Cha International Poetry Prize 2017

Cha International Poetry Prize 2017

UPDATE: Winning poems will be published in Issue 46 of Cha: An Asian Literary Journalscheduled for December 2019. 

To celebrate the tenth anniversary issue of Cha and to mark the twentieth anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover, we are hosting Cha International Poetry Prize 2017, in collaboration with PEN Hong Kong.

The competition is open to ALL poets. Thanks to several generous sponsors from the Asia-Pacific region, including the NINJA! Arts Grant, we are able to offer a total prize money of US$3201 (First Prize US$1501; Second Prize US$800; Third Prize US$400 and five Commended Prizes, each US$100). All eight winning poems will be published in Cha. As ever with Cha contests, there is no entry fee.


  • Each poet can submit up to TWO poems (in English or translated into English), which should be sent to with the subject line “International: Your Name”.
  • Each poem must be a translation (loosely defined) of a text (loosely defined) from/about Hong Kong or China, written originally in English or Chinese, into a poem (in English or translated into English) that is about contemporary Hong Kong. That is, each poem submitted to us has to be — a translation of / an adaptation of / a response to / a comment on, etc. — another text. Please note that all poems submitted to us should be about contemporary Hong Kong. (Some examples of the kind of work we are looking for: Changing and poems discussed in this World Literature Today essay.)
  • When submitting your work to us, please include the title(s) of the source text(s).
  • Each poem should not be longer than 60 lines.
  • Selected poets will be asked to write an explanatory note (500 words or above) addressing their choice of texts and methods.
  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • We reserve the right not to award the prize(s) if no suitable submissions are received.
  • Submission period: Thursday 15 June 2017 – Friday 15 September 2017 Thursday 30 November 2017 (11:59 p.m., Hong Kong time)


  • Tammy Ho Lai-Ming
    Tammy Ho Lai-MingTammy Ho Lai-Ming is founding co-editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, founding member and Vice President of PEN Hong Kong, and Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. Her translations have been published in World Literature Today, Chinese Literature Today, Drunken Boat and Pathlight and from Chinese University Press. Her first poetry collection is Hula Hooping (2015) and she was awarded the Young Artist Award in Literary Arts (Hong Kong Arts Development Council) in 2016.
  • Lucas Klein
    Lucas KleinLucas Klein is a father, writer, and translator whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Jacket, Rain Taxi, CLEAR, Comparative Literature Studies, and PMLA, and from Fordham, Black Widow, Zephyr, Chinese University Press, and New Directions. Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, he is an executive editor of the Journal of Oriental Studies. His translation Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems of Xi Chuan won the 2013 Lucien Stryk Prize, and his October Dedications, translations of the poetry of Mang Ke, will be available soon. New York Review Books will be publishing his translations of Tang dynasty poet Li Shangyin.