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National Child Writes Competition

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Terms & Conditions of Entry

The Entry Fee $10

The prize: The winning writer and the winning illustrator will be mentored to publication of a collaborative children’s picture book, worth over $1000 each

(or total prize pool $2500)


We want your voice to be heard, so this is a fantastic opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas and abilities in word or artistic form.

​The National Child Writes Competition is ONLY open
to 10 year old writers and illustrators.
    • The panel of independent judges will be looking for originality, creativity and character, as well as correct punctuation and grammar for writers and consistency of artistic skills for illustrators.

    • The competition is open in ROUNDS, one round per term, until we receive a 500 entries or the end of the school year.

    • The winning writer and a winning illustrator will be announced via and will be contacted directly by either telephone or email.

    • Entry fees will be given directly to The Child Writes Fund and all costs associated with the winners prize, including mentoring and the production of the book, is gifted by Boogie Books. 

    • Child writers will need to submit a story suitable for a children’s picture book, no longer than 800 words. The story must conform to a ‘G’ rating.

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

    • Entry is limited to Australian 10 year olds, born in 2010 only.  

    • The competition is OPEN at the conclusion of the previous competition, and remains so until 500 entries have been received. 

    • Judging will take place within two (2) weeks of the competition closing.

    • All entrants will receive an automatically generated reply email indicating receipt of entry. 

    • Child Writes takes no responsibility for lost or misdirected entries.

    • The work must solely and wholly be that of the entrant.

    • A child entrant may enter both the writing and illustration categories. The entry fee must be paid for each category.
      If payment isn't received, entries are ineligible.

    • There is no limit to the number of entries per child. The entry fee must be paid for each entry.

    • All story entries must be submitted as an attachment, in Microsoft Word format Calibri font 12pt. Please, there is no need for borders or embellishments! 

    • All illustration entries will need to be scanned, low resolution, and submitted by email as PDF documents. In the case of a short list, original illustrations may be requested to be sent by post. Please don't pay for 'professional scanning' - there is no such thing! An A4 colour scan only costs 0.40cents at Officeworks! 

    • The winners will be notified by phone and / or email on or before two weeks of the competition closing. 

    • The winner of the writing category and the winner of the illustration category will be teamed together to be mentored through the entire Child Writes process of creating a children’s picture book. They will receive a publishing agreement at the completion of their (a) story or (b) illustrations. Publication is the 100% desired outcome but it can't be guaranteed and is only possible if the story and illustrations are both completed. 

    • The prize winners need to complete their contribution to a possible book within 12 months of winning the prize.

    • Should the prize winner cease communication with their mentor, the prize is not replaced with any other goods or services.

    • As an entrant to the competition, you have opted-in to Child Writes marketing database. Be assured the contact information included on the entry form is not to be available to any other organisation and is used to communicate the results of the competition.

    • If you selected the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) option, please submit a copy of your payment receipt by email

    • The promoter is Boogie Books ABN 77 322 342 176.

    • Child Writes reserves the right to not accept any entry.

    • Child Writes reserves the right to use winning entries for promotional activities in all relevant print and online media at the full discretion of Child Writes. 

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