Young Readers Festival Creative Writing Competition

We are pleased to invite all secondary school students to participate in our 2019 creative writing competition, hosted in partnership with “One City One Book Hong Kong”, an annual community reading project that promotes reading, discussion and civic engagement.

Shaun Tan’s award-winning work The Arrival has been chosen as the book of the year for 2019. Tan is a Chinese-Australian author, illustrator, and artist, and The Arrival is a wordless graphic novel that focuses on immigration and identity. Students are invited to write a short story based on the illustration from The Arrival. Each entry should be between 800-1000 words.

Winning entries, selected by Hong Kong Battle of the Books author Jack Cheng, will be published online, and the winners will receive signed copies of his remarkable debut novel See You in the Cosmos as well as a copy of The Arrival.

Short stories should be sent to by 15th April 2019. Please include the applicant’s full nameageschool, and the contact person’s phone number and email address.

Winners will be announced on the Festival’s website on 15th May 2019. Good Luck!


Chow Sung Wing Vania (Shatin College ESF)

Chung Tsz Ching Suri (Yew Chung International School)

Hui Yan Yin Hillary (St. Mark’s School)

Kanakka Pillai Fathima Farheen (Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College)

Lai Ching Kei (La Salle College)

Winners will be contacted separately by email . Please check out this page later for the winning entries.