Budding authors take note, eh, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is now presenting the second annual Maple Leaf Short Story Competition. Contrary to what you might think, the literary venture won't be limited to people holding a Canuck passport. Instead, it's open to all residents of Hong Kong and Macau, over the age of 12. The contest aims to highlight the writing talent in Hong Kong. The theme this year is 'Looking Back, Looking Forward', coinciding with the chamber's 30th anniversary in Hong Kong as well as the city's tenth year as a special administrative region. This may be interpreted any way you choose. Last year's title was called At Home Away (pictured). There will be two categories for writers under and over 18 years old. Winners in each group will receive a cash prize, plus publication in an anthology by the chamber as well as on the Asian Review of Books' website. The winner of the senior category will also get a one-on-one consultation with publishing house Chameleon Press. Entrants should send in three hard copies of their work; each one should include a contact sheet with name, age, contact details (phone, e-mail address, mailing address, and Hong Kong ID number). Direct them to: Suite 1301, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central, attention 'Maple Leaf Short Story Competition'. The deadline is September 14, and there's an entry fee of HK$50. For more info, check their website www.cancham.org .