Young Authors Challenge



The 2022 Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge is now open.
Entries close 15 July.

Tell us about a great day out with family or friends. Maybe it’s a summer trip to the beach or Rainbow’s End, a walk in the bush or up a maunga, a big celebration at your grandparents’ house or movies at the mall.
Whether you like to go out fishing, biking, exploring a river or visiting the T-Rex at Auckland Museum, we want to hear about it.

Please send any questions or queries to youngauthorschallenge@barfoot.co.nz

For more information and T&Cs go to barfoot.co.nz/yac






View the 2021 Young Authors Challenge winning stories

In 2021, as part of our Schools Programme Hōtaka Kura, we launched the inaugural Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge. Thank you to all the students for their creativity, effort and mahi, and also to teachers, parents and schools for providing support.

PRIMARY AGE CATEGORY

WINNER
Rosa Swann (Gladstone Primary): Amber Clyde

FINALISTS
Alicia Wood (Oratia District School): Fran
Duaa Amar (Freyberg Community School): Ustada Sufia
Katelyn Metoyer (Riverina School): My Nanny

AWARD OF RECOGNITION
Nicole Bao (Tirimoana Primary School): My Violin Teacher

INTERMEDIATE AGE CATEGORY

WINNER
Lucy Martin (Northcote Intermediate): The Rock Under the Pohutukawa Tree

FINALISTS
Emma Holland (Northcote Intermediate): My Rock
Joanne Chen (Howick Intermediate School): My Grandma
Rylee Barrett (Howick Intermediate School): Freed

AWARD OF RECOGNITION
Ethan Wood (Remuera Intermediate): The Inspiring One


HIGH SCHOOL AGE CATEGORY

WINNER
Divya Karippail (Green Bay High School): Parul Juneja

FINALISTS
Jemma Schnell (Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School): A Dream To Fly
Lukas Maher (Saint Kentigern College): The Boy who needed a Hero
Maia Rout (Rosehill College): The Mika Family
Sophie Zaadstra (Howick College): A Once in a Lifetime Type of Person


Category winners each receive a $500 cash prize and books valued at $250.
Their school will also receive a $1,000 cash prize and books valued at $1,000.

Email youngauthorschallenge@barfoot.co.nz to register your interest for 2022.