This year’s Smart Alex creative writing competition is sponsored by The Friends of the Turnbull Library Ngā Hoa o te Whare Pukapuka Turnbull. We invite a personal response from you to an item in the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library. Your response (or interpretation) can be a piece of creative writing, a poem, an illustrated graphic story, or the written lyrics for a song or waiata.
To get you going, we have selected a range of images – some intriguing items from the Library’s collections that may spark your imagination. But if you want to explore for yourself, you can search online to discover something else in the Alexander Turnbull collections that inspires you. Remember, entries can be prose, poetry, a combination of text and illustrations such as a cartoon strip or graphic story, or the written lyrics for a song or waiata. AND entries can be in English or te reo Māori.
Entry is open to anyone currently attending a secondary school in New Zealand or in the Pacific Islands. There are two age-group categories for entries: Years 9-10, and Years 11-13.
Submit your completed entry to SmartAlex100@dia.govt.nz by 5pm on Sunday 21 July 2019.
Results will be announced on Thursday 19 September 2019.