Congratulations to Clerestory Press, of Christchurch, who have been awarded a $4,125 CLNZ Partnership Fund grant for their Annual Re-Draft Teenage Writing Competition.
The national Re-Draft writing competition is the longest-running publication avenue for Aotearoa’s teen writers. By supporting teens’ participation in creative writing, Re-Draft provides a pipeline towards becoming skilled writers engaging in literature as adults, or as creative communicators in any field.
The Re-Draft writing competition has been running for 23 years and is about the creation and publication of new, creative works. The goal is to grow the skills of teenage writers. Applications come from as far north as Kaitaia right down to Bluff at the bottom of the south, and entries show rich cultural diversity. In 2022 91 winning writers were published.
Francine Bills of Clerestory Press says “We are very grateful to CLNZ for this grant funding. To us a grant means not only financial support, but also recognition of the value of our Re-Draft project.
The Partnership Fund grant will be used to promote the competition throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. The aim is to spread the word to all teenagers, to encourage them to let their imaginations take flight and to enter their best writing in the competition.
Teenagers want to get published, and the Re-Draft competition offers publication in a beautiful, collectible book as the prize. Funding will also be put towards the design and production of the winning books.”
This is our final Partnership Fund Grant. The Partnership Fund was aimed at partnering with sector groups and individuals that are connecting to, or working with, diverse voices and communities on projects which align with our CLNZ Cultural Fund objectives.