Objectives
  • To encourage secondary schools students in Hong Kong to express their thoughts on social affairs and related subjects that they read about in news every day.
  • To increase their confidence in learning and also improve their English writing skills at the same time.
  • To assist school teachers with preparing English writing assignments for students.
  • To share well-written essays with the public through the Junior Standard and Student Standard.

Eligibility
  • All local secondary schools students (Grade 7 or upper students of international schools)
* Students can enter either the junior (S1-S3 / G7-9) group or the senior group (S4-S6 / G10-G12) to win an award ; students can submit more than one entry throughout the Competition.

Individual and School awards

There are four preset questions for both the junior group and the senior group.

Students entering the junior group are required to write an article based on one of the four preset questions below:

Questions for Junior Group
1. An increasing number of Hong Kong parents choose to send their children overseas to study there at primary, secondary or university level. Most children under 18 years old attend a boarding school where they live in dormitories with the other students. For many of them, this is the first time they have left home to live in a foreign country.

Write an essay for your school news website about why parents do this, the difficulties children face and what they benefit from the experience. Give your essay a title.
2. Historic buildings and declared monuments are protected by law in Hong Kong. Currently, there are 126 declared monuments and 1,444 historic buildings with more to be added to the lists at a future date.

Write a newspaper feature article on why we need to protect heritage sites. Provide some examples of sites that have benefited from the government’s protection and what they mean to Hong Kong society.
3. You have recently watched a film or a TV series that many people are talking about on a streaming site.

Write a review of that film or TV series. Include a brief description of the plot, interesting features it has, what you did not like about it, the quality of the acting, etc. Give your review a title.
4. The internet provides students with many ways to learn at home. Students can now receive lessons at home through video communication apps or take online courses.

Write an essay for a student magazine on the pros and cons of learning outside the classroom, and discuss if this can one day replace going to school for lessons. Give your magazine article a title.
Students from the senior group have to write an article based on one of the four preset questions below:

Questions for Senior Group
1. The third wave of immigration has sparked in Hong Kong. Almost 40% Hong Kong families are taking immigration into serious consideration, achieving a quality education for their children becomes one of the top priorities.

  • Write an essay for your school article
  • Explain what is the best age for children to study abroad and ways to adapt to a different learning atmosphere.
  • Include a title for your essay.
2. The emergence of a service reservoir on Hong Kong Island dating back to 1908 provokes hot controversy in the society. Should all historical heritage be well conserved? As these precious buildings are the living proof of local history and cultural development, whereas insufficient land supply creates a series of social problems in Hong Kong.

  • Write an argumentative essay
  • Choose one side of the argument and state your position, giving reasons and evidence to support your view.
  • Include a title for your essay.
3. You are the editor of the school blog. You have been asked to introduce a new YouTube hot video series “Pui Pui Guinea Pigs Cars” which goes super viral recently.

  • Write a review of the video series
  • Include a brief description of the plot, how the animation is directed and the reasons of its large popularity.
  • Give your review a title
4. Thanks to the pandemic, online learning experience for students is progressing steadily in Hong Kong. “The policy of distance learning should be promoted to replace on-site classes in the future.”

  • Write a debate speech
  • Argue for OR against the motion.
The winners of each will be shortlisted to be chosen as the overall Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up. A further ten merit awards will also be presented.

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

Essay types

Students tackle one of the four preset questions by following the requirements of each question. The students must decide which question they are going to answer and submit it within the time period as shown below. They can also submit more than one entry throughout the Competition.

Competition schedule
Submission period Now – 30 June 2021
Result announcement August 2021

Awards and Prizes details – Junior Group
Champion Scoring criteria: Knowledge of the subjects; displays a critical-thinking mind; logic (flow of writing); originality; ability to arouse readers’ interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.) A trophy
+
A certificate
First Runner-Up
Second Runner-Up
Merits x 10 A certificate
Awards and Prizes details – Senior Group
Champion Scoring criteria: Knowledge of the subjects; displays a critical-thinking mind; logic (flow of writing); originality; ability to arouse readers’ interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.) A trophy
+
A certificate
First Runner-Up
Second Runner-Up
Merits x 10 A certificate
Other prizes
Most Participating School award The highest number of entries submitted with the ‘School Submission Form*’ A certificate
Competition Rules
Eligibility All local secondary schools students (Grade 7 or upper students of international schools)
* Students can enter either the junior (S1-S3 / G7-G9) group or the senior group (S4-S6 / G10-G12) to win an award
Language English only
Format Entries must be submitted either online or in paper format (A4) by post.
All other formats such as through e-mail or fax will not be accepted.
Writing Limit 300 words – 1000 words in general
Judging criteria Knowledge of the subject; displays a critical-thinking mind; logic (flow of writing); 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 – 30 June 2021

* In order to win 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.


Terms and Regulations:
1. Participants must specify the category their writing fits in and submit all entries by 30 June 2021.
2. For an individual submission, an entry can be submitted either by online or in paper format by post. A valid 'Individual Submission Form' must be completed and submitted with the entry. If it is submitted in paper format, please mark the envelope as 'English Writing Competition - Individual' and send by post to The Standard Marketing, 3/F, Sing Tao News Corporation Building, 7 Chun Cheong Street, Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong.
3. For a school submission, all entries must be submitted in paper format by a representative of the school. A valid 'School Submission Form' must be completed and stamped with the school chop. Only these entries will be eligible for the school award. Each school can submit more than once throughout the Competition. Please mark the envelope as 'English Writing Competition - School' and send by post to The Standard Marketing, 3/F, Sing Tao News Corporation Building, 7 Chun Cheong Street, Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong.
4. The final results will be announced in August 2021 on www.thestandard.com.hk. Only the winners will be notified.
5. The decision of the panel of judges is final and is not subject to appeal.
6. Staff and relatives of Sing Tao News Corporation cannot join the competition.
7. If the submission form is not enclosed or the entry form has not been filled in properly, the entry will be disqualified.
8. Participants can submit more than one entry. Each entry must be the participant's original work. Any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification.
9. If the participant is found to have violated the terms of the competition, copyright or other Hong Kong legislation, the entry will be disqualified.
10. Copyright of all entries belongs to The Standard. We have the right to duplicate, issue, publish or adopt the entries for any other purposes. We may publish any of the entries on the official publications or other formats for marketing purposes.
11. The Standard has the final decision on all details related to the competition, and reserves the right to revise the details without prior announcement.







For queries please email us at marketing@thestandard.com.hk .


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