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The 17th
English Short Story 
Writing Competition


You are cordially invited to take part in the 17th English Short Story Writing Competition. The Regulations, Prizes and Procedures are as follows:

1. All HKBU full-time undergraduate students*
2. All HKBU full-time postgraduate students*
* Excluding students from the School of Continuing Education and College of International Education)

Titles & Word Limit: Students must use ONE of the titles/story prompts provided and keep to a maximum of 7500 characters, including spaces.
NOTE: The word limit does NOT include the provided prompt.

Prizes for each category:
- First Prize ($1,500 vouchers for purchasing apps, online courses, or books, plus a trophy)
- Second Prize ($1,200 vouchers for purchasing apps, online courses, or books, plus a trophy)
- Third Prize ($900 vouchers for purchasing apps, online courses, or books, plus a trophy)
- Merit Prizes ($500 vouchers for purchasing apps, online courses, or books)
- All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation at the award ceremony.

Selection Procedure: Winners are selected by a panel of judges from HKBU and an external expert judge.

Application Deadline: 1 November 2022
- Briefing Section (Rules of competition and submission guidelines): 5 November (Sat) 10:00 am – 11:00 am
- Online Short Story Writing Workshop 1 (Plot and Character): 12 November (Sat) 10:00 am – 12:00 nn
- Online Short Story Writing Workshop 2 (Language): 19 November (Sat) 10:00 am – 12:00 nn

Short Story Submission Deadline: 9 January 2023
Note: Your attendance of the briefing section and the workshops is optional. The outcome of the competition is determined by the quality of your story.

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.

Reminder on Plagiarism
Please be reminded that all works submitted will be subject to a plagiarism check. Contestants who submit plagiarised works will be disqualified from the contest. 


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External Expert Judge: Ms. Xu Xi 許素細
XU XI 許素細 is an Indonesian-Chinese novelist, fiction writer and essayist from Hong Kong who became a U.S. citizen at the age of 33. Author of fifteen books, including Monkey in Residence and Other Speculations (Signal 8 Press, UK, November 1, 2022) and This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being (Nebraska 2019), she also co-authored The Art and Craft of Asian Stories (Bloomsbury, 2021). Co-founder of Authors at Large, she is currently William H.P. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts. She was writer-in-residence at Arizona State University, the City University of Hong Kong, the University of Iowa, and directed two international MFA programs in writing. Earlier, she held management positions in Asia and the U.S. at the Asian Wall Street Journal, Federal Express, Pinkerton’s, among others. A diehard transnational, she now splits life between New York and the rest of the world. Follow her @xuxiwriter.


1. Submit your personal data via the online form by 1 November 2022

2. Create an account on SHORTEDITION by 9 January 2022

3. Submit your story via SHORTEDITION by 9 January 2022

Short Édition login page:
How to submit your story via SHORTEDITION

Event Poster

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Award Ceremony & Public Lecture – to be announced

2021 Winners


Rank Name of Student Title of Story
First Prize LEUNG Tsz Yui Mike Robinson
Second Prize LI Hang You started it
Third Prize YEUNG Kwan Nok Justin COVID-Z
Merit Prize WEE Weirhu Hide and Seek
Merit Prize CHOW Hoi Tung The Aftermath


Rank Name of Student Title of Story
First Prize Hayden Charles GEHR The Burgundy Scarf
Second Prize Kevin MANUNURE Mystery surrounds the death of a young student
Third Prize Jeremy Eton NG Quizás, Quizás, Quizás
Merit Prize Bamidele Emmanuel OLA A Silent Voice

Public Lecture for the 15th English Short Story Writing Competition

In times of crisis and upheaval, the storyteller has traditionally been asked to provide direction and meaning. Patrick Holland makes the case that our globalised world, with its valorisation of speed and ubiquitous chatter, is antithetical to the creative writer’s vocation. In this lecture, Holland offers ways that the writer might yet stand outside the ‘system of global flows’ and offer something valuable to the community in situations such as that which we are presently undergoing.

Patrick Holland is an Australian novelist and short story writer, and a devotee of literary minimalism. His works have been published in various countries including Australia, the U.S.A, the UK, Italy and Japan. His most recent novel, One, was longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. He was the Asia-Pacific representative judge for the 2016 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize and is currently an Assistant Professor of Humanities & Creative Writing at HKBU.


Lesson 1 - Introduction
Lesson 2 - Setting and POV
Lesson 3 - Character Development
Lesson 4 - Plot
Lesson 5 - Dynamic Writing