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Applications open

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 6 OCTOBER 2024
AWARD CEREMONY: 24 NOVEMBER 2024
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a World of Imagination

This year's theme, A World of Imagination, seeks to inspire and engage with all things fantastical, wonderful, and imaginative.

Get started

  1. Calculate your event age using the calculator below

  2. Choose from both or either of your age's Story and/or Poetry Writing prompts

  3. Your poem must use the title offered in the prompt and your prose must begin with the starting phrase offered in the prompt

About the Festival

The Creative Writing Festival is a Hong Kong-wide creating writing competition organised by the Hotung Mills Education Foundation and the English-Speaking Union in Hong Kong. It invites young writers to explore their creativity and English writing skills through poetry and prose. Participants are invited to an an annual awards ceremony, during which they have the opportunity to interact with local and international authors and literary judges, receive prizes, and befriend other fellow young writers.

Find Your Event Age

The event age is the age your child will be on submission deadline, 6 October 2024

Please note that your child's event age and current age may not be the same

Please select one of the prompts from the list below. The prompt should reflect yout child's event age, even if that differs from your child's current age.

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5

Age

Title: The Magic Garden

Word count: 30 - 50 words

Poetry Writing

6

Age

Title: The Secret Door

Word count: 40 - 60 words

Poetry Writing

7

Age

Title: My Invisible Friend

Word count: 50 - 70 words

Poetry Writing

8

Age

Title: The Lost Island

Word count: 60 - 80 words

Poetry Writing

9

Age

Title: The Enchanted Book

Word count: 70 - 90 words

Poetry Writing

10

Age

Title: The Robot School

Word count: 80 - 100 words

Poetry Writing

11

Age

Title: The Time Travelling Rucksack

Word count: 90 - 110 words

Poetry Writing

12

Age

Title: The Whispering Paintings

Word count: 100 - 120 words

Poetry Writing

5

Age

Title: The Whispering Paintings

Starting Phrase: “Paintings are boring!” protested Alex.

“Not these,” replied Ling with a grin. “Honestly, just give me five minutes. You’ll see ...”

Word count: 100 - 150 words

Story Writing

6

Age

Title: The Time Travelling Rucksack

Starting Phrase: At the bottom of a pile at the charity sale, there was an extraordinary rucksack. “I think it’s glowing,” whispered Sam in awe ...

Word count: 150 - 200 words

Story Writing

7

Age

Title: The Robot School

Starting Phrase: “Why are all the teachers acting so strangely?”

“Welcome to Robot School!” said the voice over the intercom ...

Word count: 200 - 250 words

Story Writing

8

Age

Title: The Enchanted Book

Starting Phrase: There was a book in the library that hadn’t been touched for years. Its cover was worn, but it had beautiful gold letters that sparkled in the light ...

Word count: 250 - 300 words

Story Writing

9

Age

Title: The Lost Island

Starting Phrase: While sailing with her family, Emma spotted an island that wasn't on the map.

"Let's explore!" she squealed with excitement...

Word count: 300 - 350 words

Story Writing

10

Age

TitleMy Invisible Friend

Starting Phrase: "We're such good friends. If only I could see you!" said Jamie to the space beside him...

Word count: 350 - 400 words

Story Writing

11

Age

Title: The Secret Door

Starting Phrase: Behind the beautiful door lay a world of fabulous secrets...

Word count: 400 - 450 words

Story Writing

12

Age

Title: The Magic Garden

Starting phrase: Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a garden sparkled with magic...

Word count: 450 - 500 words

Story Writing

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