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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, October 1906

[Letter to the Editor of Spike, September, 1906]

page 38
University of New Zealand, Wellington, September, 1906.

The Editor of "The Spike."

Dear Sir,—

I should like to offer a prize to the students of the University of New Zealand for the best essay on the University System of New Zealand, its merits and defects. The value of the prize would be five guineas (in books), and the competition would be open to all persons who:—
(a)On May 20th, 1906, were matriculated students of the University;
(b)Were not matriculated before 1902;
(c)Had not on April 30th, 1906, passed the examination for any Master's degree;
(d)Had not, since February 1st, 1902, allowed more than one year to elapse without performing some academic act, i.e., keeping a year's terms or passing a University degree examination.

These conditions are meant to secure that competitors shall be genuine students of the University, not senior to candidate-Master standing, and not having suspended their course for more than one year.

Each Essay must be accompanied by a sealed envelope containing on the outside the fictitious signature appended to the Essay, and within the candidate's own name, address, and College, and a declaration that the Essay is the competitor's own unaided work. Two other persons shall be invited to judge the Essays in conjunction with myself. When an Essay is selected as the best, the corresponding envelope will be opened, and, if it is found that the writer is qualified under the above conditions, the prize will be awarded accordingly, and the other envelopes will be destroyed unopened. If the first is disqualified, the next best Essay will be selected, and the corresponding envelope will be opened; and so on. The Judges, in forming an estimate of the Essays, will avoid, as far as possible, being influenced by their own predilections and opinions.

Essays must be in my hands by March 31st, 1907, and the name of the winner will be announced at the following degree-meetings. Essays should be typewritten, with inch margin.

I may add that this offer is altogether personal, and has no official significance whatever.

J. W. Joynt.