Winners: What Year is It? Competition

Congratulations to everyone who entered our story competition. You made the job very hard for our judges with such well written and clever stories.


Winners will be published in Write On Issue 55: Time Travel launched in December.


We will publish some of the stories from the Highly Commended writers on our blog over the next month.


A special thanks to all of the teachers and parents who supported their young writers in this challenge.


Winners Year 4-6

October 15th, 1793 Evie R, St Albans School

Escaping Spartacus Sophie G, Arrowtown Primary School


Highly Commended Year 4-6

Chilled to the Bone Esther P, Mt Pleasant School

Jurassic World Ashlee M, Hurunui College

Rebellion on the High C Oscar P, Mt Pleasant School


Winners Year 7&8

9/11 Attack Hannah M, Hillmorton High School

The beginning Joe G, Cobham Intermediate


Year 7&8 Highly Commended

The Dinosaur Photo Bushra T, Te Atatū Intermediate

It’s a long story... Esther W, Greytown School

28/11/1979 Indigo T, Whakatane Intermediate School

Rat, Saw and Limb Josh A, Cobham Intermediate


Winners Year 9&10

Bessie Tessa M, Avonside Girls’ High School

The Dropping Of The Sun Olivia N, St Mary’s College, Wellington


Year 9&10 Highly Commended

Vive La Revolution: Paris, June 5th 1832 Arjuna S Hillmorton High School

Disappearance Arrochar V, Otago Girls' High School

Recovered Aysha Y, Avonside Girls' High School

Blessed Jemima J, Avonside Girls' High School

New competition details coming soon!

Write On - Competition Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions


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


  • All submissions must be via our online form. ( see ENTER NOW button above)


  • 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 May 30, 2020.

  • If you are selected as a winner we may make small edits prior to publication. We will send these to you for final approval. 

Closing date: May 14, 2020


Winning entries will be published in Write On, Issue 56: Time Travel, December 2020. Winners will be contacted late May 2020.


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