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Lau China Institute & Young China Watchers Writing Competition 2023

The Lau China Institute in partnership with Young China Watchers are delighted to announce the launch of their 2023 writing competition. The competition, which is held annually, aims to discover the newest young writers on China in the UK, and provide a platform to help foster the next generation of China experts.

Writing competition - update

Please note our 2023 writing competition has now closed. The winner will be officially announced during China Week in October.

The Lau China Institute together with Young China Watchers welcomes submissions to its 2023 writing competition on the theme of 'China - Knowledge Superpower'.

Interested applicants are invited to submit short essays or op-ed style pieces (750-850 words) that explore China as a global leader in research and education. This may include topics related to China's R&D, innovation and education (see the T&Cs for further examples).

To be eligible, applicants must be 35 years or under and living in the UK (UK and non-UK residents with a registered UK bank account will be eligible). 

Read the full terms and conditions.

The Prize

The author of the winning entry will receive £300, be invited to present their essay at the Young China Watchers conference in 2024, and have their essay published on the YCW blog. The winner will be formally announced during the Lau China Institute's flagship event, China Week in October. Two runners up will each receive £150. 

The Judges

We're honoured to have an esteemed panel of experts to judge this year's competition.

Charlotte Goodburn - Deputy Director, Lau China Institute, King’s College London

Brian Yue Shun Wong - Founding Editor in Chief, Oxford Political Review

Daniel Brooker - Director, UKRI China

Bin Xu - Head of Digital Innovation Labs, Pfizer China

How to enter

The competition deadline is 23:59 BST on Monday 7th August 2023. Entries must be submitted as a PDF with your name and essay title in the subject line and sent to:


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