Organised by CityU’s Department of Chinese and History (CAH), and sponsored by Tin Ka Ping Foundation and Mr ZHANG Da Peng, “City Literary Awards” was held again in 2022 to enhance Chinese creative writing standard of the younger generation in Hong Kong. A series of creative writing lectures was provided to secondary school and tertiary institution students before the event to share with them useful writing skills in different genres.
To give students sufficient time of writing their works during the fifth wave of pandemic, the submission deadline was extended to 1 June 2022. A total of 889 entries were received, among which 349 entries were from tertiary institutions, and 540 from 119 secondary schools. On 3 December 2022, CAH held an award presentation ceremony at Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, CityU. It was attended by officiating guests from CityU’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), local writers, who are also the members of the judging panel, the advisors of the competition, and the 60-plus awardees.
Professor CHING May-bo, Head of CAH welcomed all at the ceremony and expressed gratitude to the continuous support from Tin Ka Ping Foundation and Mr Zhang Da Peng. She also thanked the advisors, judges and secondary school teacher supervisors for their efforts in making the events happened during suspension of face-to-face classes amid the pandemic.
Next, Professor Richard M WALKER, Dean of CLASS, made an acknowledgement speech and remarked on the meaningful collaboration between CAH, teachers and local writers, which also serves as an excellent opportunity of facilitating teachers’ development and promoting knowledge transfer among teachers.
The winners of both Secondary School Category and Tertiary Institution Category showed great passion to literature and shared that they enjoyed the writing process despite the fact that they needed to stay home most of the time for online learning last year. Before the closing of the ceremony, judges were invited to comment on the award-winning works. They praised students’ in-depth thinking, rich creativity and acute observation. Their inspiring feedback and encouragement propelled the students to take on new challenges and strive for excellence.
To view the list of awardees and the photos taken at the ceremony, please click here.