Theme of the Year

When you face isolation, do you feel lonely, or do you welcome the peace and quiet? Engage with that feeling of remoteness, write a short story with the theme “Solitude” in less than 2,000 words, and win great prizes!

Junior: Hong Kong residents aged 12-17
Adult: Hong Kong residents aged 18 or above

1st Prize

  • Book coupons worth $1,500
  • One-hour consultation session with renowned author Xu Xi from Mongrel Writers Residence

2nd Prize

  • Book coupons worth $1,000

3rd Prize

  • Book coupons worth $800

Most Creative Awards

  • Book coupons worth $800
Judges: RTHK staff and renowned author Xu Xi from Mongrel writers Residence
Deadline for entries: 27 November 2020
Upload Entry:
(Less than 2,000 words, pdf format only)
Upload Entry:
(Less than 2,000 words, pdf format only)
Upload Entry:
(Less than 2,000 words, pdf format only)

Terms and Conditions

  1. All submitted stories must:
    • be inspired by the theme of “Solitude” and be written in English by Hong Kong residents.
    • be an original, previously unpublished work written by the participant.
    • be not more than 2,000 words.
    • not defame any living person, corporate body, infringe or breach any rights of copyright.
  2. Participants can submit their story by visiting HERE, emailing to or posting to PO BOX 70200 Kowloon.
  3. Participants can submit more than one story.
  4. By submitting an entry, participants agree to the publication/broadcast of their work by RTHK.
  5. All personal data provided will be used for the competition only and will be destroyed within one month after the official presentation of prizes to the winners.
  6. The judges’ decision is final.
  7. The competition is not open to employees of RTHK, or their immediate family members.
  8. Winners will be announced in February 2021.