THE 2019 COMPETITION
*UPDATE: Prize money increased to $5000 and deadline extended by a week to Sunday, 2 June*
The 2019 Maxim Institute Essay Competition is an opportunity for young thinkers to reflect on the kind of society they want to see New Zealand become. A prize of $5000 will be awarded to the author of the winning essay, as judged by a panel that includes Maxim Institute staff and an external expert. The winner will be announced at the 2019 Sir John Graham Lecture.
This year, we invite entrants to explore what a hopeful and transformative response to the tragedy in Christchurch might look like.
“We cannot know your grief, but we can walk with you at every stage. We can. And we will surround you with aroha, manaakitanga and all that makes us, us. Our hearts are heavy but our spirit is strong.”
– Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
Discuss how New Zealand society could understand and apply aroha and manaakitanga as guiding principles in our long-term response to the Christchurch terror attacks.
In your answer you should consider policy and cultural responses at different levels of society. Where appropriate, you should draw on historical examples of how other societies and communities have responded in the wake of traumatic and violent events.
We invite essay submissions from all New Zealand residents between the ages of 18-30 responding to this year’s question. Essays must be between 2000 and 2500 words in length (not including footnotes), emailed in a Word document to email@example.com by 11:59pm, Sunday, 2 June 2019.
Terms & Conditions
By entering this essay competition, you agree to the following terms and conditions:
- The competition is open to people aged between 18 – 30 years old (inclusive).
- The competition is open to New Zealand citizens and residents only.
- Current and former Maxim Institute Staff and Board members, their families, and anyone else involved in the preparation and judging of the competition are ineligible to enter.
- The Essay
- Entries must be between 2000 and 2500 words in length, written in English, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attachments are permitted, preferably a Microsoft Word document.
- Entries must be received by 11:59pm, 02/06/2019. Any entries received after this time will be ineligible for the competition.
- Entries must be the original work of the author, and properly referenced according to standard academic definitions.
- Entering the competition grants Maxim Institute permission to publish your essay and identify you as the author when doing so.
- Maxim Institute reserves the right to edit or adapt the essay (with the participation of the original author) to make it suitable for use in a different context, e.g. shortened for publication online.
- Prizes and Judging
- The winner will receive NZD $5000 and 2 tickets to the 2019 Sir John Graham Lecture (one for the winner and one nominated person). Travel and accommodation for the lecture are not included. Prizes are not transferable.
- The winner will be notified by email or phone on 21/06/2019 using the details provided by the entrant. We will make all reasonable attempts to contact the winner, however, if no response is received by 25/06/2019 we reserve the right to award the competition to the next best entrant.
- The judging panel will consist of Maxim Institute staff and an external expert.
- The decision of the judging panel is final.
- Maxim Institute reserve the right not to award the prizes if none of the submitted entries are of acceptable quality in the sole discretion of the judging panel.