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The HKBU Century Club Citywide
English Poetry Competition 2021

Eunice Andrada

The HKBU Century Club Citywide English Poetry Competition will be inviting submissions of poetry, in partnership with the HKBU Century Club, Department of English Language & Literature, Department of Humanities & Creative Writing, and the International Writers’ Workshop at Hong Kong Baptist University in association with the Hong Kong Poetry Festival Foundation, in November 2020. The esteemed judge this year is Eunice Andrada, whose debut poetry collection Flood Damages won the Anne Elder Award (2018) and was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (2019) and the Mary Gilmore Award (2019). 

This competition is open to all current full-time undergraduate students enrolled in one of the eight UGC-funded universities. Only one entry per student is allowed. Graduate students, exchange students, and part-time students are not eligible. The eight UGC-funded universities are:

  • City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
  • Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
  • Lingnan University (LU)
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  • The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
  • The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Prizes include $5,000 HKD for 1st place; $3,000 HKD for 2nd place; and $1,000 HKD for 3rd place. The submission period runs from 1 November 2020 to 15 February 2021, and the finalists will be announced in April 2021. HKBU will organise the Century Club Citywide English Poetry Reading and Award Ceremony in April or May 2021 to celebrate the winning poets. There is no fee to submit a poem, and all submissions will be read anonymously by the judge. Please note there is no theme for this poetry competition. You are welcome to write a poem on any topic, but the poem must not have been published previously, either online or in print. Award-winning poet Eunice Andrada will serve as the judge for the 2021 competition. Please click HERE to find out more about her.

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Submissions for consideration must include 2 PDF files:

PDF #1

  • Photocopy of your valid student ID;

  • Your contact information, including your full name, email address, phone number, degree programme, and year of study.

PDF #2

  • One poem of no more than 1 A4-size page in 12-point Times New Roman. Please DO NOT include your name in this document.

Email your submission to citywide@hkbu.edu.hk during the open submission period (1 November 2020 to 15 February 2021, HKT 11:59PM). The finalists will be announced in early-March.

HKBU will host the Century Club Citywide English Poetry Reading and Award Ceremony in April or May 2021 to celebrate the winning poets. The date, time, and venue will be announced in early April 2021.

Important Dates
1 November 2020 to 15 February 2021 (HKT 11:59PM) Submission Period
Early-April 2021 Finalists announced
Late-April 2021 Century Club Citywide English Poetry Reading and Award Ceremony

Please direct any queries to this email address: citywide@hkbu.edu.hk.

We look forward to your submission!

Organisers: Dr Tammy Lai-Ming HO (HKBU) and Dr Patrick HOLLAND (HKBU)

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