Young Authors Challenge

Calling all creative young writers! Submit your short story today to win some incredible prizes.

The Young Authors Challenge is a short story competition and we want to hear from you. Put words to paper and tell us all about a great day out and you can win some incredible prizes!

Tell us about a great day out with family or friends. Maybe it’s a summer trip to the beach or Rainbow’s End, a walk in the bush or up a maunga, a big celebration at your grandparents’ house or movies at the mall. Whether you like to go out fishing, biking, exploring a river or visiting the T-Rex at Auckland Museum, we want to hear about it.

School competition categories
Primary: up to 250 words
Intermediate: up to 500 words
Secondary: up to 750 words

Entries open: 30 May 2022
Entries Close: 29 July 2022

Judging Criteria
Entries will be judged for stories that are fresh, detailed, imaginative and thoughtful. For this contest, we are asking: How is the writer bringing characters and places to life? Are we getting a vivid glimpse of a particular family, street, celebration, activity, event? The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Winners will be announced prior to the 2022 Auckland Writers Festival taking place 23-28 August with a special presentation to be held during the festival.

Learn more about our competition terms and conditions here.