IT minister Maurice Williamson's advisory group, ITAG, is running an Internet fiction competition through The New Zealand Listener’s Web site.
Entries to the competition will be in the form of a published Web site and must make use of the Web’s “special characteristic” — hypertext linking — as well as other media such as sound, graphics and video.
This is the second competition run by ITAG, says spokesman Laurence Zwimpfer.
“Two years ago we ran an essay competition [to encourage people to think about the uses of IT] and this time we wanted to do something a bit different.
“There are a lot of people getting online and we want to get them to think about the next step — how we can use the new tools to expand traditional areas like story writing.”
The “schools” section is particularly relevant, he says, “because they are wrestling with how to integrate the technology, how to take it out of ‘computer studies’ and into other subjects”.
Stories may be written in English, Maori, French, German or any other language taught in a New Zealand secondary school.
To date 90 people have registered on the competition’s list server.
Entries from “teams” and companies are welcome, he says, “because we recognise that some people will have the writing skills, some the technical ones”.
Entries must be online and their URL submitted by September 30.