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Smart Alex - Creative writing competition for secondary school students

Would your secondary students like to take part in an exciting writing competition and win great cash prizes?

The Friends of the Turnbull Library (FoTL) have announced a creative writing competition open to all secondary school students in New Zealand and the South Pacific.

The aim is to celebrate the centenary of Alexander Turnbull and his remarkable legacy.

Entry is free and comes with more than $2,000 in prize money.

Start creating

Students need to produce a piece of creative writing where they personally respond to, or interpret, an item in the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Submissions can be prose, poetry, or a combination of text and illustrations such as a cartoon strip or graphic story.

To help kick-start your imagination and ignite those creative fires, we've collected some evocative items from the Turnbull collections.

Or search online to discover something in the collections that personally inspires you.

Entry details

For Years 9–10, the word limit is 250 words, or up to 3 A4 pages if including illustrations. The winner will receive $500, the runner-up $200. The winner’s school library also receives a $150 book token.

For Years 11–13, the word limit is 500 words, or up to 6 A4 pages if including illustrations. The winner receives $1000, the runner-up $300. The winner’s school library also receives a $150 book token.

Entries must be received no later than 5pm 22 July 2018.

For more details and an entry form, visit the FoTL website.

 


Updated on 12th March 2018