A Distant Longing: Dunedin Chinese Garden Student Essay Competition

A Garden of Distant Longing: Lan Yuan, Dunedin Chinese Garden Student Essay Competition

To celebrate last year’s tenth anniversary of Lan Yuan, the Dunedin Chinese Garden, we invite students of all Dunedin secondary schools to enter this exciting competition for 2019.

Submit an essay of no more than 1000 words about Lan Yuan, the Dunedin Chinese Garden, in the context of the remarkable contribution of the Chinese community in Dunedin and Otago from the gold rush to the present day. You could win a generous cash prize for yourself and your school, sponsored by the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust.

The competition closing date for entries is Thursday 29th August 2019.

Submit your entry online

Entry is restricted to students in years 11 to 13 of secondary schools in Dunedin City. The competition will be judged by four independent judges, and the winner will be announced on Friday 13th September. Closing date for entries is 11:59pm (NZT), 29th August 2019.

Proudly supported by the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust, Dunedin Public Libraries, and Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • A Garden of Distant Longing: Lan Yuan, Dunedin Chinese Garden Student Essay Competition runs until 29th August 2019.
  • Entries close at 11:59pm (NZT) on 29th August 2019.
  • Late entries will not be accepted into the competition.
  • The competition is open to students studying in years 11 to 13 at any secondary school in Dunedin City.
  • All entries must be typed.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • A strict word count of 1000 words maximum will be imposed.
  • All work must be original to the person on the entry form and unpublished. Only one entry per person.
  • Entries will be judged anonymously by the selected panel.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • Winners will be notified by Friday 13th September using the contact details provided on the entry form.
  • Entry is open to students who are resident in Dunedin and attending Dunedin City secondary schools only.
  • The prizes for the winners are:
    • 1st prize: $500 NZD (plus $500 to the school attended by the winning student)
    • 2nd prize: $250 NZD (plus $250 to the school attended by the winning student)
    • 3rd prize: $125 NZD (plus $125 to the school attended by the winning student)
    • 4th prize: $50 NZD (plus $50 to the school attended by the winning student)
  • Prize money will be presented to the winning students by cheque (NZ dollars) and their school at a special ceremony at Lan Yuan, Dunedin on Sunday 15th September 2019, in conjunction with the Moon Festival.
  • No alternative prizes can be offered.
  • Prize-winning works will be published in the Dunedin Public Libraries' publication NB, and may be published online by the Dunedin Chinese Garden, Dunedin Public Libraries, and Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.
  • A copy of all entries will be retained by the Dunedin Public Libraries, unless an entrant requests otherwise.
  • Please submit a copy of your original work as entries will not be returned.