- The competition is open to current Hawke's Bay secondary school students in Years 11, 12 and 13.
- Submissions can be produced either independently or as part of a class programme.
- Work must be unpublished although it is permissible for it to have been entered in another competition.
- There are two categories: prose and poetry.
- A student can submit up to two pieces - one piece of writing per category.
- No piece of writing can exceed 1,500 words.
- A single haiku is no longer acceptable in the poetry category, but a series of haikus developing an idea is.
- Formatting requirements include a header text of Verdana font, size 14, bold and body text of Verdana font, size 10.
- Submissions require a title, but not an intention or purpose.
- Each submission must be original and the student's own work.
- Submissions must be produced during the current year of study.
- Submissions must be digital and each entry must include the following: Name/ School/Year Level/English teacher.
- Entries are due early Term 4. See 'Enter Competition' for the current closing date.
- Students must submit entries via Google Drive shared with firstname.lastname@example.org (use the option that sends an email) or via email to arrive by midnight on the closing date.
- Prizes are agreed each year by the Hawke's Bay English Teachers' Association.
- By entering this competition, students agree to the publication of their story on this website should they win, under the Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives 4.0 International License.