Child Writes Competition - More Information

We will pair the winning writer with the winning illustrator, to produce a book, which may be published and distributed directly by Boogie Books as a hard copy publication, and as an eBook with Amazon. Royalties will be paid to the author and illustrator, for ebook sales that are generated.  

The Child Writes competition is open to all Australian primary-school aged child writers and illustrators.

This year's amazing guest 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.

Child writers will need to submit a story suitable for a children’s picture book, no longer than 800 words. Submissions in WORD DOCUMENT, 12pt Calibri font, NO borders or embellishments necessary.

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

THE COMPETITION  WILL CLOSE AS SOON AS THE 500th ENTRY IS RECEIVED. Regular updates about the number of entries will be made via www.facebook.com/ChildWrites. The will be the same platform for announcing a SHORT LIST and the winners will contacted directly by either telephone or email and an announcement by general email and Facebook!


Please note... If you are having difficulty with this form, simply email our team requesting an invoice and we will ask you to forward the submission by reply email. This is supposed to be a fabulous experience without any angst! emma@childwrites.com.au 

Category Nomination

Any problems, please simply send the illustrations or the story directly to emma@childwrites.com.au and accompany the submission with a receipt for entry payment - either paypal or eft as outlined below. 

Payment Details

If you have elected to pay by Paypal, your registration is completed on receipt of acknowledgement of receipt of submission by email and you can then close the Pay Pal site.  Please include the PayPal Transaction ID number prior to submitting form.

If you have elected to pay by EFT, your registration is completed on receipt of acknowledgement of receipt.  Please include EFT Payment Confirmation receipt number prior to submitting form.

EFT Bank Deposit:
ANZ Account Name: Child Writes
BSB: 014 720
A/C: 1975 999 25
Reference: Your Name

Account Name: emma@childwrites.com.au
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All payments will be confirmed as received by email.

Terms & Conditions of Entry

  1. Entry fees will be given to The Child Writes Fund and all costs associated with the winners prize, including mentoring and the production of the book, will be gifted from Boogie Books. 
  2. 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.
  3. Child illustrators will need to submit a variety of three full colour A4 sample illustrations, showcasing at three different characters and settings.
  4. Entry is limited to Australian primary-school aged residents. Potentially the winner may be transitioning to secondary school during the production of the book if in Year 6 at time of entering. 
  5. 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.
  6. All entrants will receive an automatically generated reply email indicating receipt of entry. 
  7. Child Writes takes no responsibility for lost or misdirected entries.
  8. The work must solely and wholly be that of the entrant.
  9. 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.
  10. There is no limit to the number of entries per child.  The entry fee must be paid for each entry.
  11. 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!  
  12. 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! 
  13. The winners will be notified by phone and / or email on or before two weeks of the competition closing. 
  14. 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. 
  15. 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.
  16. If you selected the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) option, please submit a copy of your payment receipt by email emma@childwrites.com.au
  17. The promoter is Boogie Books ABN 77 322 342 176.
  18. Child Writes reserves the right to not accept any entry.
  19. 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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