Chal­lenge goes out to young writ­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

It’s time for pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents to write up a storm.

En­tries for the Bar­foot & Thompson Young Au­thors Chal­lenge are now open.

The eight win­ning writ­ers or groups will see their work com­piled in a sto­ry­book and il­lus­trated by All Black Keven Mealamu, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Star­ship Foun­da­tion.

They’ll also at­tend a pub­lish­ing work­shop held by renowned chil­dren’s au­thor John Parker, who has writ­ten nearly 130 books in­clud­ing Dragon­spell and TT’s Ter­ri­ble Tues­day.

The young au­thors chal­lenge has raised more than $100,000 for Star­ship since be­gin­ning in 2008.

‘‘Over the last five books pub­lished, we’ve had cater­pil­lars that eat teach­ers, seagulls that write in a di­ary and ev­ery­thing in be­tween,’’ Bar­foot & Thompson man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Peter Thompson says.

He says the judges are look­ing for a devel­oped, orig­i­nal idea, in­ter­est­ing characters and a story with an in­spi­ra­tional and pos­i­tive mes­sage.

In­di­vid­u­als, groups and classes can en­ter a story of up to 750 words be­fore May 31.

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