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Inaugural HKBU Century Club Citywide Poetry Competition and Reading 2019

Judge: Sarah Howe

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First Prize ($5,000 HKD): The Last Night Before Lunar New Year
By Liang Yanfeng (HKBU)

Second Prize ($3,000 HKD): Mummy Dearest
By Sky Clarke (EdUHK)

Third Prize ($1,000 HKD): Fish
By Ng Wing Yee, Janice (EdUHK)

First Runner-Up: In Memory of My Grandmother
By Ko I Lam, Elaine (HKBU)

Second Runner-Up: Moksha
by Pang Hin Shun, Matthew (EdUHK)

Third Runner-Up: Defining You
By Chan Wai Yu, Nikki (EdUHK)


The HKBU Century Club Citywide Poetry Competition is 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. The inaugural judge will be world-renowned UK poet Sarah Howe.

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 December 2018 to 13 February 2019, and the finalists will be announced in early-April 2019. HKBU will host the Century Club Citywide Poetry Reading in April 2019 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 Sarah Howe will serve as the judge for the 2019 competition. Howe’s first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. She has performed her work at festivals internationally and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Previous honours include a Hawthornden Fellowship and the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry, as well as fellowships from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She is a Lecturer in Poetry at King’s College London.

Submissions 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 during the open submission period (1 December 2018 – 13 February 2019 HKT 11:59PM). The finalists will be announced in early April.

HKBU will host the Century Club Citywide Poetry Reading in April 2019 to celebrate the winning poets. The date, time, and venue will be announced by early April 2019.

Important Dates
1 December 2018 – 13 February 2019 (HKT 11:59PM) Submission Period
April 2019 [Updated] Finalists announced
April 2019 Century Club Citywide Poetry Reading

Please direct any queries to this email address:

We look forward to your submission!

Organisers: Dr Tammy Lai-Ming Ho (HKBU) and Mr James Shea (HKBU)

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