Calling for Couplet Composers at Central Subway Chinatown Station’s Plaza

May 21 Update: The contest has now closed.

Update: June 25, 2016

Opening in 2019, the new Central Subway Chinatown Plaza will feature a large couplet measuring 9 feet by 11 ½ inches high and 1 ½ inches wide outside the entrance of the station. All poets of any age are invited to submit a couplet for consideration for prominent, permanent placement at the plaza. The winner will also receive a $150 gift certificate at a local San Francisco Chinatown restaurant to celebrate with their friends and family.


It is hoped that entries will be inspired by the theme of transportation and can reflect or connect to Chinatown and Chinese Americans’ history.


The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 20. Submissions include an entry form and are to be mailed or hand delivered to Chinatown Community Development Center Program office, 663 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111. The winner will be judged in a blind review by a community panel to ensure a fair selection. There is no entry fee and please only one submission per person. Also note that this contest is only for the couplet prose and a professional calligrapher will generate the calligraphy. For questions, please contact Jerri Diep at (415) 984-1461. For electronic submissions, please e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

作品最後的提交日期為週五,五月二十號。提交成果需包含報名表格並通過郵寄或親自送往華協中心,地址位於663 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111。為確保比賽的公平公正,獲勝作品將經由社區全體陪審員以盲選的方式選出。本次比賽沒有報名費用,每人僅限提交一幅作品。需要注意的是這次比賽僅限於楹聯文字本身的創作,書法雕刻將由專業的書法家進行創作。如有任何疑問,歡迎致電諮詢Jerri Diep,電話(415) 984-1461。如果是透過電子郵件提交的話,請發到 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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