Friday, 15 March 2013
Imprint 12 Launch and Saphira Prize Announcement


By Shannon Young

The main event on the Hong Kong WiPS social calendar is the launch party for IMPRINT. This is the twelfth year that members have gathered their best works of fiction, poetry, memoir, essays and art into a collection that showcases the many talents of Hong Kong's publishing women. To celebrate, over 80 WiPS ladies, their partners and curious creatives from Hong Kong and abroad gathered in the FCC for a crowded, joyous party.


The Hughes and Burton rooms, decorated with covers from past editions of IMPRINT, provided a cozy venue with just enough room to mingle and make regular trips to the hors d'oeuvre table and bar.


This year's IMPRINT bears a striking, modern cover featuring a typical Hong Kong sign, a temple door and a pair of shoes. Designer extraordinaire Tania Willis shared that the inspiration behind this year's cover is the way writers leave behind their everyday lives like a pair of shoes when they step into their creative work. It is sure to stand out on the shelves of bookstores and personal libraries across the city.


Attendees enjoyed readings from Jessica Wang, the winner of this year's Student Competition, and four IMPRINT contributors: Laura Besley, Mags Webster, Elizabeth Vongsaravanh and Aparna Assomull Bundro. Elizabeth made a special trip from Laos to read her poetry at the event.


The 2013 launch party celebrated a new development for WiPS, the awarding of the inaugural Saphira Prize for unpublished writing to Elsie Sze. Elsie, a longtime WiPS member and IMPRINT contributor, made a special trip from Canada to accept the Saphira Prize in person. Her novel will be edited and published by fellow WiPS members.


Thank you to all of the IMPRINT contributors, Saphira judges and WiPS committee members, past and present, who helped make this year's launch party a success!