Background Information

The Friends of the Turnbull Library NgāHoa o te Whare Pukapuka Turnbull have been supporting the work of the Alexander Turnbull Library since May 1939. We want this year’s creative writing competition to be a celebration of the centenary of the Alexander Turnbull Library. This wonderful national treasure – the beating heart of the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa – first opened its doors to the public in June 1920.

We decided to sponsor this 2020 Competition with $3,100 in prize money, to encourage creative responses to items in the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.