A Choice I Made

Life can offer us moments when choices need to be made. Sometimes these are huge decisions and sometimes smaller, daily choices. Good or bad, these choices can take us in a different direction or lead us on an unexpected path to something entirely new. 

For this year’s Young Author’s Challenge theme ‘A Choice I Made’, we’d love to read about your choices. Where did they take you?


Primary: up to 250 words
Intermediate: up to 500 words
Secondary: up to 750 words

Key Dates

Entries open: Tuesday 14 May 2024
Entries close: Friday 2 August 2024

Winners will be announced the week of 26 August 2024 with a special presentation to be held in Term Four 2024. The winners and their schools will be contacted directly. 


Submit your entry through the provided Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge 2024 form with your name, age, school and the title of your story.

If you have any questions or inquiries, please email youngauthorschallenge@barfoot.co.nz.

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