Write a Book in a Day is a creative and challenging team competition for adult writing groups and students in years 5 to 12. Teams of up to ten have just twelve hours to write and illustrate a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story. Completed books are donated to children in hospitals all across Australia. 

Funds raised through sponsorship go to The Kids’ Cancer Project, a national charity with a mission to support scientific research to help children with cancer. 

Read the competition manual for more information or register now. 


  • 2002 - Write a Book in a Day begins as a partnership between Katharine Susannah Prichard 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.
  • 2017 - A new website for the competition is launched and 790 teams Write a Book in a Day raising over $190,000 for research to help children with many different types of cancer.  

The Kids’ Cancer Project

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


The Kids’ Cancer Project is an independent national charity supporting childhood cancer research. Since 1993, thanks to strong community support, the charity has contributed tens of millions of dollars to scientific research projects to help children with many types of cancer.

Founder, Col Reynolds OAM, has a steely focus to make a difference to the lives of kids living with cancer. It all started on an ordinary day in the late 1980s when Col found himself driving his empty tourist coach past the Children’s Hospital in Camperdown, Sydney. After stopping to let two youngsters with bald heads cross the road, he parked his vehicle and went into the hospital on the spur of the moment. Touched by the spirit of everyone he met that day, Col made it his personal mission to help kids with cancer in any way he could. Col learned very early in his quest, that the only way to improve outcomes for these children is through advances in medical research.


Learn about the research projects.


Gather classmates, colleagues, comrades and cronies. Enter your team of 5 - 10 members into one of the five competition divisions.

Simply read our handy manual, then register online and ask family and friends to sponsor you!


Choose a date between 1 June and 31 August. Find a warm classroom, library or living room and create your story from a unique set of parameters. 

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


A fun creative challenge for you, and the gift of reading for sick children. All completed books are donated to kids in hospitals around Australia.

Plus the money you raise goes toward much needed childhood cancer research.