A Distant Longing: Dunedin Chinese Garden Student Essay Competition

Lan Yuan - A Distant Longing: Dunedin Chinese Garden Student Essay Competition 2019

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 750 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 opens on 13th May 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 18th October.  Closing date for entries is 1st October 2019.

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • A Distant Longing: Dunedin Chinese Garden Student Essay Competition runs from 13th May 2019 to 1st October 2019 inclusive.
  • Entries close at 11:59pm (NZT) on 1st October 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 750 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  • All work must be original to the person on the entry form and unpublished.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 18th October 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.
  • 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.