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We have a plan!  We want the book you are reading next year
during Book Week 2014
to be written and illustrated by a primary school aged children!

Queensland-based children’s writing organisation Child Writes has launched its inaugural Child Writes competition this month.


Known for their advocacy for literacy and their ability to empower children; the organisation has now paved the way for all children in Australia to take part in a story-writing and illustrating project.


The competition welcomes entries from all primary-school aged children in Australia through either the submission of a story or submission of several illustrations.


The winner of each category (writing or illustrating) will be paired together to produce a book – published in hard copy by Boogie Books and distributed by Child Writes – with all royalties being paid to the author and illustrator from any book sales.


Founder and Creative Director of Child Writes, Emma Mactaggart, said “I am so thrilled to offer this competition to every primary-school aged child in Australia.”


“Through our Child Writes program delivered in schools we have seen wonderful transformations in children when they embark on a picture book project – through conceptualising, writing, editing, proofreading, planning and illustrating, and publishing their work into a sellable book.”


“We are excited to launch this competition and give more children the unique and exciting opportunity to see their name in print,” Emma said.


Child writers will need to submit a story suitable for a children’s picture book, no longer than 800 words.


Child illustrators will need to submit a variety of at least three full colour A4 sample illustrations, showcasing at least three different characters and settings.


The judges will be looking for originality, creativity and character, as well as adherence to punctuation and grammatical guidelines for authors and artistic skills for illustrators.


When Child Writes graduate Annabel (age 11) was asked about her experience writing and illustrating ‘The Tea Party Terror’ she said she was amazed she had published her own work.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the book, my very own book – finished, printed, bound – when it came back from the printers. 

I didn’t really believe I had written and illustrated a real book until then.”

For more information about the competition visit

Entries will close on 30 November 2013. 



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