The Young Writer's Competition 2017 is now open!

Around DB Life on Lantau Young Writer's Competition

Calling all budding young writers! The Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer's Competition 2017, sponsored by Bookazine, is now open for entries!

If you're a secondary school student living and/ or studying in Lantau, this is your chance to prove and improve your writing skills, express your ideas and get published!

This year we're looking for an account of 600 to 700 words written from the perspective of a famous historical figure.

From the articles submitted, our three mentors will each select a winning story and work on improving it with the author. The three finished articles will then be posted on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages for an online vote.

How it works

  • April 10: Deadline for submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • April 11 to 15: The mentors select three winning entries
  • April 16 to 30: Each mentor meets with one winning writer to provide advice on improving the article. The writer reworks the piece and resubmits it to his/ her mentor, before passing it to Around DB for online posting
  • May 2, 8am: The three winning articles are posted on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook page for readers to vote online
  • May 4, 6pm: Online voting ends
  • May 5: The results of Young Writer’s Competition (YWC) 2017 are posted on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages and www.arounddb.com

What you get

  • The winning article will be published in the June issues of both Around DB and Life on Lantau magazines
  • All three finalists will be profiled in the June issues of both Around DB and Life on Lantau
  • The three finalists will receive HK$1,000, HK$500 and HK$400 Bookazine vouchers for first, second and third place respectively
  • The three runners up will each receive HK$200 Bookazine vouchers
  • Prize giving will take place at Bookazine, the competition sponsor

So grab those pens and get writing! Entries should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 10.


About the mentors

Peter Sherwood is delighted to be reprising his role as a YWC mentor, and this year we are delighted to welcome Trisha Hughes and Sharon Lesley Le Roux on board to round out the mentoring team. All three mentors are writers and journalists of long-standing and, of course, Around DB and Life on Lantau contributors. Trisha, Sharon and Peter are thrilled to have this opportunity to share their insights and help our young readers get published for the first time.

2016 finalists Maria Andreeva, 14, Katrina Lowe, 13, and Ryan Harling, 16.

Image: Terry Chow

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