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Top Story 2018 invites entries: HKFP partners with RTHK and PEN Hong Kong for story-writing contest

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To promote creative talent in Hong Kong, RTHK Radio 3 has joined hands with Hong Kong Free Press and PEN Hong Kong for the second year in a row to co-organise the English writing competition Hong Kong’s Top Story 2018.

 

Hong Kong Top story 2018 RTHK PEN Hong Kong

To mark RTHK Radio 3’s 90th Anniversary of Broadcasting, the competition theme this year is “Sounds of Hong Kong.” Participants are invited to find inspiration from familiar tunes, chatter, beeps, clangs and clatter that remind you of a moment, evoke a memory of a person or prompt an echo. Judges are looking for stories inspired by local noises and the sounds of our city.


Write a short story of no more than 2,000 words and send it to [email protected]. You could win book prizes, dining vouchers, and a consultation with a Hong Kong-based author.

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1. All submitted stories must:
•    be inspired by the sounds of Hong Kong and be written in English by Hong Kong residents.
•    be an original, previously unpublished work written by the participant.
•    be not more than 2,000 words.
•    not defame any living person, corporate body, infringe or breach any rights of copyright.
2. Participants can email their story by visiting this website, emailing to [email protected] or post to PO BOX 70200 Kowloon.
3. Participants can submit more than one story.
4. By submitting an entry, participants agree to the publication/broadcast of their work by  RTHK, Hong Kong Free Press and PEN Hong Kong.
5. All personal data provided will be used for the competition only and will be destroyed within one month after the official presentation of prizes to the winners.
6. The judges’ decision is final.
7. The competition is not open to RTHK, Hong Kong Free Press, PEN Hong Kong employees, or their immediate family members.
8. Winners will be announced in December 2018.
The deadline is 2 November 2018.

Categories:

Junior: Hong Kong residents aged 12-17. Adult: Hong Kong residents aged 18 or above.

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Prizes:
1st Prize
•    20 books selected by Pan Macmillan
•    Dining vouchers by Lan Kwai Fong Group HK$2,000
•    One-hour consultation session with Hong Kong based author
•    A pair of high-quality headphones

2nd Prize
•    15 books selected by Pan Macmillan
•    Dining vouchers by Lan Kwai Fong Group HK$1,200

3rd Prize
•    10 books selected by Pan Macmillan
•    Dining vouchers by Lan Kwai Fong Group HK$1,200

Most Creative Awards:
•    5 books selected by Pan Macmillan
•    Dining vouchers by Lan Kwai Fong Group HK$1,000

Last year’s contest saw a record number of entries, with 558 submissions. Oliver Norbu Lee took first prize in the Junior Category for Jia, with Lorraine Cheng Yi Shien winning the Most Creative Award for Step Away; Yeung Chak Yan took first prize in the Adult Category for The Switcher, with Nathan Lauer winning the Most Creative Award for Xunxin Zishi Zui. 

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Top Story 2018 invites entries: HKFP partners with RTHK and PEN Hong Kong for story-writing contest