Juliet rules in author’s challenge

Juliet Curwood from Somerville Intermediate with Barfoot & Thompson managing director Peter Thompson and Meadowlands branch manager Linda Fitzpatrick. Photo supplied

Somerville Intermediate’s Juliet Curwood has been named the supreme winner of Barfoot & Thompson’s Young Authors Challenge.

Another local student Serisha Palmer of Elim Christian College was also named as one of the 10 winners.

The challenge is celebrating its 10th year with 10 imaginative stories by some of Auckland and Northland’s best young wordsmiths.

The 10 winning stories, written by primary and intermediate school-aged children, shone out from a record breaking 2240 submissions, organisers said.

“Each story was carefully selected based on its plot development, positive messaging and use of theme.”

This year’s writers were challenged to write a story that had a positive and inspiring message for its readers.

The young storywriters are now set to realise a dream many adults have, but few attain, and become published authors.  Their stories will be brought to life in a book published in aid of the Starship Foundation.

Supreme winner, Holy Cookie Jar by Juliet Curwood, from Somerville Intermediate was chosen as the cover story, and will be accompanied by nine other exciting tales:

Roaring Lion, Michelle Kenyon, Oratia District School

Speak Up – Soccer Star, Charlotte Muir, Patumahoe School

William and His Notepad, Braeden Fisher, Birkdale Intermediate

Careful What You Wish For!, Emily Gibb, Kohimarama School

A Kindness Returned, Serisha Palmer, Elim Christian College

A New Beginning, Aimee McConnell, Royal Oak Primary School

All in a Day’s Work for a Shark, Theo Robb-Markham, Te Atatu Intermediate

Flight Lesson, Hayley Fergusson, Rosehill Intermediate School

Adventure Kids, Charlotte Jones, Homeschooled