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Lyric Writing
 
Competition

On a High Note

Have you ever tried writing a song?

 

2024 is the 75th anniversary of the first wholly New Zealand-made record, ‘Blue Smoke’.

 

Your challenge in 2024 is to write song lyrics that refer to Aotearoa New Zealand in some way.

You do not have to put your lyrics to music but if you are a winner then we will be in touch to discuss the possibilities of recording your song! 

 

You can find more information, tips, prompts and details of masterclasses on our blog.

Terms and Conditions below.

Two winners in each age group will receive a $30 Scorpio Books Voucher.

DEADLINE: FRIDAY APRIL 26 2024

UPDATE: Following a request from young writers we have decided to allow collaboration for this competition! Please enter all collaborator's names. But there is still only one prize- you will need to share. 

 

Many thanks to Telling Tales: Scorpio Children’s Books for their generosity in assisting with prizes for this competition.

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Write On - Competition Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions

 

Please read the competition guidelines, terms and conditions below.

 

  • All submissions must be via our online form using the ENTER NOW button above.

  • Please take a moment to check your writing- is it your very best work?

  • Song Word Limit: 24 Lines ( This should allow for at least two verses and a chorus)

  • You do not have to put your lyrics to music but if you are a winner then we will be in touch to discuss the possibilities of recording your song! 

  • Ask a teacher or parent to read it over and give you some feedback.

  • Please format your work in size 12, Times New Roman, black.

  • No pictures or illustrations please - let your wonderful lyrics create the pictures.

  • Please make sure the title of your entry is at the top of your page.

  • All entries will be judged blind, so please do not include your name or school on your entry.

  • Work can be entered as .doc or .pdf files only.

  • Please make sure you pay your entry fee. This goes towards paying the judges. We are a charitable organisation. Please pay your entry fee ($6.00 per individual entry, or $30.00 for every six entries from a school to our Bank Account: The School for Young Writers  03 1704 0036137 000 Code: Your surname (individuals) or your school’s name (groups) Reference: COMPETITION). Schools with multiple entries may request an invoice. 

  • No simultaneous submissions - please don’t send your writing to another publication or competition until after May 30 2024

  • If you are selected as a winner we may make small edits before publication. 


Closing date: Friday, April 26 2024

 

Winning entries will be published in Write On: Issue 62 June 2024. Winners will be contacted in late May 2024

 

No correspondence will be entered into. The judges’ decision is final.

 

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