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The 13th
English Short Story 
Writing Competition

Award Ceremony and Public Lecture: 20 November 2017

Award Ceremony and Public Lecture


by Prof. Kathleen Ahrens, PolyU

Every writer wants to create a deep, emotional connection with their reader. How do the best writers achieve that goal? They use a technique known as deep point-of-view. Writing in deep point-of-view (POV) allows writers to succinctly show the emotions their character is feeling, without telling the reader what these feelings are. In this talk, Professor Ahrens will explain this concept and share her method for writing in deep POV. She will also provide multiple examples from recently published novels. Writers should bring their own creative work and be prepared to do short writing exercises so that they can incorporate this technique into their own writing.

Date: 20 Nov, 2017 (Mon)
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: OEE601-603

Audience Registration Period: 31 Oct – 19 Nov, 2017 (on a first-come-first-served basis)


You are cordially invited to take part in the 13th English Short Story Writing Competition. The Regulations, Prizes and Procedures are as follows:

Eligibility: All HKBU undergraduate students.

Titles & Word Limit: Students must use ONE of the titles/story prompts provided and keep to a maximum of 2000 words.
NOTE: The word limit does NOT include the provided prompt.

- First Prize winner ($1,500 book voucher and a trophy)
- Second Prize winner ($1,200 book voucher and a trophy)
- Third Prize winner ($900 book voucher and a trophy)
- Merit Prize winners ($500 book voucher)

Selection Procedure: Winners are selected by a panel of judges from HKBU and professional international writers.

Assessment Criteria:
1. Demonstration of creativity and originality, expression of emotions, and development of characters and plot;
2. Accuracy and variety of language, proper and effective use of vocabulary and dialogue.

Short Story Writing Preparation Workshop

The main goal of this 6-hour workshop will be to help Short Story Writing Competition contestants develop their stories by practicing basic creative writing skills and participating in reflective peer review.

Dates: 21 - 28 Sep, 4, 11 - 12 Oct 2017
Time: Wed 15:30 - 16:20 & Thur 12:30 - 13:20
Online registration:


You need to submit two copies of your story:
(a) Submit the completed entry form together with a hard copy of your story to the General Office of the Language Centre in OEE1203 during office hours (09:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:30) by 27 October 2017; and

(b) Submit your story by email at to check for plagiarism.

Application Deadline: 27 October 2017


The winners since 2008.                                                                   


Check out the photos of the 12th English Short Story Writing Competition here.

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