Young author ‘stoked’ at short story comp win
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 barfoot.co.nz/storybook. 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.