The Lion Rock English Poetry Awards 2022
Be first to celebrate poetry inquiry
20 August 2022 (via Zoom)
Story behind the competition
Literature cannot thrive without an inquiring mind. Under the Lion Rock Hill, The Hong Kong Baptist University, and in particular, its Language Centre, is at the forefront of promoting literacy and literature in local academic circles. The hosting of the Lion Rock Poetry Reading Events, since 2004, has served as a solid testimony of its steep history in support of literary appreciation activities in the over 18 years.
在獅子山下，香港浸會大學，尤其其「語文中心」，在推動學界文學教育發展上一直走在前列。自 2004 年起，我們舉辦了各式各樣的詩歌研習活動，印證了我校十八多年來全力支持文學賞析的悠久歷史。
The Lion Rock, now serving as a symbol of literary appreciation and expression, has become the title of this special Award which is co-organized by both departments. This year, the Award recognizes two important skill areas of young English poetry readers: (a) English poetry recitation and (b) interpretation and inquiry*.
We give voices to young poetry readers. We see it as our central mission to promote children's poetry as a cherished resource for exploring emotions, understanding life and enriching cultural knowledge. The Award is most suitable for those children who seek an alternative expression of their poetic thoughts, who want to go beyond performing traditional recitals in competitions.
*This competition does not assess nor accept self-written poems.
Target students: Primary school students
The Lion Rock English Poetry Award (Recital & Interpretation)
Each contestant should submit one video that contains two elements:
-Recital: perform a recitation of a children's poem; read it in a manner which is faithful to its meaning, emotion, and techniques.
-Interpretation/Inquiry: use the same poem to tell a story, express a (happy/sad) feeling, illustrate a moral, remember a person, tell a joke or to make unusual observations. The key question is: Is there a moment when reading a poem that makes you think of something?
Recital & engagement (pronunciation & delivery) 50%
Interpretation (meaningfulness & explanation) 50%
Adherence to the time limit: Exceeding the time limit (3 minutes) will result in downgrading.
Introduce the title and author
Clear and focused
Speak from a script
Exceeds the time limit
Not showing your face and mouth
Content too abstract for other young poetry readers
-Junior Primary level (Primary school levels 1-3)
-Senior Primary level (Primary school levels 4-6)
-All contestants will be considered for the Lion Rock Distinction Award (Overall champions).
The organizers can revise or refine these award categories as necessary.
Please download the syllabus.
This competition does not assess learners' self-written poems. If a contestant attempts to use a poem outside of the syllabus, approval must be sought from the organizers in advance.
All submitted poems in videos are independently graded by at least two judges to increase objectivity in the assessment. However, submitting a video is not the final stage of the competition. Once short-listed, a contestant should be prepared to recite the poem in front of the judges via Zoom on 20 August, the date of the Competition.
The judging panel consists of teachers from local tertiary institutions and poets from overseas. The main language in a submitted video, therefore, should be English.
The Competition Date
The Competition will be held on 20 August 2022. Results are announced on the same date. Shortlisted applicants will be informed in July 2022.
This is an open competition. Non-contestants, including students, teachers and the general public, are welcome to attend it.
Programme run-down will be announced in due course.
Junior Primary: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Green medals
Senior Primary: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Green medals
The Lion Rock Distinctions (Recital / Interpretation)