As of today, 322 students from 102 secondary and 220 primary schools have entered the competition for the Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2010.
The contest, organised by publisher P3, has invited students aged 14 and under for submissions using New Tales of the South China Sea as a theme.
A winner will be chosen from each of three age groups - nine-years-old and under, 10 to 11, and 12 to 14 years. The work can be poetry, non-fiction or fiction.
'My idea is to run the Hong Kong Young Writers Awards annually to encourage excellence in English literacy from Hong Kong's most able young writers,' said David Tait, the founder and publisher of P3.
Entries will be judged on imagination, language skills, originality, style, technical accuracy and intangible magic. The judges include Martin Alexander for the poetry category, Nury Vittachi for fiction and Martha Keswick for non-fiction.
The results will be announced on April 23. The anthology will be released the same day with 5,000 copies available for free redemption at Dymocks bookstores. It can also be purchased online.