Chinese Writing Contest
It’s time to be creative
Learning Chinese is to be creative!
Students toy around elements of Chinese language and create interesting stories or beautiful poetry. It’s like playing with small pieces of Lego. We are only limited by our own imaginations. This creative field should be open to students from day one.
However, the theme of learning Chinese is often dominated by the question “how many characters have you learned?” This question has led many students to focus on accumulating Chinese characters, spending so much time and energy either to look up characters or to memorise them. But accumulating characters for the sake of accumulating them does not enhance students’ learning experience, nor help them develop their Chinese skills, or bring any sense of delight. This is unfortunate.
The real question we should ask is “how much Chinese reading and writing have you done?” With this question, students’ focus is turned into reading for ideas and writing for creation. Amazing learning results can be achieved.
Therefore, in order to encourage students to read more and to write more, learners of Chinese worldwide are invited to participate in this Chinese Writing Contest, and to show their creativity using 320 Chinese characters.
Beginner students are encouraged to compete with the advanced ones, and the older students are encouraged to compete with the younger ones.
This is a competition that no one suffers from stage fright. Have fun!
The prizes 2023
The winner wins one year subscription of Skritter
Skritter has been helping students learn Chinese since 2008. Learn to read, write, and speak Chinese with interactive flashcards, stroke recognition technology, in-app video courses, and more.
The first runner-up wins one year digital & print subscription of Babel Magazine
Babel Magazine is a quarterly language magazine that brings you cutting-edge linguistic research in an accessible and colourful format.
The second runner-up wins a writing application Calmly Writer
Calmly Writer is a distraction-free writing editor designed to focus on what you want to tell, with a simple, unobtrusive and ease-to-use interface.
The best submissions will be published by MSL Master
MSL Master is dedicated to creating relevant and effective Chinese learning materials, helping students achieve Chinese language proficiency and develop Chinese cultural literacy. The best submissions will be assembled and published as a book with a registered ISBN. Contributors to the book win the rights to tell families and friends that they are published authors!
Writings are limited to using the following 320 Chinese characters only:
All 320 characters and their related words/combinations are presented in these free online video lessons.
Words and combinations which use these 320 characters but are not included in the online video lessons are welcome.
What to write
Anything. It could be a short story, a mini play, a poem, or anything else a creative mind fancies.
299 - 1000 Chinese characters, excluding punctuations. Poetry is accepted at any length.
- Aug 1, 2023 — Submission starts
- Sep 16, 2023 — Submission ends
- Oct 1, 2023 — Announce qualified entries & public voting starts
- Oct 16, 2023 — Public voting ends
- Nov 1, 2023 — Announce the winner
Method of selection
- The initial assessment is done at MSL Master.
- The qualified and quality submissions will be published on MSL Master website.
- The winner is selected by public votes on Twitter.
(In the event of any unexpected scenarios, teacher April, the organiser, has the authority to make the final decision.)
Check your writing before submitting
If you wonder whether or not you have involuntarily used one or two Chinese characters which are not included in the list, you can check it quickly.
Contributed by two talented Chinese language learners, two alternative ways are available.
- The Demonic-Duck character checker
Click this link https://regexr.com/60vqa
Paste your writing under “Text”. Characters which are not included will be highlighted, as the example shows.
- The Betty character tool
Click this link: https://bettyjj.github.io/limited-characters/
Paste your writing into the space provided, then click “Submit”. Characters which are not included will be screened out. If some punctuation marks also show up, don’t worry about them.
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