The competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered! The results will be announced in the spring.


The competition is free to enter, and is open to anyone.

We are delighted to announce that our text for the 2018-19 competition is a short story by award-winning Hong Kong writer Chan Ho-Kei. Chan is our Author of the Month for December 2018, so you can read more about him on our Bookclub page, where you can also find an extract of his novel The Borrowed, translated into English by Jeremy Tiang. We’d like to thank Mr Chan for allowing us to use his work for this competition!



The Prize

The winning translation will be published in a special issue of Pathlight magazine, and we’re grateful to Balestier Press for providing prizes for the winner and runners-up.

The Judges

We’re honoured to have a panel of award-winning translators, authors and editors to judge the competition. Jeremy Tiang is an author, translator, and playwright. He translated Chan Ho-Kei’s The Borrowedand his own novel State of Emergency won the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize. He is also editor of Pathlight magazine. Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is a poet, author, and academic, and is founding co-editor of Hong Kong-based literary magazine Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She has recently published her second poetry collection, as well as her first collection of short stories. Natasha Bruce is a translator, and was the joint winner of the first Bai Meigui Translation Competition in 2015. She has a number of book-length translations, and was awarded a 2017 PEN Presents East & Southeast Asia prize, and shortlisted for the 2018 Käpylä Translation Prize.

How To Enter

The competition deadline is midnight (GMT) on Monday 25th February 2019.

Please send your entries as an email (MSWord) attachment to

In the body of the email please include your name, contact details. We’d also be interested to know your current country of residence, what you consider to be your first language, and whether you have had any translations published previously. This information will NOT be available in any form to the judging panel, but is useful for our records, and planning purposes for future competitions. (The only information that you must include in order to submit, is your name/contact details).

Please do not include your name/any identifying information in the attachment.

The winner will be announced in Spring 2019.

Please note that we will not normally be able to provide feedback on entries, but thank you, in advance, for your submission.

Good luck!