About the Prize
The hongkong prize is an annual prize from the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. It gives recognition and encouragement to early career achievement among scholars of the humanities working in Hong Kong. It also encourages the submission of manuscripts by these scholars to be published in academic journals.
In 2020, the academy revised the prize to give a new award to students who had been awarded scholarships or fellowships by the academy in the past year, and were working towards their first book publication or contract for publication. The prize is open to scholars in the humanities who have a minimum of five years of post-graduate study and are working on their first monograph, or a book under contract for publication, in a language other than Chinese.
This year, the prize is available to a total of six winners. Each winner receives HK$20,000 in cash and a trophy. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges from the Academy and include established and emerging Hong Kong artists, community artists, as well as youth artists.
There is no entry fee for the competition. Applicants can submit their work by the deadline of April 18, 2020, and must be resident in Hong Kong for at least one month prior to submission.
The winning entries will be displayed on a special website and will be announced via press release. The winning work will also be published in the Academy’s annual magazine, The Journal of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.
About the Awards
The HK Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in the history of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. The prize is given annually to the best work submitted by an academy-affiliated scholar. It is based on a number of criteria including originality, quality, and significance.
Each entry is reviewed by a panel of judges from the Academy, and is awarded on the basis of the work’s overall excellence. The prize is given in a variety of categories, including fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and documentary.
A team of students at the History Department of Hong Kong Baptist University won this year’s HK Prize for Spatial History with a project entitled “From Defense to Taxation: Qing Dynasty’s Military and Custom Facilities in Hong Kong”. The group used maps from the 19th century to explore their research topic.
These maps provide a unique opportunity to explore the evolution of Hong Kong’s military and custom facilities. The winning team used ArcGIS StoryMaps to present their findings.
The HK Prize was created in honor of the city’s heritage and is administered by the Academy. It is a significant contribution to the arts in Hong Kong and provides a unique opportunity for young and emerging artists to showcase their talents. It also encourages scholarship and support for the arts in Hong Kong.