Cha "Hong Kong" Poetry Contest





Hong Kong

A Cha Poetry contest
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.

Rules:

  • Each poet can submit up to two poems (no more than 80 lines long each).
  • Poems must be previously unpublished
  • Entry is free.
Closing date:
  • 31 July 2015
Prizes:
  • 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.
Submission:
  • Submissions should be sent to t@asiancha.com 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:


Cha "The Other Side" Poetry Contest — Finalists





The Other Side

A Cha Poetry contest
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This contest is run by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. It is for unpublished poems on the theme of “The Other Side”.

SHORTLISTED POETS
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Judges:

  • Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, a Hong Kong-born poet, is founding co-editor of Cha. Her latest project is Desde Hong Kong: Poets in conversation with Octávio Paz.
  • Vinita Agrawal, author of Words Not Spoken, is a Mumbai-based, award winning-poet and writer. She was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards 2011 and awarded first prize in the Wordweavers Contest 2014, commendation prize in the All India Poetry Competition 2014 and won the 2014 Hour of Writes Contest twice.
Prizes:
  • First: £30, Second: £20, 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 March 2015 issue of Cha.
The prizes were generously donated by a reader living in Australia.

Previous Cha contests:


Cha "The Other Side" Poetry Contest





The Other Side

A Cha Poetry contest
http://www.asiancha.com
This contest is run by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. It is for unpublished poems on the theme of “The Other Side”.

::: SEE THE FINALISTS HERE ::: 
::: SEE THE WINNERS HERE :::

Judges:

  • Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, a Hong Kong-born poet, is founding co-editor of Cha. Her latest project is Desde Hong Kong: Poets in conversation with Octávio Paz.
  • Vinita Agrawal, author of Words Not Spoken, is a Mumbai-based, award winning-poet and writer. She was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards 2011 and awarded first prize in the Wordweavers Contest 2014, commendation prize in the All India Poetry Competition 2014 and won the 2014 Hour of Writes Contest twice.

Rules:

  • Each poet can submit up to two poems (no more than 80 lines long each).
  • Poems must be previously unpublished
  • Entry is free.
Closing date:
  • 15 February 2015
Prizes:
  • First: £30, Second: £20, 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 March 2015 issue of Cha.
The prizes were generously donated by a reader living in Australia.
Submission:
  • Submissions should be sent to t@asiancha.com with the subject line “The Other Side”.
  • 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:


Cha "Reconciliation" Poetry Contest – 8 winning poems





Reconciliation

A Cha Poetry contest
This contest is run by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. It is for unpublished poems on the theme of “Reconciliation” 
We have selected the following eight winning poems, which will all be published in the Seventh Anniversary Issue of Cha, due out in late December 2014 or early January 2015. 
// Naveed Alam, “Wagah-Atari”
// L.S. Bassen, “Aunt Esther”
// Manjiri Indurkar, “Schizophrenia”
// Jeffrey Javier, “Blackout”
// Jeffrey Javier, “Missing”
// Jyotsna Jha, “Everything Is In Place Except Me”
// Meg Eden Kuyatt, “Portrait in a Fujisaki Apartment”
// Robert Perchan, “Miss Min’s Monday Morning Magic”

Judges:

  • Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is a Hong Kong-born poet. She is a founding co-editor of Cha
  • Jason Eng Hun Lee has been published in a number of journals and he has been a finalist for numerous international prizes, including the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (2012) and the Hong Kong University’s Poetry Prize (2010).
Prizes:
  • 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 Seventh Anniversary Issue of Cha.
The prizes were generously donated by an expat reader residing in Hong Kong.

Previous Cha contests:


Whither Hong Kong? A Preface

http://www.asiancha.com/content/blogcategory/258/473/
In early July, we sent out a call for poems about the Chinese Government’s White Paper on the “One Country, Two Systems” principle in Hong Kong. At the time, the publication of the paper, which formally precluded true democracy within the city, felt like a watershed moment in Hong Kong history and one that we wanted, in our own small way, to capture in the journal. 

What we couldn’t have foreseen was how the White Paper would lead to subsequent events in the city, especially the Umbrella Revolution. None of us could have imagined how protest sites would blossom on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon or how determined the protesters would be in face of government resistance. Nor could we have foreseen how the protests would leave their mark on the city: the ‘Lennon Wall’ at Civic Square and it’s tapestry of post-its showing how voices are many and one; a solitary yellow umbrella on an Admiralty stage; banners with the words of Lu Xun draped from footbridges.
It is within this context that we launch this special feature, which will hopefully serve as a record of our collective desire for democracy. The poems curated here are as much about the experiences of the Occupy movement and the ‘on-the-ground’ protests as they are about the original White Paper. They capture the emotions, reflections and hopes of people living in Hong Kong at this historic moment. This collection is perhaps another “wall” of post-its, reminding us of how the passion for poetry resonates strongly with the passion for freedom and democracy. 
Poets featured: Kit Fan, Mary Jean Chan, Jason S Polley, Wendy Gan, Andrew S. Guthrie, Ruth Lee, Aaron Chan, Stephanie Han, Peter Gordon, Antony Huen, Natalie Liu, Marco Yan, Emily Cheung, Henry W. Leung 
(Pictured above: “試問誰還未發聲”, seen on the campus of Hong Kong Baptist University. Photo by Jason S Polley. Friday 24 October, 2014.)

"Valiant Beauty" — ASIAN CHA Issue#25 Editorial

Words from educators in Hong Kong:

My students have told me they’re boycotting classes indefinitely. I am proud of them. How can one not be moved?
—Eddie Tay

I applaud the courage and restraint of the protesters, who are mostly students, and am as proud as ever to call myself a Hong Konger!
—John Wakefield
.

… and you see, you see,
Love is disobedience, disobedience love,
And the dungeon doors open for you
And your questions to walk through.
—Shirley Geok-lin Lim
.

Hong Kong students continue to put ‘civil’ in ‘civil disobedience’.
—Colin CovendishJones
.
[A] movement such as this one, defined by youth, by love and peace, by aspiration and inspiration, will always find a way to win.
—Lucas Klein

..
I’ve seemingly always already been way more cynical than sentimental. But I found myself crying in the face of the generous and caring humanity of Hong Kong’s youth, both in Mong Kok and in Central. Hong Kong is my much loved home—and it’s the Umbrella Uprising that has delivered this sense of home to me.
—Jason S Polley
.

100,000 people on the street in Hong Kong (a reporter told me it was that many) singing, applauding, chanting. There is a feeling of great hope.
—Michael O’Sullivan


I hope that all of the students participating in the protests will stay safe and remain optimistic for a better future of this place we call home.
—Heidi Huang
.
Hong Kong’s higher education system should be proud of the exemplary”knowledge transfer” and “experiential learning” that our courageous students have been exhibiting.
—James Shea
.

Teachers, like many others, have doubts all the time. One that I often ask myself is “Should I keep teaching?” But seeing all of you in the streets, I am moved and I know the answer. Last night at 2am, I encountered a confused 18-year-old, who kept wondering what’s next. No one knows, except the battle will be long. And a quote from Hemingway may help: “I did not care what it was all about. All I wanted to know was how to live in it.”
—Nicholas YB Wong
.
You’ll learn more at the barricades than in my class. Take your notebook with you, this is history, you’re making it, and make sure you write it too.
—Justin Hill
.

I have run out of umbrellas to lend to my students,
braving all weathers, all scorn, for a future they no longer have any option
but to believe in.
Now it is my heart I would shelter them with.
I do so happily, without reservation.
They were the first, and will be the last,
to welcome me here.
They have always stood by me.
—Stuart Christie


 


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Over the last week, Hong Kong has transformed—gone from a city that, while not politically apathetic, was generally willing to put prosperity and business first. But Beijing’s refusal to allow Hong Kong open elections and the growing unease among its residents about the SAR’s future in China have finally come to a head. The Umbrella Revolution has shown that Hong Kong is no longer content to allow Beijing to dictate its fate. The city has decided to stand up and fight. And it has brought umbrellas.
The struggle for free elections is nothing new—the pro-democracy camp has for decades been determined in its efforts to bring self-rule to the city. But something changed this week: the passion and energy of youth. Young people, yellow-ribboned, faces covered with cling film and goggles, and equipped only with umbrellas to fend off the fierce sun, rain and tear gas, have fought peacefully, proudly and insistently, for genuine democracy in their—my—beloved city. It is their efforts—nonviolent but still resolute and resourceful—that have not only captured the attention of the city, but of the world.
Like many people who care about Hong Kong’s political future, I have been able to focus on very little else over the past few days. At times, I have been worried—worried about the safety of the protestors; worried that their efforts will fail to bring change; worried about the future of the city that I love. But I have also been deeply moved and inspired. I have never been so proud of Hong Kong. It has never been so determined.
For those of us who support democratic change, we realise that the time has come, that we have to fight now, before it’s too, too late. We are uncertain of what the outcome might be, but we are nevertheless united, hearts with one purpose, and we are fighting.
Will we succeed? We already have. Hong Kong will never be the same again. A valiant beauty has been born.

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming
 / Co-editor
Cha
1 October 2014