39. Hong Kong’s FIRST 24-hour Short Story Contest: next weekend

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In what the Hong Kong Writers Circle anticipates becoming an essential annual event, next weekend will see a 24-hour challenge for local storytellers run for the first time.

The registration deadline has now passed but look out for a specially created website designed to accommodate all of the stories received that fit our criteria.

Inspired by the long-running French version of the 24-hour contest, we will be asking all our writers to work to a constraint – e.g. ‘no characters can be named’, ‘all characters must be naked’, ‘story must reference five ‘90s dance anthems’, ‘opening and closing lines should be identical’ etc. – to spice things up.

Announcing the constraint just before our writers begin work at 2pm on Saturday 3 October 2015 should ensure everyone comes up with something fresh and interesting.

As one of the organisers I won’t be submitting my own story but will write one over the same time period and publish it right here. Perhaps you’d like to do the same?

I’m thinking 1,000 words shamelessly manipulated to suit a suitably twisted constraint.

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15. Another Hong Kong – for your reading pleasure

Another Hong Kong

There are a multitude of perspectives in Hong Kong; more nationalities, cultures and minorities than you might imagine. In Another Hong Kong, a Hong Kong Writers Circle anthology of prose, poetry and creative non-fiction that I’ve been co-editing over the last few months, we can’t pretend to have covered all theses viewpoints – not while speculating on Hong Kong’s past, future and hidden present as well. However, we’ve done our best to pack as many alternative takes on the city as 250-odd pages will allow.

Another Hong Kong is officially launched on Thursday 13th March, at Culture Club Gallery, 15 Elgin Street, and includes a new short story from me called The Parachutist. This tall tale, full of ghosts, and featuring a mysterious American fugitive, is a tribute to time spent in old Wan Chai (as referenced on this blog occasionally) as well as to the Hong Kong teenagers I write for by day.

The book’s striking cover art is by Hong Kong artist Marc Allante who has about as many likes on his Facebook page as I have indifferent pauses. You can see what he’s doing right here.

***Please place your order now and spend your money on some non-designer Hong Kong shopping!!!***

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