2019 Competition Results

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition!

The judging panel this year consisted of noted children’s author Eirlys Hunter, Susan Wallace from National Library Services to Schools, and FOTL members Elle Green and Rachel Underwood.

Kate Fortune, President of FOTL, said that all the judges were very impressed with the high calibre of entries submitted.

Eirlys Hunter commented that “The winners and the runners-up showed memorable and thought-provoking use of language, handling their subject-matter with remarkable skill and sound judgement.”

“I was very impressed with the wide range of creative entries. They offered the reader excellent imagery, with captivating and dramatic narratives,” says Susan Wallace, from Services to Schools.

“Both the winning entries in each age category were outstanding, showing emotional maturity and using interesting language.”

The judges congratulate all the winners and those highly commended, saying it is fantastic to see creative writing flourishing in our secondary schools.

WINNER (Years 9-10): Angel, By Stella Weston, Rotorua Lakes High School

SECOND PLACE (Years 9-10): Abandoned, By Kayden Leftly, Christchurch Boys High School

See all prize-winning entries YRS 9-10 all

WINNER (Years 11-13): Children Who Have Never Known War, By Victoria Sun, Epsom Girls Grammar

SECOND PLACE (Years 11-13): In Our Foreign Land, By Anya Christiansen, Takapuna Grammar School

See all Prize-winning entries Years 11-13