Smart Alex 2019 Competition Details

ENTRIES ARE CLOSED AND THE RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE for this year’s Smart Alex creative writing competition, sponsored by The Friends of the Turnbull Library Ngā Hoa o te Whare Pukapuka Turnbull and organised in conjunction with Services to Schools, National Library of New Zealand.

Once again next year we’ll be inviting 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 selected a range of images – some intriguing items from the Library’s collections to 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 was 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.

Entries closed for completed responses to at 5pm on Sunday 21 July 2019.

Results were announced on Monday 23 September 2019.