Full Details Writing Competition

July 1, 2018


Bay of Plenty Writing Competition
Pioneering women captured many aspects of life on film and in the press during the last decades of the 19th century and the early 20th century.

The Western Bay Museum challenges you to write your own story capturing a moment of struggle, drama and change, as the suffragists did.

You are a journalist and press photographer during a time of great change and upheaval of politics in New Zealand.  Capture in words and pictures the mood of that time, including the campaign for women’s right to vote and the dramatic parades and processions that took place.

The ‘Suffrage’ movement composed of different groups who campaigned in different ways.  Some groups were peaceful and sought to change people’s minds through demonstrations, petitions and lobbying. Groups differed in tactics but were united in their message, and often worked together.

With the click of an ‘imagined’ camera lens, capture the feeling of a whole movement. Include some of the key members of the suffrage movement who ultimately changed the lives of women in New Zealand and throughout the world. If you choose to tell the story of one of your forbears, please indicate your source.



Can you capture a moment like this in your writing?
Using images from the time that inspire you, create a story, which captures a moment or a memory.  You can take inspiration from anything in published documents or photographs, as well as the story of the suffrage movement so long as you acknowledge the source.

Your entry will be presented as follows:
Font:    Size 12/14. Arial, Times New Roman or Courier Title:    Your own Paragraph layout: Indent after first paragraph, justify the text Number your pages:  At the bottom Word count :  At the bottom
Write in a Word document, then save as a PDF before emailing your story to the corresponding email address.




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