Open to adults and students from Years 5 to 12, your team will have just 12 hours to complete a book from start to finish. Just to make it even more fun, you’ll receive some unique parameters which must be included in your story. Funds raised through team sponsorship, along with a portion of the entry fee, go to The Kids’ Cancer Project, a national charity with a mission to fund scientific research to improve treatments and ultimately find a cure for childhood cancers.


Registrations open - 1st May

Competition opens - 8am 1st June

Competition ends - 8pm 31st August

Shortlist announced - October

Winners announced - November

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Gather classmates, colleagues, comrades and cronies. Enter your team of 5 - 10 members into one of 5 divisions including Primary, Middle Secondary, Upper Secondary, Open and Corporate.

Simply register online, read our handy manual and get your family and friends to sponsor your team!


Choose any date between 1 June and 31 August to write your book. Find a warm shed, classroom, library, living room, boardroom or go digital and communicate by video chat and email.

Start writing at 8am and be sure to complete and submit your book online by 8pm that evening.


Not only will you be challenging yourself creatively through team work, imaginative thinking, planning and communication, but your book will be donated to hospitals for children to enjoy.

Plus the money you raise will go towards much needed kids' cancer research.

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 facilitates writers' readings, workshops, writers in residence and other services, all designed to encourage writers at all levels of the craft in Western Australia.

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 support collaborative research that has the greatest chance of clinical success. Learn about the research projects.