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 is 250 words, or up to 3 A4 pages if including illustrations.
  3. For Years 11–13, the word limit is 500 words, or up to 6 A4 pages if including illustrations.
  4. Entries will feature creative writing, or a story + artwork, or written song lyrics or a waiata, and can be 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 copyright of any other party.
  6. There is a limit of one entry per student.
  7. The competition commences on 4 March 2019, and entries must be received no later than 5pm on Sunday 21 July 2019.
  8. Winners and highly commended entries will be announced on Thursday 19 Sept 2019.
  9. All entries must be submitted (with a pdf or Word attachment) to the following address: SmartAlex100@dia.govt.nz
  10. Entries must use the official entry form, which can be completed and submitted from the FoTL website.
  11. The competition will be judged by Eirlys Hunter (author of The Mapmakers Race) and 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/poems/lyrics.
  12. 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 centenary activities.
  13. By submitting an entry, entrants agree that if their entry wins or is highly commended, it may be edited and published in the print publications of the Friends of Turnbull Library (FoTL), and/or on our website; 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 a photo and some information about themselves.
  14. All entrants are advised that their personal data will be used for the purposes of managing and administering the competition. Data will NOT be shared with third parties. FoTL will publish the names of winners and highly commended entrants on our website when we announce the winning results on 19 September 2019.
  15. Copyright of each entry will remain with the individual writers.
  16. Entry implies acceptance of all these Terms and Conditions. Entries that fail to comply with these Terms and Conditions may be disqualified.