Level 3 HSK Short Story Competition!

Deadline extended to Feb. 28!

Submit your best short story of up to 2500 characters using vocabulary from the Level 3 HSK list (available here).  Stories will be judged on creativity and overall quality.


  • 1st Prize: $250 and publication on this website
  • 2nd Prize: $100 and publication on this website
  • 3rd - 5th Prizes: $25 and publication on this website


  • There is no entry fee.
  • Your entry must be written entirely in Chinese characters (simplified or traditional).
  • Your entry must be at least 500 characters and no more than 2,500 characters.
  • Your story must use only vocabulary from the Level 3 HSK list (available here) and up to ten additional words (which may be repeated) not included on that list.
  • Entries may come from outside the United States, but monetary prizes will be awarded in American dollars and paid via PayPal.
  • All work must be your own and not previously published.
  • Stories are submitted under a Creative Commons Attribution license (see details here).
  • All entries must be received by February 28, 2015.
  • The winners will be announced here on March 30, 2015. The judges’ decision is final.

How to enter

  • Use our entry form here.
  • You can also use this form to check whether your story contains too many vocabulary items that are not included in the HSK list.
  • Questions or comments? Contact us here.