Longlists revealed

The longlists for our 'What Year Is It?' competition can now be revealed. Congratulations to all of these wonderful young writers who made our selection process so difficult! We were overwhelmed with entries from across the country.

We look forward to sharing the winners in Write On 55: Time Travel, and the highly commended stories here on our blog.



Year 4-6 Longlist

2025 James C Oratia District School

Chilled to the Bone Esther P Mt Pleasant School

Escaping Spartacus Sophie G Arrowtown Primary School

Flight 19 Jenna McI Oaklands School

Freedom Zena C-M St Albans School

History Park Finlay H Hoon Hay School

Jurassic World Ashlee M Hurunui College

October 15th, 1793 Evie R St Albans School

Painted Neon Isabel M- P Beachlands Primary School

Practise! Practise! Practise! Rachel W Elim Christian College

Rebellion on the High C Oscar P Mt Pleasant School

Teleportation to 3070 Zyra P Our Lady of the Snows School

The Bird of Hope William K Brooklyn Primary School

The End of the World? Skye A Cheviot Area School


Year 7 and 8 Long List

2011 Grace McK Hurunui College

28/11/1979 Indigo T Whakatane Intermediate School

911 Attack Hannah M Hillmorton High School

A Soul of Legacy Ashlyn C Cobham Intermediate

Al's Plight Zach D Winton School

Captain Denton Dian S Cromwell College

Clar Monsterflare Zachary H Greytown School

Friday, 26 August 1960 Eve H Christchurch South Karamata Intermediate

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

Rat, Saw and Limb Josh A Cobham Intermediate

The Beginning Joe G Cobham Intermediate

The Dinosaur Photo Bushra T Te Atatū Intermediate

The Final Solution Sabrina L Kristin School

The Invisible Killer Lilah H Christchurch South Karamata Intermediate

What time is it? Oliver W Winton School


Year 9 and 10 Longlist

A Corona Rescue Bethany E Otago Girls' High School

A girl with a dream Jaiden-Rose W Rangitikei college

Bessie Tessa M Avonside Girls' High School

Blessed Jemima J Avonside Girls' High School

Compromised Bella W Otago Girls' High School

Disappearance Arrochar V Otago Girls' High School

Little mouse lost its way Bianca R Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School

Recovered Aysha Y Avonside Girls' High School

Redo Rory G Lincoln High School

Solitude Sahana B St Mary's College Wellington

The Dropping Of The Sun Olivia N St. Mary's College Wellington

The End Libby E Mahurangi College

The Year 1850 Poppy R Lincoln High School

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

Yesterday Amber G Roncalli College


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