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 winner wins a Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kit
The Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kit helps beginner students build solid Chinese reading and writing skills, and experience the delight of reading and writing Chinese, from the very beginning.
The first runner-up wins one year subscription of Du Chinese
Du Chinese is a powerful Chinese learning app. Many built-in features help students practice Chinese naturally and provide assistance when they need.
The second runner-up wins two copies of any titles from Mandarin Companion
Mandarin Companion publishes Chinese story books written specifically for Chinese learners using carefully controlled characters and grammar.
The winner, the first runner-up and the second runner-up each win six month subscription of Maayot
Maayot is a great resource for graded reader, sending students bite-size stories daily to help them improve their Chinese reading comprehensions.
The best 10 to 15 submissions will be published by Imagin8 Press
Imagin8 Press is dedicated to publishing high quality and enjoyable books for people who want to read and understand Chinese. The best 10 to 15 submissions (depending on length) will be assembled and published as a collection of short stories. Each contributor gets two free copies, and wins the rights to tell friends that he or she is a published author!
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.
A minimum of 299 Chinese characters is required, excluding punctuations. Poetry is accepted at any length.
The following are available as sample writings:
In the sample pages of Chinese Reading and Writing 5, in Exercise 2, the first reading uses 386 characters, and the second reading uses 525 characters.
Method of selection
(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.
Click this link https://regexr.com/60vqa
Paste your writing under “Text”. Characters which are not included will be highlighted, as the example shows.
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.
The quest for excellence
Votes have been counted, the winners have emerged. Congratulations!
Read more about the winners and what inspired them here.
(By Toh Jun Tian)
(By Jaap Grolleman)
(By Germaine Di Pey Qi)
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