The competition opens on Tuesday June 5 2018 and closes at 11.59pm (NZ Time) on Wednesday August 15 2017. No entries will be accepted prior to the opening date or after the closing date.
Entrants in the Secondary School section must have parents/guardians who are residents or ratepayers of the South Taranaki District. The entrants must be attending a secondary school or be home schooled at a secondary school level.
Entrants in the Open section must be over 13 years of age, and must be residents or ratepayers of the wider Taranaki region. You must not be eligible for the secondary school section.
Entrants in the Research Article must have parents/guardians who are residents/ratepayers of the Taranaki region.
Short Story and Poetry entries should reflect aspects of present day life in the local area or a revealing character description of a local person rather than science fiction, futuristic or foreign settings.
Entries must be a word document in Arial 12 font and must be uploaded with entry form. (You will be prompted to do this when filling out your online entry.)
The work must be titled and your name must not appear on the work.
All entries must be the original work of the entrant alone and must not have appeared in any publication.
Teachers may advise a student on their work in the initial stages, however, the final entry piece must not be edited by a teacher.
The maximum length for short story/script entries is 2,000 words. The maximum length for poetry is 50 lines. The research article should be between 750 -1250 words.
Research article - You must provide evidence of two sources (not within the work itself) and the article must be accompanied by at least one photograph, 3MG, jpg file and must be credited.
Entrants may submit a maximum of five entries in each of the short story and poetry sections. Only one entry is permitted for the research article.,
Entries in poetry and short story must not contain any photographs or illustrations.
Poems may be rhymed or unrhymed and may take any poetic form.
Once an entry is submitted, the manuscript is final. The entry cannot be withdrawn and no alterations can be made to it.
The South Taranaki District Council (STDC) takes no responsibility for entries.
All entries will receive an acknowledgement of their entry immediately on submission.
Manuscripts will not be returned to the entrants.
STDC will endeavour to arrange first publication and/or broadcast of the winning manuscript.
All entries submitted remain the property of the entrant. However STDC reserves the right to publish the winning entries without fee. A selection of the manuscripts (other than the winner) may be chosen for publication (without fee) after the presentation of the Awards.
Winners' names, entry details, biographical information and photographs will be required by STDC for promotional purposes.
The entries chosen as finalists will be universally formatted to fit our chosen template for publication. Finalists will be given the opportunity to correct spelling mistakes and grammar prior to publication.
Research Article - the winning student agrees to address a meeting of the Normanby Lions Club following conclusion of the competition.
The Taranaki Daily News has the right to use articles for publication as they see fit.
Entries selected for publication (including online); will be subject to editing to usual newspaper requirements before publication. This may include being abridged or added to. Where possible this will be in consultation with the author.
Prizes & Eligibility
There are five categories.
The Secondary School Section – Two categories ; Poetry and Short Story. Eligibility – for all secondary school students whose parents/caregivers are residents or ratepayers of the South Taranaki District. Entries are limited to five per person.
The Open Section – Two Categories; Poetry and Short Story– Eligibility - for all residents or ratepayers in the wider Taranaki region who are over the age of 13 years and are not eligible for the Secondary School section. Entries are limited to five per person.
Research Article – Eligibility – for all secondary students whose parents/caregivers are residents or ratepayers in the Taranaki region. Entries are limited to one per person.
Prizes in each category comprise: 1st prize $500 2nd prize $300 3rd prize $200 Winner of the research article also receives a 1 year subscription to the Taranaki Daily News.
The Awards ceremony is held in October each year at Hawera LibraryPlus and is open to the public.