About the Judges and Prizes
The first three places, which recognise both the translator and the school, will receive different amounts of prize money: the first prize is NZ$500; the second prize, NZ$250; and the third, NZ$125. A special prize will also be given for the best translations from Latin or Greek, which will be awarded by The Honourable Chris Finlayson, New Zealand’s Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. The translations will be judged on both the translation and the selected literary work. The judges will take into account the accuracy and the literary merit of the translation, as well as the complexity and theme of the original.
Terms and Conditions
The instructions are simple: students choose their own piece—it can be either poetry or prose, written in any language, and no longer than 400 words—to translate into te reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language or English, the three official languages of the country. To participate, you must be under 19 and a New Zealand citizen or resident, and you must be studying either at a New Zealand secondary school or at a secondary school level at home. Submissions close on September 26, 2014. For more information about the terms and conditions and how to enter, visit the official website.