Young Authors Challenge
The 2022 Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge is now open.
This Year's Topic: A Great Day Out!
Tell us about a great day out with family or friends. Maybe it’s a summer trip to the beach, a winter trip to the snow, a walk in the bush or up a maunga, a big celebration at a grandparents’ house or movies at the mall. Whether it's fishing, biking, exploring a river or visiting the T-Rex at Auckland Museum, we want to hear about it.
Win some incredible prizes!
Category winners will 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
School competition categories
Primary: up to 250 words
Intermediate: up to 500 words
Secondary: up to 750 words
Entries Close: 29 July 2022
To submit a story, or for more information and T&Cs go to barfoot.co.nz/yac
Please send any questions or queries to youngauthorschallenge@
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
Rosa Swann (Gladstone Primary): Amber Clyde
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
Lucy Martin (Northcote Intermediate): The Rock Under the Pohutukawa Tree
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
Divya Karippail (Green Bay High School): Parul Juneja
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