Enter the 'Young Post' 2019 Summer Short Story Competition to become a published author and win an awesome prize!

Enter the 'Young Post' 2019 Summer Short Story Competition to become a published author and win an awesome prize!

Winning entries will be connected into an anthology and published as an illustrated book

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Enter the 'Young Post' Summer Short Story writing competition.
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Calling all aspiring writers – our Summer Short Story Competition is now open for entries.

The theme for this year is:

“Lost and Found”

You can interpret this however you want, and can be either fiction or non-fiction. Be imaginative!


What you need to do:

  • Write a story that is 1,800-2,000 words long.
  • The story must be all your own work and must be set in Hong Kong.
  • On your story’s first page, write your name, age, school, and contact phone number.
  • Email yp@scmp.com with “Lost and Found” in the subject field and attach your story and a high res (1MB at least) jpg photo of yourself (we accept selfies!)

Our favourite entries will not only be published in our Summer Holiday editions, but will also be compiled into a bound and illustrated book. The selected entrants will each receive a copy of this book and the ultimate winner will also get an awesome prize. Good luck!

The closing date for entries is June 16.


Terms & Conditions

  • The contest is only open to secondary school students in Hong Kong.
  • ​The competition is not open to South China Morning Post staff or their families.
  • ​Each contestant can only submit one entry
  • Entries must be the contestant's original work
  • ​Contestants retain copyright of their submitted entries. However, by entering this competition, contestants grant South China Morning Post Publishers’ Limited the rights to edit, publish and use each entry in any and all media platforms, including in print and online
  • The judges’ decision is final.

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