Rules of Entry
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Please read the following rules carefully before submitting your entry.
- There are three categories in these Awards: Short Story, Poetry, and True Story (formerly Research Report.
Short Story has two sections, the Open section, and Secondary School section. The Research Article only permits entries from secondary school students.
- The Poetry has two sections, the Open section, and Secondary School section.
- Short Story and Poetry 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.
- Short Story and Poetry 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.
- True Story entrants must have parents/guardians who are residents/ratepayers of the Taranaki region.
- Theme: All 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.
- Theme: True Story entries for 2023 should be about the following - A True Family Story.
- Entry to the competition will be online only with entrants submitting their entry (as a Word document in Arial 12 font) via our entry form)
- The work must be titled
- Each page must be numbered
- Please ensure you DO NOT have your name or address ANYWHERE in your uploaded document: we judge all entries 'blind' and including your name or address will invalidate your entry.
- Length: Short Story 2,000 words; Poetry 50 lines; True Story 750 - 1250 words
- 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.
- True Story - 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
- The competition opens on Thursday 15 June 2023 and closes at 11.59pm (NZ time) on Wednesday 23 August 2023. No entries will be accepted prior to the opening date or after the closing date.
- 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.
- Copyright remains with the author. However, STDC reserves the right to publish the winning entries without fee. A selection of 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.
- True Story - the winning student agrees to address a meeting of the Normanby & Districts Lions Club following the conclusion of the competition.
- Stuff's Taranaki Newspapers has the right to use articles for publication as they see fit.
- Entries selected for publication (including online); will be subject to edition to usual newspaper requirements before publication. This may include being abridged or in the case of the True Story, added to. Where possible, this will be in consultation with the author.
- By entering the competition and providing your details, you are consenting to us contacting you by email, post, or phone about the 2023 competition and related events. We may do so to give information, update you on shortlisted entries, let you know about available workshops, invite you to the October Awards Ceremony or any other related information.
2023 Shortlisting and Awards Dates
- Thursday 5 October 2023 - Shortlists announced
- Thursday 26 October 2023 - Awards Ceremony.
Please note that although shortlisted authors will be invited to the awards ceremony, the ceremony is open to the public, free to attend. Judges will also be in attendance.