25TH ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL ESSAY COMPETITION

Background

1. The Vietnam Veterans (Neville Wallace Memorial) Children's & Grandchildren's Trust (formerly the EVSA Youth Development Trust) was established on 4 December 1993. The Board of Advisory Trustees (the Board) has decided to mark the first quarter century of the Trusts existence by the holding of a national essay competition for the children and grandchildren of New Zealand Vietnam veterans based on the subject "How the Vietnam war and my fathers/grandfathers involvement in it has affected me and my family".

The Competition

2. The competition will be run in two divisions, one for the children of Vietnam veterans and the other for grandchildren. The word 'children' may be taken to include step-children. Step-grandchildren are not included.

3. Essays are to comprise between 1,500 and 3,000 words. They are to be submitted either in Word or PDF format via e-mail sent to the Chair of the Board of Advisory Trustees The essays may be written in either English or Te Reo Maori but, if in Te Reo, they must be accompanied by an English translation.

4. In the covering e-mail the submitter is to state his/her full name and their contact address and telephone number along with details of their relationship to the Vietnam veteran (name and unit served).

5. The winner of each division will receive $1,000. The prizes have been sponsored by Revera Cloud Services New Zealand. We thank them for their generous support.

6. All entries become the intellectual property of the Board and may be published at the discretion of the Board (with the name of the submitter restricted to first name only). It is intended to offer the entries of the five finalists in each division to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage for inclusion in their Vietnam War archives.

7. The Board reserves the right to terminate the competition if, in its view, the number of entries received do not justify the competition proceeding in which case the intellectual property rights for those entries received will revert back to the submitter.

Timeline

8. The competition will open on 4 December 2018 and close on 28 February 2019 with the winners to be announced prior to ANZAC Day 2019. It is hoped the presentation of prizes can be made on ANZAC at the RSA closest to the recipient's home location.

Judging

9, The judging process will be conducted in two tranches. The Board will consult to reduce the number of entries to a maximum of five in each division go to the judging panel for their deliberations. The judging panel will comprise the Hon Judith Collins MP, Vice-Patron of the Trust and Sir Wira Gardiner, Victor 4 Company.

10. Their decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

CONTACT: The Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Children's & Grandchildren's Trust, 1-111 Te Haumi Drive, Paihia 0200, Bay of Islands.

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