Challenge goes out to young writers
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.