The Mayor of Wellington 2020 Annual Story Competition

The Mayor of Wellington 2020 Annual Story Competition winners have been announced.

Wellington harbour.

The Mayor of Wellington 2020 Annual Story Competition Winners

The inaugural winners of the Mayor’s ‘150 years’ short story competition are:

Winners in the category 9 – 12 years 

  • First Meredith Williams – Lucie, Me and the Camellia Tree  
  • Runner up Lottie Peckham Davidson – Diary of Mittens the Cat – Wellingtons Most Famous Feline

Winners in the category 13 – 18 years 

  • First Helena Reddell – Too Many Crows 
  • Runner up Sophia Blyth – Wahine Disaster

"The quality of the writing was incredibly high, and I was impressed by how the young people brought Wellington's history (or imagined future) to life through their stories. Every single entry showed talent, and I would encourage all who submitted to keep writing," said judge Lauren Keenan.  

"From women's suffrage to the Wahine disaster to building the Beehive to adventures through Te Papa's exhibits, the stories were a fascinating insight into Wellington's past."

"It was difficult to select the finalists, so I focused on their use of language, plot, attention to detail, originality, and how well their stories were structured," Lauren. 

“Wellington is known as the Creative capital, so I’m excited we have created an annual event to encourage aspiring young writers,” said Mayor Andy Foster. 

“The stories submitted showcase both the creative talent of young Wellingtonians and how our city’s rich heritage can inspire tomorrow’s story tellers,” said Mayor Foster. 

Theme: 150 Years 

150 years back Wellington City Council held its first ever meeting. In the exciting, turbulent and triumphant years since, New Zealand’s capital city has continued to grow and thrive, and is now home to nearly 213,000 proud Wellingtonians.

Mayor Andy Foster invites young aspiring writers to use their creativity to celebrate the Council’s 150th Anniversary by entering the 150 Story Competition. The competition is a collaboration between the Office of the Mayor, Wellington City Libraries and Wellington City Archives.

The story writing competition is open for young writers in the Wellington region and has two categories. Category one is open to young people aged between 9–12 years, and Category two is for 13–18 year olds.

New Zealand author to judge the 150

Wellington author Lauren Keenan has been announced as judge of the 150 Story Competition. Lauren’s creative story is one of craft and determination and, she is a great role model for aspiring authors.

Lauren has just published her first full- length book, 'The 52 Week Project' and follows winning in 2017 the Pikihuia Best Short Story award, and last year being named as a finalist in the Pikihuia Best Emerging Writer category.

Lauren is the writer of creative non-fiction, novels, short stories and popular psychology and has a keen interest in history.

For more information or questions 

Please email with “150 Story Competition Enquiry” in the subject line.