Write a Book in a Day is a fun, creative and collaborative competition for students in years 5 to 12 and adult writing groups. 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. Digital editions of the completed stories are made available on the Online Library and shared with hospitals across Australia.
Funds raised through sponsorship go to The Kids’ Cancer Project, a national charity supporting childhood cancer research.
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.
2018 – 1032 teams participate in the competition, raising over $247,000 for childhood cancer research.
2019 – Sponsorship pages are launched to help writers with their fundraising efforts. A record 1132 teams participate in the competition and raise over $475,000.
2020 – A year like no other, some teams participate ‘virtually’ if not able to compete ‘in-person’. The first virtual Award Ceremony is held (view it here) and a record $537,000 is raised for childhood cancer research.