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The 16th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2021

The 16th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2021

Date & Time: 21 April 2021 6:00 p.m. (Nomination Deadline)
Hong Kong Public Libraries, Leisure and Cultural Services Department
2928 4202 (Extension Activities Unit, Hong Kong Public Libraries)
Monday - Friday (Except Public Hoildays): 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ; 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Since 1991, Hong Kong Public Libraries has organised bi-annually the "Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature". The awards aims to commend local writers for their outstanding achievements and encourage them to continue creating quality Chinese literary works, as well as promote publication of these quality works by local publishers.
Eligibility Requirements for Entries
Entries must be original Chinese Literatures (not a translation) written by local writers and have been firstly published in Hong Kong within the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020 (as recorded in the Colophon), and have been officially registered in the Books Registration Office.

The Awards is divided into five categories, i.e. Poetry, Essay, Fiction, Literary Criticism, and Children and Youth Literature.

• One Biennial Award and One Recommended Prize will be bestowed to each category.
• The awardee of the Biennial Award will receive a cash prize of HKD80,000.
• The awardee of the Recommended Prize will receive a cash prize of HKD25,000.
• Awardees and their publishers in each category will be awarded a trophy respectively.

Submission of Nomination
Completed nomination form with 6 copies of the nominated books should be submitted by registered mail or by hand within the working hour to :
Extension Activities Unit, Hong Kong Public Libraries, Room 901, 9/F, Fa Yuen Street Municipal Services Building, 123A Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok, Kowloon.
(Please mark “The 16th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature” on the envelope.
For nomination submitted by registered mail, please ensure that sufficient postage is affixed before posting. Any underpaid mail item will not be accepted by the Hong Kong Public Libraries and will be disposed of by the Hongkong Post. For the calculation of postage, please visit for more details.)

Nomination Deadline
21 April 2021     6 p.m.
(For nomination submitted by registered mail, the postmark date will be regarded as the date of nomination. Late nomination and mail items with insufficient postage will not be accepted.)

Result Announcement
Result will be announced in November 2021. All awardees will be individually informed of the details of the awards presentation and prize collection.

For Enquiry
2928 4202 (Extension Activities Unit, Hong Kong Public Libraries)
Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) : 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

# For the award details, please refer to the nomination form (Chinese Version Only) .