2014 Young Authors Challenge- winners and illustrators announced

Barfoot & Thompson are proud to announce the six winning authors of the 2014 Young Authors Challenge and the five illustrators who will be bringing the winning stories to life.

Six students have been selected to be published authors as part of the seventh annual Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge.

This year’s supreme winner

  • Lucy Li – Tirimoana School

All other winners

  • Georgia Manning – Point View Primary 
  • Hannah Black – Mount Hobson Middle School 
  • Hannah Jones - Hauraki School 
  • Phoebe Godfrey – Dargaville Intermediate 
  • Tamsyn Hooper – Dargaville Intermediate

Each of these winners crafted stories around the theme of 'Heroes'

Our judges said:

They had clear, well defined plots, original characters and these six really stood out.

Photo of supreme winner, Lucy Li from with Mildie Meyer Els and Wendy Alexander from Barfoot & Thompson and proud mum, Mrs Li.
Supreme winner, Lucy Li from Tirimoana School. Pictured here with (left to right): Mildie Meyer Els and Wendy Alexander from Barfoot & Thompson and proud mum, Mrs Li.

Keven Mealamu, Kiri Nathan, Tracey van Lent, Hannah Jensen and Dean Proudfoot have been selected to illustrate the 2014 Young Authors Challenge book. Each of these illustrators is well-renowned in their chosen fields. Each will illustrate one story, and collaborate to illustrate the sixth story featured in the book. The book will go on sale at the end of October. All proceeds from the book sales go directly to Starship Foundation.

Using a combination of illustrators is a new initiative for the 2014 competition and one that adds variety and colour to an already popular book.

About the illustrators

Keven Mealamu

Our national rugby hero and a name everyone knows. Keven plays for the Blues and the All Blacks and has illustrated our previous six books. Follow Keven on Twitter.

Kiri Nathan

A talented New Zealand fashion designer, Kiri Nathan has showcased at London Fashion week and designed customised outfits for the captain of the Northern Mystics netball team – Maria Tutaia. 

Tracey Van Lent 

The Queen of Pinterest. As well as being a well-established artist, she has over 15,000 followers of her Pinterest boards, with an amazing eye for creative and outstanding designs.

Hannah Jensen

A talented international artist about to show in the USA, Hannah Jensen currently teaches art at Northern Health School, so works very closely with Starship Foundation and all the children there.

Dean Proudfoot

Dean Proudfoot is an award winning commercial illustrator. Living in Wellington, Dean bases his bold and fun artwork on our country’s cultural past. Deans appears in a number of prestigious private and corporate collections.

About this year’s competition

This year Barfoot & Thompson received over 1000 entries for the Young Authors Challenge competition, the largest number of entries received since the competition started in 2007. Now in its seventh year, the competition gives Auckland and Northland students the chance to become authors in a compilation book, illustrated by famous New Zealanders’ and edited by children’s author, John Parker.

A set theme of ‘Heroes’ was created for this year’s competition, which was well received by entrants. Our overall winner Lucy saying it Helped concentrate my thoughts and my writing, it was a really interesting topic!

The book will be on sale from October, with all proceeds going to the Starship Foundation Magic of Reading programme, which provides all overnighting patients in Starship Children’s Hospital and Whangarei Hospital’s Children’s Ward with their own book to read and keep. So far this competition has raised $150,000.