Writing Competition

1 December 2021

2nd COVID Writing Competition

Result Announcement Click here for the result and congratulations to all the awardees!   Overview How do we recover from the pandemic? What does it mean for individuals, communities, Hong Kong, or the world? So much has happened over the past two years. The pandemic has wrought profound changes on everyone at all levels of society. How many of these changes are permanent? How many will be forgotten once the virus loses its hold over humanity? These are some of the questions underpinning this year’s COVID Writing competition. Perhaps you have other questions, other issues on the theme of recovery. On our questions or on yours, we would welcome your submission. We invite secondary school students to address these topics in one of two types of essays: a personal reflection or a piece of creative writing. 1. Personal Reflection (Junior and Senior Categories, Open and DSE Streams) Either (1) A first-person narrative: This is based on your own experiences and views on the topic of recovering from the pandemic: how were you affected by COVID-19? Have you recovered from it, or not? Are things back to normal, or not? Where do you go from here? Or (2) Be an investigator: Go out and talk with people in your family, friends, your local community (teachers, people in your neighbourhood, clubs and societies) and write an oral history. How do you do this? Come up with some questions to ask people on the topic of recovery, ask people your questions and write down the answers, look through their answers to identify common themes or topics and write about how these themes relate to recovering from the pandemic. 2. Creative Writing Stopping the next pandemic: Design and Innovation (Junior category: Open and DSE Streams) Invent a device that could be used in the next pandemic and write a short story detailing its use in the next pandemic. What does it do? How was it created? Does it work as intended? How do people react? Remember that this is a piece of creative writing but the invention and its use need to be logical within the story. A Recovered Future? (Senior category: Open and DSE Streams) Set 50 years in the future, how did Hong Kong recover? How successful was the recovery? Were there unexpected consequences? What does a “recovered” Hong Kong now look like? These are just some questions to get you started. This is your creative writing piece, so you decide how things turn out. Write from your own perspective in the form of your choice (for example, a diary entry, a letter, or work of fiction), as long as recovering from the virus is at the centre of the submission. Types for Submission Essay formats: (1) Personal Reflection (2) Creative Writing Two Categories: i. Junior (S1-3) ii. Senior (S4 or above) Two Streams: (a) DSE [for those students who are studying or will study the DSE curriculum] (b) Open [for those students who are not studying a DSE-oriented curriculum – usually (but not exclusively) IB or international students] Prizes Winners in each category/stream will receive: First: HK$1,000 book coupons Second: HK$500 book coupons Instructions for Submission Please read the instructions for submission, and submit your work by filling the Google Form. Closing Date 28 February 2022, Monday, 3pm Enquiries Tel: 3442-6541 / 3442-5843 Email: COVID19.competition@cityu.edu.hk (You may refer to the poster for more details)
1 December 2021

3rd COVID Writing Competition

Overview What has been the impact of the pandemic over the last three years? What has it meant for individuals and communities in Hong Kong? So much has happened over the past three years. The pandemic has wrought profound changes on everyone and at all levels of society. What has changed? What has stayed the same? How many of these changes are permanent? How many changes will be forgotten once the virus loses its hold over humanity? These are some of the questions underpinning this year’s COVID Writing competition. Perhaps you have other questions, other issues on the theme of impact. On our questions or on yours, we would welcome your submission. We invite secondary school students to address these topics in one of two types of essays: a personal reflection or a piece of oral history. Personal Reflection A first-person narrative. This is based on your own experiences of the pandemic: How did COVID impact your life over the last three years? What was your life like before the pandemic? What is your life like now? In what ways has COVID had a lasting impact on who you are? In what ways do you think that your pre-COVID life will return once the pandemic recedes? Where do you go from here? These are some questions to get you started but you should feel free to go beyond them if there is something else related to the theme of impact that you want to discuss/reflect upon. Oral History Be an investigator. Go out and talk with your family, friends, people in your local community (teachers, people in your neighbourhood, clubs and societies) and write an oral history of the social impact of the pandemic over the last three years. How do you do this? Come up with some questions to ask people on the topic of “impact”. Some questions that you might like to think about to get you started could include: How much of an impact has the pandemic had on their lives? How has their life changed since the start of the pandemic? How do they think Hong Kong has changed since the pandemic started? Are these good changes or bad changes or just changes? Do they think the changes will be permanent or will things shift back once the pandemic ends? Ask people your questions and write down the answers, look through their answers to identify common themes or topics and write about how these themes relate to recovering from the pandemic. Again, please do not feel bound by these questions. This is your work. If you think other issues are more interesting within the context of “impact”, then feel free to develop them. Remember to include a title page with your submission. This is important! The title page should have your name, your school, the category you are submitting to, the stream you are in, and an email contact. All of these need to be clearly listed. Types for Submissions Essay formats: (1) Personal Reflection (2) Oral History One submission per student. Two Categories: i. Junior (S1-3) ii. Senior (S4 or above) Two Streams: (a) DSE (for those students who are studying or will study the DSE curriculum) (b) Open (for those students who are not studying a DSE-oriented curriculum – usually (but not exclusively) IB or international curriculum students) Prizes Winners in each category/stream will receive: First: HK$1,000 book coupons Second: HK$500 book coupons Students whose work is deemed to be excellent but outside the top two submissions will receive a Certificate of Distinction All students will receive a Certificate of Participation Event Details Please refer to the event poster. Instructions for Submission Junior Category essays (both personal reflections and oral histories) should be 1000 words, +/- 10%, formatted in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and submitted as PDF documents. Essays not meeting these criteria will not be considered. Senior Category essays (both personal reflections and oral histories) should be 1300 words, +/- 10%, formatted in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and submitted as PDF documents. Essays not meeting these criteria will not be considered. Please submit your essays (do not forget about the title page) to 3rd COVID Writing Competition for Secondary School Students […]