The past 10 years have been an amazing decade for China as it has experienced spectacular growth economically, socially and in many other ways.

Foreigners who have lived in the county or have had any other dealings with the country any time from 2012 to 2022 must have some amazing stories to tell, be they about study, work or any other endeavor.

China Daily and Bank of China, in collaboration with China Services Information Platform (chinaservicesinfo.com), are pleased to announce that they are holding a story-telling contest from Aug 9 to Oct 15, open to any non-Chinese who have had dealings with China over the past 10 years. Entrants are not required to be in China at present.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.


works in three categories

what you can get

In the story-writing and video sections of the contest there are five first prizes, 10 second prizes and 15 third prizes. The first-prize winners will receive US $1,000 each, the second-prize winners $800 each and the third-prize winners $500 each.

Winners in the photography section will receive 200 yuan for each winning image.

China Daily will assemble the photos judged to be the 100 best into a collection, and some of these may be displayed at chinaservicesinfo.com and on its social media accounts.

The works submitted should be those of the person submitting them, reflecting real-life events that that person experienced as a witness or participant.

How to participate

Articles, which may include photographs

  • Length: Each story should be 500 to 1,000 words long and should include a short title.
  • Type and layout: Text should be in Times New Roman, the title being 16 point and the rest of the text 14 point. The text must be double-spaced and justified.
  • Format and presentation of any photos included: Either JPG or PNG, 1200 x 630 pixels. Each photo must be properly attributed with the photographer’s name and must have a caption of no more than 200 words. Note: Photos must be attached in a separate archive.


  • Time: From 2012 to 2022
  • Content: Images that portray China's people, its beauty such as scenery (rural or urban) customs and cultural heritage.
  • Format: One digital photo in color. Post-processing composite images in Photoshop are not accepted. Photo in JPG format, the long side is greater than 5,000 pixels, and the resolution ratio is 300.
  • Each photo must be properly attributed with the photographer's name and must have a caption of no more than 200 words.


  • Format: MP4 or MOV
  • Dimensions: 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Size: 1GB maximum, up to 4 minutes.
  • Caption: a brief introduction in 200 to 500 words.
  • There should be no background music. English subtitles, if necessary, must be properly time-aligned in a separate Word file.
  • A video cover should be added to the beginning of the video. A separate 16:9 ratio image for the video cover is also acceptable.


When you submit your article, photos or videos they must be accompanied by:

  • Your full English name (which we will regard as the title of your entry)
  • Your nationality
  • The name of your employer or the academic institution at which you study
  • Mobile telephone number
  • Email address

Your submission can be sent to: https://mychinastory.chinadaily.net.cn/submit


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