Young China Watchers (YCW) and the Lau China Institute at King’s College London are delighted to announce the first Lau-YCW Essay Competition.

The competition aims to discover the newest young writing on China in the UK, in order to develop the next generation of China expertise. We invite members of academia, the media, government, the private sector or any interested applicants to submit an entry on the inaugural theme: “How Will China Change the World?”

We are looking for a piece between 2,000–3,000 words on this topic from any China-related angle. This can take the form of non-fiction, fiction, narrative journalism or academic essays—but with a focus on how China, and in particular how Beijing, is changing the world.

The winner will receive £500 and consideration for publication in a prestigious China-relevant publication, as well as an invitation to speak at a YCW London event. The two runners-up will receive £250 each, and their entries will be featured on the YCW blog.

The adjudication committee will be composed of professors from the Lau China Institute, as well as the leadership committee of Young China Watchers (YCW) London.


If you are 35 years or younger on 1 September, 2016, and have a demonstrable link to the United Kingdom (through nationality, institutional affiliation or physical location), we welcome your submission.

Submissions must be between 2,000-3,000 words in length, and include birthday and demonstrable link to the UK as outlined above. Please send them or any queries to [email protected] by midnight GMT 1 September, 2016. Submissions that do not fulfil these criteria will not be considered.

Within these broad parameters, we welcome any authors with a strong emphasis on good writing and original insight.

About the Lau China Institute

The Lau China Institute at King’s College London is part of a network of Global Institutes dedicated to understanding twenty-first century political, economic and cultural powers in a global context. The Institute focuses on interdisciplinary research into contemporary China and its impact on world affairs. It coordinates and developing China-related research capabilities and China-focused programmes of study, while also building links with Chinese organizations in education, the cultural and creative sectors, business and government. Together with the Brazil, India, North America and Russia Institutes and the International Development Institute at King’s, the Lau China Institute aims to promote understanding, provide a hub of excellence and build connections through study, staff and student exchanges, research and knowledge sharing.

Click here for more information about the Lau China Institute, the generous sponsor of this initiative.


Announcing the Lau-YCW Essay Competition: “How Will China Change the World?”
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