Young au­thor ‘stoked’ at short story comp win

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Birk­dale In­ter­me­di­ate School’s Brae­den Fisher, 13, was one of 10 young au­thors cho­sen for in­clu­sion in a fundrais­ing book, out of 2240 en­tries from stu­dents across Auck­land and North­land.

Bar­foot & Thomp­son’s Young Au­thors Chal­lenge of­fers young writ­ers, aged 9 to 13, a chance to be pub­lished by sub­mit­ting a short story into the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘I was stoked and I was sur­prised that, out of 2000 en­tries, mine, of all peo­ple, was picked,’’ Brae­don said. ‘‘I never thought I could win any­thing this big.’’

His story, Wil­liam and his Notepad, is about a kid who is com­pul­sively an­noy­ing his teacher un­til the day he finds out about a com­pe­ti­tion. ‘‘The kid goes for it and it mo­ti­vates him to do bet­ter,’’ he said.

Brae­don’s teacher Chris Thorne said he en­cour­aged his stu­dents to en­ter be­cause it gives them an au­then­tic au­di­ence.

‘‘He [Brae­don] was se­ri­ous about it and he re­ally en­joys his writ­ing.’’

Tri­umphs, Twists and Tasty Treats, was launched Novem­ber 8 at a red-car­pet cel­e­bra­tion in Auck­land.

The book can be pur­chased for $20 at bar­­ry­book. All sales go to­wards the Magic of Read­ing pro­gramme, which pro­vides books for chil­dren who stay overnight in Star­ship hospi­tal, to read there and also take home.


Brae­den Fisher, 13, was one of 10 win­ners in this year’s Young Au­thors Chal­lenge.

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