Announcing the WORD Christchurch Science Poetry Competition!

August 8, 2018


Calling all aspiring writers! Enter the WORD Christchurch Science Poetry Competition in association with University of Canterbury


Send us your poems on a science theme:
The environment. The stars. Gravitational waves. A great scientist. The choice is yours.

Open to all Canterbury secondary school students and judged by poet Helen Heath, author of Are Friends Electric? and Graft, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize.


Great prizes to be won
The winner will receive $100 book voucher from the University Bookshop, a $100 Prezzie card, a copy of Helen Heath’s Are Friends Electric? and Laurie Winkless’s Science and the City.

The winning poem will be read in front of a live audience during the WORD Christchurch Festival before the session Laurie Winkless: Science and the City, with the winner receiving a family pass to the session:

Saturday, 1 September, 4pm,
The Piano, 156 Armagh St


Competition criteria and conditions

Open to secondary school students from Year 9 to Year 13.

Entries close 5pm, Thursday 23 August.

Winners will be notified by phone and email by Wednesday 29 August.

Science categories are very broad. Applicants can choose how and what aspect of science they wish to write about – from human behaviour to nanotechnology and the stars. As an example, a subject area might include our natural world (biology, geology, geography) astronomy, human or animal behaviour (biology and psychology), people and place (geography), chemistry or physics.

Written work is not to exceed 250 words

By entering this competition you are giving WORD Christchurch and the University of Canterbury the right to reproduce the work and share it as part of UC and WORD Christchurch communications activities.

The finalist entries will be displayed at the WORD Christchurch Festival (29 August – 2 September) in the entrance foyer. The winning entry will be shared on Facebook and the WORD Christchurch website and will be read out, either by the winner or the judge Helen Heath, at the Laurie Winkless: Science and the City event on 1 September, 4pm, at the Piano, 156 Armagh St.

The judge will have the final say in the winning entries.

No late entries will be accepted.

The original work submitted must be the work of the competition entrant named on the entry.

You may enter up to five poems.

Travel costs are the responsibility of the winner.

By entering the competition you agree to the competition entry information being used by the University of Canterbury to communicate information about things directly related to studying at UC.

By entering into the competition you agree to WORD Christchurch and the University of Canterbury using your photo in publications and marketing materials.


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