Margaret Mahy Starlight Essay and Poetry competition (for school aged writers)

Margaret Mahy Starlight Essay and Poetry competition at the Starlight Festival [celebrating the creation of the southern hemisphere’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, in the Mackenzie Basin and at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island]Southern skies starlight reserve

Students in Years 5 – 8 and 9 – 13 are invited to submit an Essay of not more than 600 words or a poem of no more than 40 lines by August 12th 2013.

Students are invited to choose one of these themes:

·         I am inspired by stars in the night sky

·         What can we do about light pollution?

·         Darkness

Prose or poetry can be imaginary, historical or scientifically based.

Judges will be looking for knowledge of the southern stars and either good research or imaginative use of astronomy.

Aoraki Dark sky reserveClearly expressed, grammatically correct English is expected.

The 10 best entries will win an exciting weekend at Tekapo all expenses paid, a kitset Galileoscope and a visit to the University Observatory at Mt John along with a Certificate presented by veteran NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins, who will be at the festival as a special guest.

For further information go to

The competition is part of the Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival, organized by the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky reserve Board in partnership with the University of Canterbury.”

Aorak night sky reserve


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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