The Bi’an Award

The Bi’an Award is a new writing competition open to UK-based writers of Chinese heritage and supported by Arts Council England, Arvon and Stand magazine.

Many thanks to our judges and thank you for all who submitted entries, and congratulations to the winners and runners up!

2018 Winners

Poetry: Plum Nest (Jingan Young)
Fiction: Cycling A Protest Walk (Lab Ky Mo)
Script: Take Me Away (David Tse)

2018 Runners Up


Francesca – Lisa Kiew 
The Unofficial History of the Forests – Jay G Ying 
And Yet Eyes Resemble Oysters – Kia Yee Ang 
Letters From My Great- Grandmother – Natalie Bolderston 
Another Language – Jennifer Lee Tsai 
The Best Girls – Jennifer Wong 


Sea View - Panni Loh  
The Day We Made Chai Tow Kway - Jenna Ng
The Gift - Anne Chen


Sweet and Sour - Kooi Chock Glendinning
The Night of the Living Toys - David Cheung 

The Award


Writers may submit poems of up to 20 lines, a short story of up to 1000 words, or a five-minute script, in English. The editors of Stand, Elaine Glover, John Whale and Jon Glover, and writer, Yan Ge, are our judges. Prizes  include free places on the Bi’an Arvon residential writing course, April 1st  – 6th 2019, and publication in the prestigious international literary magazine, Stand.

The competition is open for entries and full terms and conditions can be downloaded above. Winners will be announced at the Bi’an industry networking event at Northern Stage Theatre on 1st December 2018 and winning entries will be published in the June 2019 issue of Stand.

Find out more about Stand:

What is Arvon?

We are working in partnership with Arvon to run the Bi’an residential writing course from 1st – 6th April, 2019, in the beautiful setting of the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank in West Yorkshire.

Led by experienced Chinese-heritage writers, the five-day course will provide a chance to step away from your normal routine, immerse yourself in the creative process, and be inspired by your tutors and fellow writers.

Find out more about the Bi’an residential course on our events page.

Find out more about  Arvon's Lumb Bank Centre:

Our Judges


Jon Glover
Managing Editor –
Stand magazine

Poet, Jon Glover, is Managing Editor of the literary magazine Stand, Research Professor at the University of Bolton and Honorary Fellow at the School of English, University of Leeds. His most recent collection, Magnetic Resonance Imaging was published by Carcanet in 2012.


John Whale
Co-editor –
Stand magazine

John Whale is Co-editor of Stand and Director of the Poetry Centre and Professor of Romantic Literature at the University of Leeds. His poetry has been widely-published including his collection Frieze published by Carcanet in 2013.


Elaine Glover
Co-editor –
Stand magazine

Elaine Glover is Co-editor of Stand. She was born in Upstate New York and came to the UK in 1964. She has been involved in running Stand for many years.


Yan Ge
Chairperson –
China Young Writers’ Association

Novelist, Yan Ge has been publishing since she was 10 years old. She has published eleven books, mainly for young adults, and has been named as one of 20 Future Literature Masters of China. She is currently chairperson of China Young Writers’ Association.