2015 Young Authors Challenge winners announced

We're proud to announce our eight winning authors for 2015, telling stories about how turtles came to have shells, topsy turvy dreams and other terrific tales.

Eight gifted young writers are about to see their imaginative tales come to life in a published storybook, after winning the eighth annual Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge.

The competition received almost 1,100 entries from primary and intermediate-aged authors from across Auckland and Northland.

Winners were selected based on their use of the theme 'there’s no place like home', the development of their characters and settings, and the positive messages that the stories told.

This year's supreme winner:

Josephine Sim – Cockle Bay School

Other winners:

  • Nicole Daria - Royal Oak Primary School
  • Lucy Li - St Dominic’s College (2014 supreme winner)
  • Jenna Hainsworth - Beachlands School
  • Ben Davies - Patumahoe School
  • Caleb Palmer - Elim Christian College
  • Antoine Ashman - Glenbrook School
  • Emilia Finer - Kerikeri High School

To find out about our 2015 storybook and order your copy, visit our storybook for Starship page.

Our 2015 Storybook winner, Josephine Sim
Our 2015 supreme winner, Josephine
Sim, from Cockle Bay School

All proceeds go to Starship

The winning authors will be mentored in a workshop with renowned children's author, Maria Gill, and see their stories illustrated by a handful of New Zealand's favourite artists and illustrators, including rugby legend Keven Mealamu.

All proceeds from the book's sales will go to the Starship Foundation.

Over the past seven years, the Young Authors Challenge has helped Barfoot & Thompson raise a combined $165,000 for Starship Foundation. Find out more about our Starship fundraising campaign for 2015.