Write a Book in a Day was the brain-child of Chris Oakeley, Murray Barton, Frank Mackie and Lara Mackie of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre (KSP), the oldest writers' centre of its kind in Australia. The Centre encourages and facilitates writers' readings, workshops, writers in residence and other services, all designed to help and encourage writers at all levels of the craft in Western Australian.

  • 2002 - Write a Book in a Day begins as a partnership between Katherine Suzanna Pritchard Writers Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth. Chris Oakeley from the Centre and a few volunteers run the competition and 18 teams raise money for the hospital.
  • 2009 - 79 teams enter the competition, they are based in just two Australian states, Western Australia and New South Wales.
  • 2014 - The competition attracts 452 teams, 150 of them from schools. Over $100,000 is raised for children's hospitals in every Australian state and territory.
  • 2015 - Chris and his team seek out a national charity to take over running the competition. The Kids' Cancer Project are appointed. Entries grow to 529 teams comprising over 4,500 young and adult writers.
  • 2016 - Over $157,000 is raised for vital childhood cancer research through the participation of 630 teams including 187 schools.

The Kids’ Cancer Project

Funds raised by Write a Book in a Day teams go toward childhood cancer research to improve treatments and find a cure.

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in Australian children. Three children die from cancer each week. The Kids' Cancer Project supports 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.

Learn about the research projects.