspiring young authors since then.  Some winners continued writing and published new books or joined other creative industries.  SHKP hopes that the competitions will continue assisting aspiring young authors to build an authentic Hong Kong reading culture and encourage people to acquire new knowledge by reading and equip themselves better.

The competition is open until 21 October.  The theme for this year is Future which is meant to encourage young people to express their dreams and aspirations.  Participants from Hong Kong are welcome to join individually or in pairs.  The judges will then select about 25 finalists according to the proposals and sample content submitted.  Finalists will pair up with the judges who would guide them in the creative process till they finish their works.  About eight of the best will be selected for publication in Hong Kong.

At the ceremony were Joint Publishing (HK) Director and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee and celebrity judges musician Yu Yat-yiu, director and screenwriter Philip Yung, The University of Hong Kong Department of Music Professor and Chairperson Chan Hing-yan, veteran educator Terence Chang, Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts lecturer and cartoonist Wong Chiu-tat, Justin, budding screenwriter Yan Yu and the first YWDC winner Matthew Cheng.  The eight judges, including novelist and cultural critic Lawrence Pun, are talents in their respective creative fields.  They will share creative ideas with young people, select the finalists and give individual coaching over the coming year to inspire the finalists as they complete their works.

Past winners at the ceremony talked about their experience in the competition and what they learned.  Winner of the fifth competition Tang Wenshun encouraged young people to seize the opportunity to express their thoughts in writing, images or multi-media and realize their dreams of publishing a book.

The biennial competitions have been an important vehicle for nurturing budding authors in Hong Kong since 2006, helping 41 young people realize their dreams.  The winning books have been diverse, including fiction, true stories, travelogues, photo collections and multi-media creations showcasing the imagination of the younger generation.

Visit the competition website
(www.shkpreadingclub.com/YoungWriters)
or Facebook Page
(www.facebook.com/YoungWriters.hk)
for details.

About the SHKP Reading Club

Sun Hung Kai Properties set up the SHKP Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives, and everyone is welcome to join for free.  The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines and organizes cultural 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 at
www.shkpreadingclub.com.