IKA Creative Writing Prize 2016

The Ika Creative Writing Prize* is a competition for writers who live in the greater Auckland area.

There are two categories:

  • High school students in Years 12-13
  • Adults aged 18 years or older.

Share the stories within and around you, in a forum that celebrates your passion and expression. Your life writing or creative non-fiction can be on any theme – examples include personal essays, reviews, and memoirs.

Entries will be judged by authors Robert Sullivan and Sue Orr.

The prizes

Prizes for first place and first runner-up will be awarded in each category.

  • First prize: A scholarship of $2,300 to study creative writing at MIT
  • First runner-up: a Booksellers gift voucher to the value of $100.

Entry details

Entries open on Friday 1 July, and close on Friday 26 August 2016.

  • Only one entry per person is permitted.
  • Submissions may be up to 4,000 typed words in total.

To enter, please complete the online entry form, which will be live until 5pm on Friday, 26 August 2016.

Read the full terms and conditions here
  1. Manukau Institute of Technology's ("MIT") 'IKA Creative Writing Prize. 'Life Writing' promotion ("Promotion") runs from 9am on Friday 1 July 2016 to 5pm on Friday 26 August 2016 ("Term").
  2. Entries that comply with these terms and conditions will go into the Promotion draw. By entering the Promotion you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  3. The Promotion is open to:
    1. High School Category:  all New Zealand citizens and permanent residents residing in the wider Auckland region who attend high school in either year 12 or 13, or who are studying NCEA 2 or 3 as home schooled students, up until at least September 2016; or
    2. Adult Category:  Adults aged 18 years or older who are permanent residents residing in the wider Auckland region.
  4. An employee of MIT or its subsidiaries or an immediate family member thereof cannot enter the Promotion.
  5. MIT will allow one entry/submission from each participant.
  6. Participants can enter the Promotion by electronically submitting a completed entry form and written submission in Word or PDF format at https://ikajournal.submittable.com/submit/56115 (live from 1 July 2016 until 26 August 2016). All written entries must be typed in English, and up to 4,000 words in total. The entries must be original work by the submitter and not previously published.
  7. Entries received outside the Term will not be accepted. All entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt into the Promotion database, not at the time of transmission.
  8. Prizes will be offered in two age groups, in one category: Life Writing.The prizes are:
  9. (a) Winner in each age group: Scholarship for up to $2,300 (including GST) enrolment fees only to study creative writing at MIT, subject to the winner meeting the entry requirements of the selected programme (winner must enrol for the 2017 programme by Friday, 09 December 2016);

    (b) First Runner Up in each age group: A Booksellers Gift Voucher valued at $100 (including GST).

  10. Prizes are not transferrable, exchangeable, nor redeemable for cash
  11. The judging panel has complete discretion in judging applications for the prizes. The decision of the judging panel is final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. Prizes will be awarded to the winners at a ceremony at the Faculty of Creative Arts on Thursday 6 October  2016. Winners will be contacted in advance of the ceremony by email and/or phone, and invited to the ceremony to receive their prize on 6 October 2016. Winners will also be announced on the MIT Creative Arts Facebook page. The high school winner may also be announced at their 2016 end of year school prize giving.
  13. MIT shall have the right to assess the validity of any entry into the Promotion. If requested by MIT the prize winner shall provide evidence proving the validity of entry to MIT's satisfaction. In the event that MIT is not satisfied that the winner meets all the requirements of these terms and conditions, MIT reserves the right at its sole discretion to redraw the winner immediately.
  14. MIT reserves the right to publish entries online and in Ika journal, together with the full name and school (if applicable) of the author. Each participant will retain all existing copyright ownership rights in any original work.
  15. MIT may ask the prize winners to make themselves available for publicity purposes (at MIT's expense). The prize winners will not receive payment for such publicity. The form and content of such publicity will be agreed between MIT and the prize winners and may include publication of a prize winner's name and image.
  16. MIT will collect and hold personal information provided in relation to each Promotion entry for the purposes of the Promotion. All such personal information will be held by MIT as is notified to the participant upon entry and otherwise in accordance with MIT's Privacy Policy (at www.manukau.ac.nz/site-help/privacy). Participants have the right to request access to and correction of their personal information.
  17. MIT reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or terminate the Promotion at any time at its sole discretion.
  18. To the extent permitted by law, MIT excludes all liability (including negligence) for any loss, damage or injury whatsoever, whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the Promotion. Further, MIT is not responsible for third party acts or omissions.