Fifth SHKP Reading Club Young Writers’ Debut Competition
13 year old the youngest among 25 finalists
Individual coaching by eminent judges across Greater China starting soon


16 Jan 2015


Young Writers’ Debut Competition staged by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) and Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) are already in their tenth year.  The competition this year got an overwhelming response of more than 2,000 entries and the judges have considered carefully to pick 25 finalists.  The eminent judging panel is drawn from across Greater China and will soon begin one-on-one coaching to the 25 selected as they complete their books.

SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick K W Chan said: “The SHKP Reading Club is a lively cultural vehicle devoted to promoting a reading culture.  We believe that the entries in the fifth Young Writers’ Debut Competition from the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau can foster cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the different localities and lead to a more harmonious society.  The finalists’ works are all excellent and in a diversity of themes, genres and formats that reflect the unique cultural characteristics of each place.  And we are delighted to know that one of the finalists is only 13 years old, which proves that age is not a limitation on writing and that the young generation is highly literate.”

The shortlisted books, written on the theme of ‘discovery’, have distinctive features and a wide range of topics.  There are vignettes about life that look at trivial things such as train tickets, post cards and open wet markets, plus books that explore more serious issues like the relationship between humans and animals, love, identity as a new immigrant and more.  The 25 finalists from Hong Kong, the mainland and Taiwan include a 13-year-old Taiwanese student who is the youngest finalist that the competitions have ever had.  Joint Publishing Deputy Editor in Chief Anne Lee said: “Some of the finalists’ books have even reached an international level.  It is really interesting to see the different styles and focus of each region through the entries from across Greater China.”

Deng Kangyan is one of the judges and a mainland writer and documentary producer.  He said: “The overall standard is fairly high.  There are diverse topics, content and formats, and some texts are already accompanied by pictures. Many of these profuse works are up to publishing standard.”  The judges will soon select ten winners to be published in traditional and simplified Chinese versions for distribution in Hong Kong, Macau, the mainland and Taiwan (There will be two traditional Chinese versions, one for Hong Kong and Macau, another for Taiwan).  The winning writers will receive publishing contracts and royalties.

Young Writers’ Debut Competition has been helping budding authors realize the dream of publishing a first book since 2006, and many of the winners have chosen writing or publishing-related fields as a career.  The fifth competition was extended to Taiwan and Macau, and has ten veteran creative talents as judges, including Hong Kong Film Award Best New Director Adam Wong, mainland writer and film critic Mao Jian and renowned Taiwanese actor Sylvia Chang.

See www.shkpreadingclub.com for details of the SHKP Reading Club and the fifth Young Writers’ Debut Competition.

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP set up the Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives and everybody is welcome to join for free.  The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines, organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers, reading and writing camps and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.

About Young Writers’ Debut Competition

Young Writers’ Debut Competition has helped many young writers to get their first book published since they started in 2006.  The winning books have debuted at the Hong Kong Book Fair and been distributed through major bookstores to popular acclaim.  SHKP and Joint Publishing are cooperating again in 2014 to assist aspiring young authors in realizing their dreams of publishing, and this year’s competition has been expanded to Taiwan and Macau to promote cultural exchange.  The organizers have arranged for creative professionals and experienced veterans from the cultural sector to coach the writers as they work on their dreams and foster future stars in Chinese literature.

Visit www.shkpreadingclub.com/YoungWriters5 for details.
Fifth SHKP Reading Club Young Writers’ Debut Competition
13 year old the youngest among 25 finalists
Individual coaching by eminent judges across Greater China starting soon


16 Jan 2015





Young Writers’ Debut Competition staged by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) and Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) are already in their tenth year.  The competition this year got an overwhelming response of more than 2,000 entries and the judges have considered carefully to pick 25 finalists.  The eminent judging panel is drawn from across Greater China and will soon begin one-on-one coaching to the 25 selected as they complete their books.

SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick K W Chan said: “The SHKP Reading Club is a lively cultural vehicle devoted to promoting a reading culture.  We believe that the entries in the fifth Young Writers’ Debut Competition from the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau can foster cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the different localities and lead to a more harmonious society.  The finalists’ works are all excellent and in a diversity of themes, genres and formats that reflect the unique cultural characteristics of each place.  And we are delighted to know that one of the finalists is only 13 years old, which proves that age is not a limitation on writing and that the young generation is highly literate.”

The shortlisted books, written on the theme of ‘discovery’, have distinctive features and a wide range of topics.  There are vignettes about life that look at trivial things such as train tickets, post cards and open wet markets, plus books that explore more serious issues like the relationship between humans and animals, love, identity as a new immigrant and more.  The 25 finalists from Hong Kong, the mainland and Taiwan include a 13-year-old Taiwanese student who is the youngest finalist that the competitions have ever had.  Joint Publishing Deputy Editor in Chief Anne Lee said: “Some of the finalists’ books have even reached an international level.  It is really interesting to see the different styles and focus of each region through the entries from across Greater China.”

Deng Kangyan is one of the judges and a mainland writer and documentary producer.  He said: “The overall standard is fairly high.  There are diverse topics, content and formats, and some texts are already accompanied by pictures. Many of these profuse works are up to publishing standard.”  The judges will soon select ten winners to be published in traditional and simplified Chinese versions for distribution in Hong Kong, Macau, the mainland and Taiwan (There will be two traditional Chinese versions, one for Hong Kong and Macau, another for Taiwan).  The winning writers will receive publishing contracts and royalties.

Young Writers’ Debut Competition has been helping budding authors realize the dream of publishing a first book since 2006, and many of the winners have chosen writing or publishing-related fields as a career.  The fifth competition was extended to Taiwan and Macau, and has ten veteran creative talents as judges, including Hong Kong Film Award Best New Director Adam Wong, mainland writer and film critic Mao Jian and renowned Taiwanese actor Sylvia Chang.

See www.shkpreadingclub.com for details of the SHKP Reading Club and the fifth Young Writers’ Debut Competition.

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP set up the Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives and everybody is welcome to join for free.  The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines, organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers, reading and writing camps and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.

About Young Writers’ Debut Competition

Young Writers’ Debut Competition has helped many young writers to get their first book published since they started in 2006.  The winning books have debuted at the Hong Kong Book Fair and been distributed through major bookstores to popular acclaim.  SHKP and Joint Publishing are cooperating again in 2014 to assist aspiring young authors in realizing their dreams of publishing, and this year’s competition has been expanded to Taiwan and Macau to promote cultural exchange.  The organizers have arranged for creative professionals and experienced veterans from the cultural sector to coach the writers as they work on their dreams and foster future stars in Chinese literature.

Visit www.shkpreadingclub.com/YoungWriters5 for details.