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Terms and Conditions
The New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competition 2017 Terms and Conditions of Entry
This competition is open to all New Zealand residents with the exception of members of the competition organising committee. Please note that the competition is open to writers residing outside of New Zealand so long as their work features New Zealand setting(s).
Competition closes at midnight on 15 August 2017.
The decisions of the judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into after the winners are announced.
You may enter as many times and in as many categories as you wish, but must pay the full rate for each entry.
Entry fees for poems and short prose are $15 per entry and for non-fiction books and novels the fees are $35 per book.
Submissions must be in English or have an English translation attached.
All book entries must have a New Zealand Heritage theme, and poetry and short prose entries must meet the 2017 theme of “Finding our Way.”
Poetry entries must be no more than 50 lines long.
Prose entries can be up to 1800 words long and may be short stories, essays, memoirs, features or creative non-fiction.
Novels and non-fiction books must have been published between August 2016 and September 2017.
The work must be original and belong to you – by entering the competition, you are stating that the work is your own, or you have the permission of the author to enter.
Writers may enter previously published short prose and poetry, so long as the writer retains the copyright.
There is no restriction on entering other competitions or submitting poetry and prose for publication.
The organisers acknowledge the moral rights provision of the Copyright Act 1994, including the right to be identified as the author of the work and the right to object to derogatory treatment of the work. To preserve the artistic integrity of the entry, no work will be intentionally edited, altered, demeaned or misrepresented in anyway.
The entrant fully indemnifies the organisers against any claims arising from the display or use of unaltered work and from the infringement of intellectual property rights of any third party.
Work will not be returned unless specifically requested and additional payment to cover postage and packaging will be required. The organisers undertake not to sell, auction or profit from entries.
The organisers will only reproduce prize-winning entries in newspapers, magazines, television and internet contexts that specifically advertise, promote, acknowledge or celebrate the event – any other use will be negotiated with the copyright holder and agreed in writing.
By entering the competition, the entrant is consenting to these terms and conditions.
We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month at Formaggio's. Our committee meeting runs 6pm - 7pm. From 7 onward we have a drop-in style writers' group. Bring ~8 copies of a short piece of prose or poetry to share. An excellent opportunity for critique in a safe, encouraging creative community. All welcome!
Word by Word – Our Weekly Writers’ Group
As writers, sometimes half the battle is blocking out all the other things we could be doing, and putting words down, whether it be pen on paper, or fingers on keys.
We meet each Tuesday during the school term, from 9am to 12 noon. Join us in the Young Adults section at the South Library on Colombo Street.
Bring your laptop or notebook and something to work on. We truly do shut up and write... most of the time. And, bonus, RED Cafe does table service all the way down this end of the library!