Here's How to Participate in Our Fall 2020 Writing Contest

By That's GBA, September 18, 2020

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Have a fascinating travel story, badass poem, or erotic tale that you’re burning to share? Looking to get published on and our Official WeChat Accounts? Then sharpen those pencils, dear readers – it’s YOUR time to write.

We’re stoked to announce that the Fall 2020 That’s GBA Writing Contest is now officially underway!

We welcome all creative residents of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) to submit their best piece of writing (maximum 600 words) to with the subject ‘Writing Contest.’

Winners will be announced and published on our digital platforms. Additional prizes include an epic one-night hotel stay, wine and F&B vouchers.

The deadline for all submissions is Friday September 25, 2020 at 6pm (China Standard Time). Finalists will be notified soon after and invited to attend a reading event and party on October 11 from 2-4pm at Sheraton Guangzhou. Stay tuned for more details!

We look forward to reading your submissions! If you need inspiration, check out some of the winning prose from our previous contests.


1. Email your best writing piece (600 words or fewer) to with the subject ‘Writing Contest’ by or before Friday September 25, 2020 at 6pm (China Standard Time).

2. Tell us your name, occupation, cell phone number and city of residence (must be in Guangdong province).

3. Tell us what genre best describes your work. For example – travel piece, poetry, erotic fiction, etc.

4. Submit an original photo or drawing that complements your work (optional but suggested).

Rules & Specifications:

1. Submissions made after Friday September 25, 2020 at 6pm (China Standard Time) will not be considered.

2. Only one writing piece will be accepted per applicant. We will consider the first piece you send.

3. Writing pieces that exceed 600 words will not be considered.

4. Each piece must be your own original work that has never been published elsewhere.

5. Be aware that winning pieces will be featured in That’s Guangzhou and That’s Shenzhen Official WeChat accounts, so please avoid submitting personally or politically sensitive content.

6. Winning pieces may be edited in order to adhere to the That’s GBA style guide.

7. While work of all genres and styles will be considered, suggested categories include: erotic fiction, poetry, travel writing and short stories, both fiction and nonfiction.

8. All submitted pieces are confidential. That’s GBA will not share the content of submitted works without approval from the author.

Questions? Please send your inquiries to

READ MORE: The Winners of the That's PRD Writing Contest Spring 2018

[Cover image via Pixabay]

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