Winners of HK Top Story 2015 contest named by RTHK, EJ Insight

December 24, 2015 16:09
(Back row, from right) Jeff Pao and Lisa Liu were impressed by the quality of the creative writing in the entries for Hong Kong's Top Story 2015. Photo: RTHK

The winners of “Hong Kong’s Top Story 2015”, an English-language writing competition, have been named, and you can enjoy reading their stories below.

This year, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 3 joined hands with EJ Insight for the first time to organize the search for the top fiction-writing talent in the city.

The judges sifted through nearly 200 entries from the community to come up with three prize-winners in each of the junior and adult categories.

An award in each category was also given to the most creative entry.

The theme of the competition, which was launched in mid-September was “Balance”.

All the submitted stories had to be relevant to Hong Kong by way of subject matter, characters or setting.

At the award presentation held Dec. 17 at RTHK, Lisa Liu, the assistant director of broadcasting for radio and corporate programming, said the competition has once again attracted many talented writers.

Liu said she especially appreciated the efforts of young students to put creative ideas into effective words.

Creative writing skills are important in the internet era, as most media companies are competing on the quality of their stories, EJ Insight's chief reporter, Jeff Pao, said in a speech. 

Jason Y. Ng, a Hong Kong blogger, said writers should save the time they spend browsing their mobile phones on the street and spend it instead looking around and generating interesting story ideas.

The junior category of the competition was open to secondary students (aged 12 to 17), and the adult category to people aged 18 and above.

This year, all the eight prize-winners happened to be female.

Winners in each category were presented with books from Pan Macmillan and dining vouchers from Lan Kwai Fong Group.

The winning stories are also being published on the RTHK website and will be broadcast soon.

Junior Category:

First Prize: White Washed – Rachel Au

Second Prize: Balance – Rebecah Lin Xueping

Third Prize: The Tin Soldier – Ynes Sarah Filleul

Most Creative Award: Don’t Think – Clarissa Siu Long-ning

Adult Category:

First Prize: Balanced Rock – Tiffany Tang Pui-lam

Second Prize: A Different Kind of Balancing – Doris Lee

Third Prize: Home Amongst the Lost Souls – Sonia Leung Fong-ling

Most Creative Award: Floating – Florence Au Mei-yan

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