“Another World is Possible” essay competition 2015

Photo shows workers protesting the death of Fred Evans, the miner who was shot in a Waihi union hall in 1912 by a gang of drunken cops and scabs.

For the second time, the Labour History Project is running an essay competition to inspire debate on alternative futures.

In December 2014, an OECD report ranked New Zealand as the most deeply affected by growing income inequality out of all developed countries. It makes the case that we are all affected by growing income inequality, not just those in the lowest tenth of households in New Zealand. In this context, the Labour History Project invites progressive New Zealanders of all ages to offer visions and strategies that would enable a future world where inequality is eradicated.

Rules of the Competition

By entering this competition you agree to accept and be bound by the following terms and conditions, and acknowledge that failure to comply with them may result in disqualification.

1. Eligibility

This competition is open to all citizens and legal residents of Aotearoa/New Zealand, with the exception of the judges or executive members of the Labour History Project Inc.

2. How to enter

Entries can be in English or in te reo Maori. They should be around 1250 to 1500 words in length.

Entries should be typed double-spaced on A4 paper, single-sided, on numbered pages. Please do not include photos, drawings or other graphic information. Each entry must be the writer’s original work, complete in itself (ie. not part of a larger work) and not previously published. Only one essay from each entrant will be considered.

On a separate cover sheet, please state:

 Essay title

 Total number of pages of your entry

 Your name (anonymous or collective entries will not be considered)

 Postal address

 Email address if any

 Contact phone number

 Age, if under 19 on 2 June 2015

Note – the information on this cover sheet does not count towards the word length of your entry.

Do not include your name or other identifying information on any page apart from the cover sheet, since entries will be judged anonymously.

3. How to submit your entry

Entries can be submitted:

– by email (preferably) to – anotherworld

Please send your entry as an attachment to the email, preferably as a Microsoft Word document.

– by post to – “Another World” essay competition

Labour History Project
PO Box 27425 Marion Square
Wellington NZ

Your entry must be received by 5pm Tuesday 2 June 2015. Late entries will not be considered.

Each entry will receive a return message verifying that the essay was received. Entries will not be returned – please keep a copy for your own records.


The entries, with writer’s name and other identifying information removed, will be judged by:

Sandra Grey – academic, Tertiary Education Union

Sue Bradford – activist academic

Gordon Campbell – journalist

Entries in te reo Maori will also be assessed by a competent speaker of Maori language.

The judges will base their decisions on:

– the originality and force of the writer’s vision for a better Aotearoa/New Zealand

– the vividness and readability of the language in which it is expressed

– the writer’s ability to appeal to and convince readers of their ideas.

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


The overall winner, runner-up and junior (under 19) winner will be announced in early July 2015.

Winning essay will receive $350

Runner-up will receive $300

Junior winner will receive $350

If a prize is declined or unclaimed, or if the winner cannot be contacted from the details supplied, a replacement winner may be selected at the judges’ discretion.

The three winning essays will be published in the Labour History Project Bulletin. The winning entries, and other entries in this competition, may also appear later in a stand-alone publication, by permission of the individual authors. The Labour History Project reserves the right to edit the winning entries for publication.

Labour History Project
PO Box 27425
Marion Square

Email anotherworld@lhp.org.nz


The Labour History Project Inc. researches, records, preserves and promotes the history of working life in Aotearoa/NZ.

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