This December, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal will turn eight years old. To mark the occasion, we are running a poetry contest that focuses unashamedly on the city that the journal calls home—Hong Kong. Send us poems that describe, praise, critique, interrogate, eulogise or curse Hong Kong and its history, grievances, politics, people, places, faces, traces.
Each poet can submit up to two poems (no more than 80 lines long each).
Poems must be previously unpublished.
Entry is free.
- 31 July 2015
- First: £50, Second: £30, Third: £15, Highly Commended (up to 5): £10 each. (Payable through Paypal.)
- All winning poems (including the highly recommended ones) will receive first publication in a special section in the Eighth Anniversary Issue of Cha, due out in December 2015.
The prizes were generously donated by an anonymous patron who loves Hong Kong.
- Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Hong Kong”.
- Poems must be sent in the body of the email.
- Please also include a short biography of no more than 30 words.
Previous Cha contests:
- “The Other Side” (poery)
- “Reconciliation” (poetry)
- “Void” (poetry)
- “Encountering” (poetry)
- “The Past” (poetry)
- “Misinterpretation” (flash fiction)
- “Betrayal” (poetry)
- “Fine Tea Competition” (commentary/criticism)