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  • Competition, Library Serf

    NZTA Remix Competition

    15.08.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on NZTA Remix Competition

    The New Zealand Transport Agency is running a competition for schools called “Safer Journeys for Teens” (more information right here) in which you can win cash prizes for your school. We noticed that one of the categories is “Literary Remix” in which you can mash up Shakespeare a bit in the context of traveling safely. If you’re interested in entering, come to the library for inspiration! We’ve got a selection of Shakespeare DVDs in the Young Adult collection (80c on a YA card), and also Cliffs Notes on Shakespeare (if you’re short on time). We also have the Complete Works (if you’re not). Enjoy remixing!


  • Competition, Sport, Vic Ferrari

    Guess Who Competition

    15.09.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Guess Who Competition

    While the Rugby World Cup is in action Wellington City Libraries have a competition running that gives you the chance to win an official RWC rugby ball, shirt, scarf, pins & keyring (RRP $200) kindly donated by the Wellington City Council. What do I have to do to win all that sweet swag you say? Well, have a look at the silhouettes of the eight famous number tens below…

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    Do you recognise any of them? Yes, no, maybe? You can take a guess and enter here (the names are listed, so even if you’re not a rugby scholar like me you still have a good shot). You have to be 14 and over to enter and the winner will be announced on the 30th of October so get your entries in before then, ok?

    Terms & Conditions of entry:

    1. Contestants must be over the age of 14 years
    2. Contestants must be current members of Wellington City Libraries
    3. Only one entry from each library card holder will be accepted
    4. Wellington City Libraries and their families are not permitted to enter
    5. The Prizewinner gives his/her permission to Wellington City Libraries to display photos and/or publish his/her name.

    Please note: the judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.


  • Competition, Music, New, Synthesiser Patel

    Win A Cut Off Your Hands Bag!

    31.08.11 | Permalink | 1 Comment

    Auckland natives, Cut Off Your Hands, released their second full-length album, Hollow, recently. It’s really good. A more fully realised version of the new wave/post punk sound they’ve been producing since 2006. But why listen to me when you can preview some of the new tracks below? They do a much better job of describing the sound, since they are the sound.

    If you read the title of this post and then expected a competition to win a bag, fear not, I didn’t mislead you! Simply be the first to comment on this post (and also have a valid Wellingon Libraries YA card) to win a swell Cut Off Your Hands tote bag. It’s official. You could carry library books and the other Cut Off Your Hands CDs the library has (You & I, Blue On Blue and Cut Off Your Hands) home in it. Do it!


  • Competition, Happenings, Library Serf

    Cassandra Clare in Kilbirnie

    02.05.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Cassandra Clare in Kilbirnie

    Cassandra Clare, author of the bestselling Mortal Instruments series, will be visiting New Zealand next week, including a whirlwind stop for a booksigning at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie on Tuesday the 10th of May. If you’re interested in attending, email the Children’s Bookshop: more information, including times and email address, is here.

    On the subject, Booksellers NZ is giving you the chance to win a copy of City of Fallen Angels. You just need to enter before 5pm on Wednesday the 4th (you’ve got two days!).


  • Competition, Library Serf, Writing

    The BNZ Literary Awards 2011

    06.04.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on The BNZ Literary Awards 2011

    The BNZ Literary Awards are possibly New Zealand’s most famous awards for short story writing. Previous winners include such luminaries as CK Stead, Frank Sargeson, Maurice Shadbolt and Keri Hulme.

    There is a Young Writer’s award for secondary school students (prize is $1,500, plus the kudos of winning your school a further $2,000).

    Entries for the Young Writer’s award close on 31 May 2011.

    Most interesting (from a teen blog perspective) is the Short Short Story competition they are running this year. Here at the teen blog we love short short stories, so we approve of this addition. The short short story competition runs from 25 April to 16 May and must be submitted through Facebook – note the closing date is different for this award, and don’t miss out! 150 words: no problem.

    For more information, and to enter your story, visit the BNZ Facebook page (if you like them they’ll also send you alerts and updates about the competition).


  • Competition, Library Serf

    And Another Global Competition

    19.01.11 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    The 90 Second Newbery Film Festival is a worldwide competition in which entrants get the chance to condense a classic Newbery medal winning (or honour) book (see here for a list) into a 90 second dramatisastion.

    It’s a (very little) bit like writing a haiku of an epic classic, but involving more effort and equipment, and the chance that your offering will be shown at a glitzy event at the New York Public Library. Deadline: 15 September 2011.

    The first entry, for A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is here.

    Thanks to the people at the National Library (NZ) for pointing this one out.


  • Competition, Horror, Simon

    Global Twilight Superfan Competition

    14.01.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Global Twilight Superfan Competition

    There’s another competition that anyone in the world can enter. Are you a Twilight Superfan? Can you prove your superfandom somehow? Because if you can you and ten others could get to meet and spend time with Stephenie Meyer. Where and for how long I do not know! Presumably it will be somewhere cool (a castle! a cruise ship!) and for just long enough (but not so long that conversation dries up).

    Good luck, Superfans!


  • Competition, Internet, Science!, Simon

    Google Global (!) Youth Science Fair

    14.01.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Google Global (!) Youth Science Fair

    Google is running a Global Science Fair for teens. As it is global, anyone in the world can enter. Even a NZer. Especially a NZer, since we’re quite good at innovation and science. Entrants (i.e. everyone reading this I hope*) need to be between the ages of 13 and 18, and can work solo or in groups of up to three. You enter it online obviously! 

    *The prizes are beyond awesome. They are actually epic. Guys you need to win this.


  • Art, Competition, Library Serf

    Library week comps

    24.07.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Library week comps

    Library Week is coming up, and they are running a graphic novel competition. There are two age groupings! One for teens, and one for adults. You only need to add four frames to the continuing story to enter, and it begins on Monday, the 26th (and finishes on the 20th of August, during Library Week).

    There are other competitions you can enter as well.


  • Adrienne, Competition, Writing

    Re-Draft 2010

    23.07.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Re-Draft 2010

    Re-Draft, an annual competition for teenage writers is on again. Your work could be selected for publication by judges Tessa Duder and James Norcliffe. Check in your school library for last year’s copy of the Re-Draft book ‘Fishing for Birds’ and you’ll find the entry form in the back. Good luck!


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