This annual event for New Zealand’s teenage writers is organised by Dr Glyn Strange , director of the School for Young Writers, and judged by Tessa Duder and James Norcliffe. You can submit poetry, stories, scripts or songs which are then judged. Each entrant can submit up to three pieces of work. Successful writers will then be published in Re-Draft.
Here’s an excerpt from a poem written by Emily Adlam in last year’s edition of Re-Draft, The world’s steepest street:
It was not the same
Where are they, all my lost places?
I went back, but found only emptiness.
The smell was of cinnamon traces
instead of burnt varnish; the air
touched differently, as if it had learnt tenderness
for someone else.
The past was not on display in glass cases.
Maps and addresses are no use to me
and there is no convenient office
where I may reclaim my property.
Moving, moody, funny clever – there certainly is an abundance of talent out there. Get your hands on a copy of ‘The world’s Steepest Street’, read it and re-read it, then write you own literary masterpiece!
Entry forms can only be found in the back of the book (which you can photocopy at your local library) or buy a copy through the School for Young Writers . Entries close 30 September 2011.