“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]
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?
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.
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 www.starlightfestival.org.nz
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.”