SHKP & Joint Publishing stage Third Young Writers’ Debut Competition
Sun Hung Kai Properties and Joint Publishing are staging a third Young Writers’ Debut competition to give young authors a chance to have their books published. A recent seminar had the competition judges, also seasoned creative professionals, talking to prospective entrants. Close to 100 people attended to learn more about creative writing.
The speakers were City Magazine joint founder and writer Peter Dunn, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts lecturer and writer Chan Wai, and People Mountain People Sea member and music producer Yu Yat-yiu. They talked to the young audience on the theme My Creative Experience.
The Young Writers’ Debut competition will help aspiring authors born after the 1970s make their creative debut, and the winning books will be widely promoted and distributed. The contest judges have experience in different creative fields and will give contestants one-on-one coaching as they write their first books.
The judges will be Peter Dunn, Thumb Magazine editor and writer Victor Hui, Commercial Radio Hong Kong strategic planning director Vincent Wong, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts lecturer and writer Chan Wai, Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts School lecturer and cartoonist Justin Wong, Yu Yat-yiu and film director Stanley Kwan.
The theme of the competition is ‘life’. Entries should be in Chinese in any format. Ten to 16 contestants will be shortlisted and receive coaching, and each will receive HK$3,000 in cash and HK$2,000 in book coupons.
The judges will select the best five to eight writers who will be offered contracts with Joint Publishing. The books will debut at the Hong Kong Book Fair in July next year with an initial print run of at least 1,000 copies. They will be distributed via major bookstores in Hong Kong and southeast Asia and the authors will collect royalties from sales. The deadline for entries has been extended to December 31, 2010.