Citywide 2020

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The HKBU Century Club Citywide
English Poetry Competition & Exhibition 2020

Judge: Srikanth Reddy

Author Photo (Reddy)

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First Prize ($5,000 HKD): Yellow Stains on Your Chinese Blue
By Chow Yue Ching, Felix (HKU)
Corresponding artwork by Ng Yuk Tsang, Albert

Second Prize ($3,000 HKD): How to Make a Mixed Baby
By Gloria Chioma Onuoha (EdUHK)
Corresponding artwork by Wong Kwan Ho, Kwan

Third Prize ($1,000 HKD): What happened between us in Kathmandu
By Sharon Rai (HKU)
Corresponding artwork by Huang Wa Yi, Alistar

First Runner-Up: Yu
By Chan Wai Yu, Nikki (EdUHK)
Corresponding artwork by Zeng Chi Pang, Triple

Second Runner-Up: A walk near the Victoria Harbour
By Lo Chun Hung, Christopher (EdUHK)
Corresponding artwork by Fong Ka Yu, Katy and Wong Sze Na, Cilla

Third Runner-Up: Bring Me Anywhere
By Chan Chong Yan (HKU)
Corresponding artwork by Gabrielle, Bas Gabrielle Arimado

Fourth Runner-Up: To The Waters
By Chu Charmaine Antonia (HKBU)
Corresponding artwork by Wong Tsz Yan, Jasper


The HKBU Century Club Citywide English 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 esteemed judge this year is Srikanth Reddy, whose poetry collection – Facts for Visitors won 2005 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. 

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 2019 to 14 February 2020, and the finalists will be announced in early-April 2020. HKBU will organise the Century Club Citywide English Poetry Exhibition and Reading in late-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 Srikanth Reddy will serve as the judge for the 2020 competition.

Reddy is the author of Voyager, which was named one of the best books of poetry in 2011 by The New Yorker, The Believer, and National Public Radio; and his first collection, Facts for Visitors, won the 2005 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, he is currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. His next book of poetry, Underworld Lit, will be published by Wave Books in Spring 2020.

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 November 2019 to 14 February 2020, HKT 11:59PM). The finalists will be announced in early-March.

HKBU will host the Century Club Citywide English Poetry Exhibition and Reading in April 2020 to celebrate the winning poets. The date, time, and venue will be announced by end of March 2020.

Important Dates
1 November 2019 to 14 February 2020 (HKT 11:59PM) Submission Period
Early-April 2020 Finalists announced
Late-April 2020 Century Club Citywide English Poetry Exhibition and 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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