The 2019 Smart Alex Creative Writing Competition for Secondary School Students

Student competitions and scholarships

Posted: 18 June 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9vAF

For a second year, the Friends of the Turnbull Library are running the Smart Alex creative writing competition. The aim is to celebrate the centenary of Alexander Turnbull and his remarkable legacy.

Secondary students and secondary home-educated students in New Zealand and the South Pacific are invited to respond to or interpret an image from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library and produce either:

  • a piece of creative writing
  • an illustrated graphic story
  • a written song/waiata.

Entries can be in English or te reo Māori.

This year’s theme is Tuia Encounters 250, which acknowledges 250 years since the beginning of sustained onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Prizes

Friends of the Turnbull Library are offering a total of $3,000 in prizes across two age groups:

  • Y9–10 — the winner receives $600 cash and the runner-up receives $300 cash. The winner's school library receives a $150 book token.
  • Y11–13 — the winner receives $800 cash and the runner-up receives $400 cash. The winner's school library receives a $150 book token.

As well, up to 12 students with highly commended entries will receive a certificate and a $50 book token.

Encourage your students to enter now 

The competition opened 4 March, and final entries must be received no later than 5pm, Sunday 21 July.

Winners and highly commended entries will be announced Thursday 19 September.

The official entry form and competition details are available on the Friends of the Turnbull Library website.

The National Library website has posters to download to help promote the competition, along with tips for finding images, and ideas to help kick-start your students’ creativity.

Further information

Contact: Jo Buchan, National Library or Kate Fortune, Friends of the Turnbull Library

 Jo (09) 365 8850, Kate (021) 109 4001

SmartAlex100@dia.govt.nz

turnbullfriends.org.nz/schools-competition