The Standard is organising the 3rd Story Writing Competition to encourage Hong Kong primary schools students to compose imaginative stories. While developing their creativity at a young age, students will also increase their confidence in expressing themselves and also improve their English writing skills at the same time. Writing awards will be given to individuals who write the best stories in terms of writing quality and completeness. Well-written stories may also be published in Goodies and Junior Standard.


All local primary schools students (Grade 6 or lower students from international schools)

Individual and School awards

There are seven fiction awards for the seven plots of fiction categories. The winners of each category will be shortlisted to win the overall Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up awards. A further five merit awards will also be presented.

The school with the highest number of entries submitted with the 'School Submission Form*' will also be awarded.

The Seven Plots of Fiction

Students submit entries based on the Seven Plots of Fiction. The best story of each plot will be presented the corresponding fiction award.

1. Defeating evil The hero has to defeat a ‘monster’, which can be anything evil. The hero saves his family or his world from evil, eg, Dracula, Little Red Riding Hood, The Hunger Games.
2. Poor to rich A poor and sad person goes through many tough challenges but wins in the end and lives happily ever after, eg, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Oliver Twist, Aladdin.
3. The quest The hero travels to another place to find something important and has to face many tough challenges along the way, eg, One Piece, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Lightning Thief, The Missing Piece.
4. Journey and return The main character, who has a boring life, goes to a strange and magical world and has an adventure. The hero returns home as a better person, eg, Jack and the Beanstalk, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
5. Comedy Stories to make you laugh. The hero wants to achieve something but many things block his way, which are funny. In the end he wins, eg, Mr Bean, SpongeBob SquarePants, Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan.
6. Tragedy This is an unhappy story where a character tries hard to reach a goal and fails, eg, Romeo and Juliet.
7. Born again The main character has done something wrong but has to change so that he or she can be happy, eg, Frozen, A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Supporting graphics (Optional)
Students are encouraged to submit one image or artwork in addition to their writing. It may be in the form of a hand-drawn picture, a photo or a handicraft.
Competition schedule
Submission period Now – 31 May 2018
Results announcement August 2018
Award and Prize details:
Fiction awards Defeating evil
Poor to rich
The quest
Journey and return
Born again
Scoring criteria: creativity; originality; ability to arouse readers’ interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.) A trophy
A certificate
Writer awards Champion

First Runner-Up

Second Runner-Up
These awards will be selected among the seven winners of the category awards. A trophy
A certificate
Merit awards Merits x 5 A certificate
School award The highest number of entries submitted with the ‘School Submission Form*’ A trophy
Competition Rules
Eligibility All local primary schools students (Grade 6 or lower students of international schools)
Language English only
Format Entries must be submitted either online or in paper format (A4) by post.
All other formats such as through email or fax will not be accepted.
Writing Limit 500 words
Judging criteria Creativity; originality; ability to arouse readers’ interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.)
Judges A panel of judges comprising teachers, authors and news editors
Submission period Now – 31 May 2018
For the school award, all entries must be submitted by a representative of the school in paper format by post. A valid ‘School Submission Form’ must be completed and stamped with the school chop.

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