Key Dates

Registrations open 1 May 2017

Competition opens 8am 1 June 2017

Competition ends 8pm 31 August 2017

Short list announced October 2017

Winners announced November 2017

Registrations open on 1 May 2017. The competition officially opens at 8am on 1 June 2017. It’s important that if you choose to write your book on 1 June 2017, that you register and pay your fee at least one week in advance.

The competition ends at 8pm 31 August 2017.


After an initial round of judging, a short list of finalists will be announced in late October. Finalists will be notified by email and listed here on www.writeabookinaday.com.


Final judging will take place in November. Winners will be notified by email and listed on www.writeabookinaday.com.

Due to the overwhelming number of entrants every year, only winners are able to receive feedback on their books.


You can choose the day you write your book; however, it must be written within a consecutive 12-hour period (one day) during the competition period of 1 June to 31 August.


Your book must be written within a consecutive 12-hour period (one day) during the competition period of 1 June to 31 August.

Writing, illustrating and binding is to commence no earlier than 8am and finish no later than 8pm on your chosen writing date.



Fees and Payment

The competition fee is $310.

Of this fee, $240 goes directly to childhood cancer research with the remaining $70 covering administration costs.

For a minimum registration fee of $70, a team may participate in the competition however, the books will not eligible for judging or awards.

Teams who wish their work to be eligible to be judged as part of the State and National Division awards must submit the competition fee in full by the due date.

There are 3 ways to pay the registration fee.

1) Credit card via www.writeabookinaday.com

2) Direct deposit to:
        Account Name: The Kids’ Cancer Project
        BSB: 032010 Westpac
        Account No: 291311
        Please include school or group name in full as reference.

3) Cheque and money orders to:

        The Kids’ Cancer Project
        Write a Book in a Day
        PO Box 6400
        Alexandria NSW 2015

Ideally you will pay the full registration fee of $310 at least one week before your chosen writing day. However, it’s possible to break up payment.

You can submit $70 for administration costs only at least one week before your chosen writing date to ensure you are emailed the parameters for the 2017 competition.

The remaining $240 must be received by The Kids’ Cancer Project by 31 August for the team to be eligible for judging.

If your team is undertaking additional fundraising for The Kids’ Cancer Project, those donations must be sent to The Kids’ Cancer Project by 30 September. There is no limit to the additional sponsorship a team can raise. Donations are gratefully acknowledged by The Kids’ Cancer Project along with the projects, institutions and researchers they fund.


How to enter

Teams may enter the competition in one of the following Divisions:

  • Primary School – Years 5-6
  • Middle Secondary School – Years 7-9
  • Upper Secondary School – Years 10-12
  • Open – 18 years and over
  • Corporate – 18 years and over, corporate sponsor


Teams from Primary School Years K to 4 are not eligible to enter due to the demands of the competition.

For school teams, the year group of the majority of team members determines their Division, eg a team with seven Year 9 students and two Year 10 students would enter the Middle Secondary School Division.

The Kids’ Cancer Project (TKCP) will have a non-exclusive right to publish copies of the book from each team for a period of two years. Should any of the books in the competition be published in any form or by any person (whether TKCP or otherwise), 50% of the royalties of that publication for a period of 2 years shall be paid to the TKCP fund and 50% to the copyright owner(s). In the absence of any other written agreement, all members of the team that wrote, illustrated, or otherwise contributed to the book will own copyright equally.


You only need to submit one printed hard-copy version of your book. This will be distributed to children undergoing treatment in hospitals in Australia.

The word count for your story must be within the limit for your Division. Books outside the limits will not be eligible for judging.

  • Primary School Division – 2000 to 2500 words
  • Middle Secondary School Division – 4000 to 5000 words
  • Upper Secondary School Division – 4000 to 5000 words
  • Open and Corporate Categories – 8000 to 10000 words

Each book must be written, illustrated and bound by a team of writers.

  •  The minimum number of team members is five (5).
  • The maximum number of team members is ten (10).

It wouldn't be a competition without any winners. Each division in each State has awards for Best Books (Winner, Highly Commended and Commended) and Best Illustrations. The State winners are then judged to determine the national winners for Best Book and Best Illustrations.

In addition, teams achieving top sponsorship are also recognised for their wonderful contribution to a very worthy cause.

The WABIAD Committee may decide to give other awards or to withhold any of the above awards at its discretion. The awards are announced in November and the winners and their books are listed on www.writeabookinaday.com.

All books must be written within a consecutive 12-hour period (one day) during the competition period of 1 June to 31 August.

Should your contact change, simply login to www.writeabookinaday.com and change the details. This will ensure you receive important information and your parameters.

You team will receive a unique set of parameters at 8am on your selected writing day. Your story must be based on and primarily written around these five parameters. These parameters will be: two human characters, one non-human character, a setting and an issue. The story may include secondary characters and settings but the parameters are the key components.

Your team will also be assigned five random words to be included anywhere in the story. They must be included as written and without adaptation, eg “free” must be written as “free”, not “freely”, “freedom”, etc. The random words are the same for every team in the competition. Please write the random words in bold type to highlight their inclusion in the story.

Your team will receive a unique set of parameters for 2017 at 8am on your selected writing day.

Your story must be based on and primarily written around these five parameters. These parameters will be: two human characters, one non-human character, a setting and an issue.

The story may include secondary characters and settings but the parameters are the key components.

Your team will also be assigned five random words to be included anywhere in the story. They must be included as written and without adaptation, eg “free” must be written as “free”, not “freely”, “freedom”, etc. The random words are the same for every team in the competition. Please write the random words in bold type to highlight their inclusion in the story.

A bound hard-copy version of your book must be sent within 24 hours of completion to:

Write a Book in a Day
The Kids’ Cancer Project
PO Box 6400
Alexandria NSW 2015

It will be distributed to children undergoing treatment in hospitals in Australia.

Upload your book as a PDF via the Submit Book tab at www.writeabookinaday.com. If you have difficulty uploading the book, please email the WABIAD Coordinator at info@writeabookinaday.com.

Yes. It is The Kids’ Cancer Project.

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in Australian children. Three children die from cancer each week. The Kids’ Cancer Project support some of the best childhood cancer researchers in Australia - they are independent and not aligned to one institution. The Kids’ Cancer Project support research that is collaborative and has the greatest chance of clinical success. Thanks to generous community support we've invested $24 million into childhood cancer research since 2007. The Write a Book in a Day competition has contributed $430,000 of this total since it began supporting TKCP in 2009.

$240 of your fee, along with any additional monies raised in relation to Write a Book in a Day, go directly to fund research into childhood cancers.

Please email info@writeabookinaday.com or contact Pip on 02 8394 7711