The Script Road 5th Short Story Competition – Regulations


The Script Road 5th Short Story Competition – Regulations

The Script Road short story competition is accepting works in three languages and the final jury will consist of renowned writers invited for the Festival’s previous edition. They will be the ones to decide who the winners are.

1. Addressees:
a) The competition is addressed to all people without any constraints of age, nationality or residence.
b) The immediate families of members of the organization and members of the jury cannot compete, nor can any persons connected with the organization of The Script Road festival.

2. Presentation of the stories
a) All stories must have Macau as a backdrop, as the theme. They should, in some way, be about Macau.
b) Each entrant may submit up to two stories maximum. Entries must be totally original and may be in Chinese, Portuguese or English.
c) The text should have a maximum of 3500 words in Portuguese and English, and 6000 words in Chinese. Texts exciding this limits will automatically be excluded from the contest.

3. Deadline and submission
a) The stories should be delivered at the premises of the newspaper Ponto Final, at Rua de Camilo Pessanha, Nº 21, Macau, up to 8pm of December 31, 2016.
b) The works sent by mail must bear the stamp with a dispatch date before December 31, 2016.
c) Projects must be delivered in a sealed envelope containing the inscription on the outside “The Script Road Short Story competition.”
d) Participants should place four copies of each story on A4 paper inside the envelope. The text should be formatted in 12-point, 1.5line spacing and Arial font, in the case of short stories in English and Portuguese, and SimSun in the case of the stories in Chinese. Entrants must also include in the envelope a CD with the short story soft-file, all the contact information (full name, email and telephone number), as well as a photocopy of any identification document.
e) The participants can send the texts by e-mail to the address “”, in this case there is no need to send by post.

4. Competition Jury
a) The jury will initially consist of a group of people invited by the organization of the Script Road and by members of the festival organizers. There will be a jury for the competition in each of the language. This committee will make a first pre-selection of five texts, which are then to be put forward for consideration by the final jury. Renowned writers who attended the Festival’s previous editions will be the ones to choose the winners.
b) The jury reserves the right not to award any winner if the work submitted does not have the desired quality or is not in accordance with the scope and theme of the contest.

5. Award
a) The winning stories (one in each language) will be translated into other languages and published in a book to be presented at the next edition of The Script Road. The book, with editions in Chinese, Portuguese and English, will bring together the tales of Macau written by authors invited to the 5th edition of the festival. The winners will, in this way, see their published works alongside names of the jury writers themselves and other authors.

b) Winners (one in each language) will receive prize money of MOP 10.000.

6. Final Considerations
a) Participation in the competition implies full acceptance of this regulation.
b) All information is available at
c) Entries in the contest will not be returned to their authors.
d) The Script Road reserves the right to publish for the period of one year, in the original and translated versions, the distinguished works in the competition as well as any other works sent by the participants and not awarded. The copyright for the first publication (in periodical publications and book) belongs to the editor and the subsequent to the respective authors.