The Re-Draft Challenge:

What is Re-Draft?

An annual creative writing competition for teenagers.

Who can enter?

Any teenager, not just members of the School for Young Writers.

What does it cost?

There is no entry fee.

What kind of writing is required?

We accept any creative writing genre, and you can send up to three entries. This gives you an opportunity to show your versatility.

Are there word limits?

No, but you must take into account that winning entries must be suitable for inclusion in a collection of writing. Have a look at the Re-Draft books for guidance.

Where can I find the Re-Draft books?

They are in a majority of public, secondary school and university libraries, and you may also find them in school English Departments. They are available through booksellers and direct from the School for Young Writers.

Who are the judges?

Award-winning writers Tessa Duder of Auckland and James Norcliffe of Christchurch. The long-term involvement of these two prominent figures in New Zealand literature provides consistency and fairness in the judging standards.

What are the prizes?

Publication is the prize. This is the prize most cherished by all writers. The Re-Draft books typically contain the work of 40 to 50 authors and all who win a place are equally winners. You will also receive a free copy of the book that you are published in.

When is the deadline?

Always 1st September in any year.

How do I enter?

The current year’s entry form and competition guidelines (check list) may be photocopied from near the back of the most recent edition. This is the only entry form accepted and one copy must be sent with your entries.

What if I can’t find the entry form?

Ask your teacher or librarian (school, university or public library) for help. The Re-Draft books are well known, and are available from the beginning of the year. So you have plenty of time to get organised! But if you still can’t find a copy of the most recent edition, please contact us.

What else is in the Re-Draft books?

Knowledge and encouragement. Only the Re-Draft competition provides so many examples of good writing that you can work out for yourself what is mean by the word “publishable”. You’ll also realise how flexible the standards are.