My Place Poem


Congratulations to the following winners. Their poems are now available in Write On 53: My Place Our Planet.

Year 4-6

First Place: Abby Hurt, Matakana School 'My Garden'

Second Place: Evangeline Pitts, Omanu School 'Blankets'

Highly Commended: Conor Hart, Marist School Mt Albert; Abby Hurt, Matakana School; Isabella Ge, Oaklands School

Year 7-8

First Place: Lukas Obele, Homeschool 'The Old Pond'

Second Place: Chloe Morrison-Clark, Casebrook Intermediate ' The Haiku Trail'

Highly Commended: Isla Blomfield, Amuri Area School; Rosie Mones-Cazon, Amuri Area School; Nurani Kanzas, Berkley Normal Middle School

Year 9-10

First Place: Claire Sparrow, Collingwood Area School ' In Ashen Places'

Second Place: Jamie Dalmer, Amuri Area School ' The Railway Hopper'

Highly Commended: Sarah-Kate Simons, Homeschool; Jessie Avison, Queen's High School, Dunedin




for Issue 54: Voices



Write a monologue from the point of view of an interesting character.

They could be human, an animal, or perhaps even a monument or landmark. What can you show the reader about this character by the way they speak? Try to put yourself in their shoes and see the world through their eyes. What do they care about?

Word limit for all ages: 250 words



Friday 15th may 2020

YEARS 4-6 Two winners will receive a

$20 Scorpio Books voucher

YEARS 7-8 Two winners will receive a

$30 Scorpio Books voucher

YEARS 9-10 Two winners will receive a

$50 Scorpio Books voucher

Submission and payment details below.

Many thanks to Scorpio Books for their generosity in assisting with the prizes for this competition.

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Write On - Competition Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions


Please read the, competition guidelines, terms and conditions below.


  • All submissions must be via this online form. 


  • Please take a moment to check your writing- is it your very best work?

  • Have you kept at or under the word limit ( not counting title)?

  • Ask a teacher or parent to read it over and give you some feedback.

  • Please format your work in size 12, Times New Roman, black.

  • No pictures or illustrations please - let your wonderful writing create the pictures.

  • Please make sure the title of your entry is at the top of your page.

  • All entries will be judged blind, so please do not include your name or school on your entry.

  • Work can be entered as .doc or .pdf files only.

  • Please make sure you pay your entry fee - $5.00 per individual entry, or $25.00 for each six entries from a school.

  • No simultaneous submissions - please don’t send your story to another publication or competition until after June 01, 2020.

How to Pay

Please use your own online bank system to make a direct credit payment to our Bank Account : The School for Young Writers  03 1704 0036137 000

Code: Your surname (individuals) or your school’s name ( groups)


Closing date: May 15 2020


Winning entries will be published in Write On, Issue 54: Voices, July 2020. Winners will be contacted early June 2020.


No correspondence will be entered in to. The judges’ decision is final.