Smart Alex 2022: Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to anyone currently attending a secondary school in New Zealand or in the Pacific Islands, and includes secondary home-educated students.
  2. For Years 9-10, the word limit guideline is 250 words, or up to 3 A4 pages if including illustrations.
  3. For Years 11-13, the word limit guideline is 500 words, or up to 6 A4 pages if including illustrations.
  4. Entries will feature creative writing/art or a written song/waiata in English or te reo Māori.
  5. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, in print or online (including self-published, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast. Any entry found to have been plagiarised will be disqualified. Entries must not infringe the rights of any other party.
  6. There is a limit of one entry per student.
  7. All entries must be accompanied by the official entry form, which can be downloaded from the FoTL website – and emailed (as a pdf or Word attachment) to the following address:
  8. The competition will be judged by members of FoTL and National Library staff. The judges’ decisions are final and no individual correspondence will be entered into. Judges will not comment or give feedback on individual stories.
  9. All competition entries will be acknowledged but not returned. Some entries may be taken into the permanent collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library as a record of Library activities.
  10. By submitting an entry, entrants agree that if their entry is a winner or highly commended, it may be edited and published in the publications of the Friends of Turnbull Library, in both print and online formats; and that all entries (excerpts or in full) may be used by FoTL and the Alexander Turnbull Library for publicity purposes. Prize-winners may be asked to send us a photo and some information about themselves.
  11. All entrants are advised that their personal data will be used for the purposes of administering the competition. Also FoTL will publish the names of winners and highly commended entrants on our website when we announce the winning results.
  12. Copyright of each entry will remain with the individual writers.

Note: Entry implies an acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Entries that fail to comply with the Terms and Conditions may be disqualified.