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The SmokeLong Flash Fellowship for Emerging Writers

The application period is open for The SmokeLong Flash Fellowship for Emerging Writers (deadline Oct 15, 2019). Writers who are 18+, who write in English and have no chapbook- or book-length work published or under contract are eligible.

The prize for this year-long virtual fellowship is $1000 ($200 upon winning the fellowship and $200 for each of 4 stories workshopped and published in the 2020 quarterly issues of SmokeLong Quarterly). The entry fee is $8, but there is also a free-entry option for writers on a low income.

This is a great opportunity for an emerging writer to gain experience at a literary journal. The fellow will work closely with the SmokeLong staff, reading and commenting on submissions, fully integrated into the editorial process of the journal. With three SmokeLong editors each quarter, the fellow will workshop three stories, one of which will be chosen for publication.

The fellows have won/been included in Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, and the Wigleaf Top 50. More information about the fellowship:

To Submit:

August 24th, 2019|

Proverse Prize

Founded by HKWIPS member, Gillian Bickley, and her husband, Verner Bickley, the International Proverse Prizes for writing submitted in English and previously unpublished in English (may be in translation), close for entry on 30 June 1962. The Proverse Prize for single-author book-length non-fiction, fiction, or poetry (now in its 10th year) offers a cash prize and publication. The Proverse Poetry Prize for single poems (this is its fourth edition) offers cash prizes and anthology publication.
Full details and entry documents are available from the Proverse website:
Entry is available through the online submissions manager,

Members and former members of HKWIPS have already had books published as a result of entering for the Proverse Prize and have been place-winners and/or have also had their work included in the Proverse Poetry Prize anthologies.

For those who are at least 18 years old. Otherwise, entry is open to all, whatever their place of birth, residence, nationality or citizenship. New, emerging and experienced writers are all warmly invited to participate.

May 19th, 2019|

Press Release from Afaranwide


Tuesday, April 30, 2019: A TRAVEL blog with a difference launched this week. Afaranwide is written by an “old married couple” who are journalists and expats, currently living in Hong Kong.

Sue Brattle and Colin Simpson believe that their age (they like to call it maturity) and very different personalities bring colour to everything they write. As expats, travellers and tourists they’re at home as tenants around the world, hitting the road across California, or joining the crowds at the Taj Mahal.

Their first batch of posts include Colin’s experiences during 50 years as a diver, Sue’s insights as a guest at Gulf Arab weddings in Dubai, and the weird process of slowly becoming a foreigner in your home country.

After 12 years of rich and wonderful experiences as expats since leaving the UK, Sue, 64, from Maidstone, Kent, and Colin, 63, from Edinburgh, agreed it was time to write and reflect on their adventures. So was born, with “afaran” being a 10th Century Old English verb meaning to travel, depart, or go out from. We found something that’s even older than us!

Sue says: “It all started when I had breast cancer 14 years ago. Back at work in London one night I was stuck in a three-hour traffic jam and realised life is too precious to waste. I rang Colin, and we agreed within minutes that we’d have an adventure. And we are.”

Colin adds: “We’ve learned so much by living abroad and travelling, things that we took for granted. But our story is unusual and we want to share it with people who may be thinking of moving abroad, or having an adventure of their own.”

Welcome to our world!

Please visit
Read the first Afaranwide newsletter here.

Afaranwide is a blog written by Colin Simpson and Sue Brattle, a married couple who are expats, travellers and tourists. After 25 or so years on national newspapers in the UK, their jobs as journalists have taken them to Dubai, China and Hong Kong, with additional stays in Saudi Arabia, the Seychelles, France and the United States. The adventure continues.

Contact details:
Tel: +852 5514 5547


April 30th, 2019|

Official Launch of Imprint 18

Imprint 18 has launched! Thank you to all who attended the launch at the FCC last night. It was a fabulous evening. Many thanks to all who contributed to another issue of our wonderful anthology!

From Elizabeth Grobler:
Friday, 26th April was the launch of Imprint 18, the annual anthology of the Woman in Publishing Society Hong Kong, which consists of Poetry, Humor, Travel and other Essays, Short Stories, Young Writers Short Story Competition’s Winning Entries & the WiPS Directory. I am very pleased and grateful that two of my poems are included in this anthology: ‘Fur Child Angel’ & ‘Brave Little Knight’. I was very happy to see some of my TST critique group and other writer friends again while celebrating the Imprint 18 launch. Imprint 18 is a marvelous anthology of writing and art and I am proud to be a part of it!
April 27th, 2019|

Claire Chao on Remembering Shanghai

Our event on 11 March 2019 at the FCC was a big success! Claire Chao, co-author of Remembering Shanghai: a Memoir of Socialites, Scholars, and Scoundrels with her mother, Isabel Sun Chao, fascinated us with backstory about the 10 year process of researching and writing her book as well as sharing valuable information about her decision to self publish and giving advice based on her ongoing marketing journey. Her beautiful book, a work of art as well as a terrific family saga, was available for signing. Claire is originally from Hong Kong, and the 3rd edition of her book was printed in Hong Kong by Regal Publishing. – Summary by Heather Diamond

March 12th, 2019|