Macau Literary Festival accepts submissions to it’s 8th Short Story Competition


Macau Literary Festival accepts submissions to it’s 8th Short Story Competition

The 8th edition of The Script Road – Macau Literary Festival Short Story Competition is now accepting texts in Chinese, Portuguese and English. The stories should be delivered at the premises of the newspaper Ponto Final, at Travessa do Bispo, No. 1C, 6th Floor, Macau, up to 8pm of November 30, 2019; or by email to

The competition will have similar rules to the ones applied in previous years. The winners (one for each language – Chinese, Portuguese and English) will be chosen by writers who visited The Script Road before, with a pre-selection being done by a jury composed by representatives of the festival’s organization and other invited members.

The Macau Literary Festival keeps the MOP 10.000 prize money for each of the winners and, as in previous editions, awarded texts will be published in a book – in three languages – alongside with the ones written by the authors who visited Macau during the latest edition of The Script Road.

The rules for the competition are available at The contest continues to be open to all participants who write in Chinese, Portuguese or English. All short stories must be somehow about Macau.

The next book of The Script Road Short Stories and Other Writings collection will be published and presented during Macau Literary Festival 9th edition, in March 2020.


The Script Road – Macau Literary Festival was founded in 2012 by Ponto Final newspaper. The festival is the first grand meeting of literates from China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries ever to be organized in the world. The Script Road also welcomes guests from other geographies and brings to city renowned writers, publishers, translators, journalists, musicians, filmmakers and visual artists. Macau Literary Festival is supported by the Cabinet of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau, Macau Government Tourist Office and Macau Foundation, as well as for several private entities, with SJM – Sociedade de Jogos de Macau being one of its main sponsors.

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The Script Road Short Story Competition Regulations

The Script Road short story competition is accepting works in three languages
(Chinese, Portuguese or English). The final jury will consist of renowned writers
who’ve visited the Festival’s previous edition. They will be the ones to decide who
the winners are.

1. Submissions:
a) The competition is open to all people without any restrictions on age, nationality or
residence. But,
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 exceeding these limits will automatically be excluded
from the contest.

3. Deadline and submission format
a) The stories should be delivered at the premises of the newspaper Ponto
Final, at Travessa do Bispo, No. 1C, 6th Floor, Macau, or by email to, up to 8pm of November 30, 2019.
b) The works sent by post-office must bear the stamp with a dispatch date on or
before November 30, 2019. Projects must be delivered in a sealed envelope
containing the inscription on the outside “The Script Road Short Story competition.”
Participants should place four copies of each story on A4 paper inside the envelope.
The text should be formatted in 12-point, 1.5-line 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.
c) For the stories sent by email, participants should attach the soft copy of the story,
as well as a digital copy of their ID and contact information. All stories should be sent
before 8pm (Macau time), November 30, 2019. The format of the story should be the
same as mentioned in item b).

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 or more 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 works submitted do not
have the desired quality or are not in accordance with the scope and theme of the
5. Awards
a) The winning stories (one in each language) will be translated into two other
languages and published in a book to be presented at the following 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 previous edition of the
festival. The winners will, in this way, see their works published 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 Provisions
a) Submitting texts to the competition implies full acceptance of this regulation.
b) Works submitted in the contest will not be returned to their authors.
c) The Script Road reserves the right to publish for the period of three years, 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, either in book format or in
periodical publications associated with the Festival. The copyright for the first
publication (in books and periodical publications) belongs to the editor and the
subsequent to the respective authors.