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    MATTERS × Renaissance Foundation HongKong

     
     

    Frontline Award

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    Frontline In The Era

     Writing As a Way To Act

     

  • People live in the turmoil of this era, but only a few actively choose to be “frontline”.
    "Being frontline" is not only a passive state but also an active choice:
    knowing where you are in an era,
    resisting to return to the status quo,
    consciously observing, recording, and questioning,
    taking actions through writing, revealing problems,
    and discovering the truth.
     
    Such "being frontline" requires keen insights into history,
    being open-minded and curious about the unknown,
    being resistant to indolence, constantly questioning,
    and being honest and courageous in one’s writing.
     
    Matters and the Renaissance Foundation launched the
    "Frontline Non-fiction Writing Award”,
    hoping to support writers persistent in writing at the frontline of the era.

     

     

  • Submit Your Proposal and Win Awards

    Participants

     

    a non-fiction writing plan open to people of all nationalities, occupations, and ages who write in Chinese.

    Prizes

     

    First place: $7,000 USD

    Second place: $5,000 USD

    third place: $2,500 USD

    Others

     

    The selected proposals will receive the support of an editor throughout the writing process. All works must be completed before Nov 30, 2022.

    Application Deadline: Jul 18, 2022 11:59 P.M.
    Award Winners Announcement Day:Aug 18, 2022


    ( ‼️ Time zone: UTC/GMT+08:00)

  • Who is eligible to participate?

     
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    Anyone who writes in Chinese is eligible to participate in the Award regardless of nationality or region. Applicants must submit a writing proposal of their work, which can be in process or has not started yet (works that have been published on any public platform do not fall into this category).

     

    The writing proposal must not have received awards or funding from other organizations, including but not limited to the following: has entered other competitions and won awards, has received funding from other organizations, is produced by a full-time employee of a media organization. In case of any violation, the Sponsor has the right to revoke the awards.

    What exactly are the prizes of the “Frontline Award”?

     

    The "Frontline Award” is held quarterly four times a year, with $7,000, $5,000, and $2,500 USD awarded to the first, second, and third places respectively. Winners will receive 50% of the prize money when the winners' list is announced, and receive the remaining 50% after the final work is submitted. In case of any special circumstances, participants should contact the Sponsor.

    How do I apply?

     

    Applicants must submit a writing proposal that answers the following 5 questions. The response should not exceed 2,500 words.

     

    a. What topic are you planning to write about?

     

    b. Why did you choose this topic? (Why is this topic important? How does this topic relate to you? How does this topic relate to the readers?)

     

    c. How do you plan to execute the plan? (What kinds of interviews, research, or field studies will be conducted? From what angle will it be conducted? How long will it be?)

     

    d. What goal do you plan to achieve with your writing proposal?

     

    e. Briefly describe your experience or past works. What skills do you have to accomplish the goal of this project?

  • How do I apply?

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    Answer the Questions

    1. Name
    2. Email
    3. Any publication or publishing experience related to non-fiction
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    Prepare the Proposal

    Prepare your personal information form and creative proposal, which is introduced above.
    3

    Prepare the Writing Sample

    Prepare your writing sample of your proposal to give the judges an idea of your writing ability and writing style.

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    Sign up / If need contact

    If you have any questions or have encountered any technical difficulties, please contact us at fellowship@matters.news

  • How are the winning works selected?

    32 Senior Judges

    These are authoritative figures in the field of nonfiction writing, and prominent publishers and media professionals in the Chinese-language world.

    Group Rating and Voting

    Each work will be evaluated, discussed, and selected based on the theme, creativity, feasibility, and the author's past achievements.

  • List of Judges

    in alphabetical order by last name/first letter in Pinyin

    -  Non-Fiction Writer  -

    -  Publisher  -

    A Po
    CHUN CHEN
    HAO-ZHONG LI
    HUI NING
    HUI-YUN TAN
    JILL LI
    JIN-XUAN DU
    LI-WEN QIN
    MEI-ZHI SU
    MIMIYANA
    SHAO-HUA LIU
    SI-CONG ZOU
    TIAN-SHUAI YANG
    XUE JIANG
    YU FU
    YU-JIE GUO
    YU-LING GU
    YU-MENG LI
    ZHI-XIN LIU
    CHA FU
    DE-LING SUN
    FENG-EN TU
    YUN YAN
    HUI-JING ZHANG

    - Media Editors / Agencies -

    BREAKAZINE
    DORIS LAW
    JIN-HUA WANG
    KE-CHENG FANG
    RUO-HAN WEN
    TIAN-LIN GUAN
    XIN-JIE HO
    YU-FANG LIANG
    YUE-HUA LI
    ZHEN-HAI GUAN
  • 攝影:曾梓洋

    First Place

    Moving Forward in the Unknown: Connection For MIRROR Fans

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    ZHAO YUN

     
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  • Second Place

    The Last Generation of Female Miners——Zhang Gui's Life Story

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    TAI Po-fen

     
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    Third Place

    Their AI Lovers——Real or Just Cyber Love

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    ScarlyZ

     
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  • Third Place

    Taming and Being Tamed: Breeding Tibetan Mastiffs in Lhasa

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    ZHOU Yu-fei

     
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  • Third Place

    After the Revolution: From Beirut to Damascus Road

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    Alicia Chen

     
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  • What’s the background of the “Frontline Award”?

     

     

    The “Frontline Award” is jointly funded and established by Matters and the Renaissance Foundation Hong Kong (RFHK). The goal is to fund non-fiction writers to complete short-term projects with potential, which can include but are not limited to documentaries, survey reports, and field studies. In terms of research, the content must be 100% accurate, and all sources must be cited. The "Frontline Award” is held quarterly four times a year, and is committed to continuing nurturing and supporting non-fiction writing in the Chinese-language world.

     

  • 🎥 Special Thanks

     

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