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Write a Book in a Day 2023 – winners announcement!

The 2023 edition of Write a Book in a Day was very simply the biggest competition to date- watch the full Winner Announcement here! 1,939 teams around the country rose to the challenge, writing and illustrating a novel in just 12 hours – and sometimes even less! Read on below to see which creative crew took home the top spots…

However, before we get to that a massive thank you is in order for your incredible fundraising work. Over the past three months, teams like yours have helped raise a whopping $901,045 to support vital kids’ cancer research.

That is an unbelievable achievement, so even if the tour team hasn’t made the top spot for Best Book, I hope you’re incredibly proud to be helping kids survive cancer.

What’s more, your tall tales, silly stories and brilliant books will also be made available to children’s hospitals throughout Australia, bringing a great sense of comfort and a welcome distraction to kids who are facing the hardest time of their lives.

2023 in numbers

With teams entering from across Australia, 2023 was our biggest year ever! In total, there were:

  • 1,939 teams
  • 694 schools and writing groups
  • 14,073 individual writers
  • $901,045 raised for kids’ cancer research

Congratulations to our national winners!

Once again, our panel of expert judges, including Head Judge and leading children’s author, Will Kostakis, were blown away by the incredible quality of the books this year.

But there can only be one winner…!

Without further ado, here are the very deserving winners of each category:

Primary School

Best Book: Super Cooper Croc and the Runaway Dogs, by Valley Voices, Green Valley Public School

Best illustration: Taxi to the Truth, by Year 6 Scribes King’s Christian College

Middle School

Best Book: Treasure of the Forest by The Oscar Wildes, Marymount College

Best illustration: Bulls Eye by Alpacas are not Llamas, Hillcrest Christian College

Upper School

Best Book: Hickory Dickory Dock-The Land Inside the Clock by PLC Year 10, Presbyterian Ladies’ College

Best illustration: Noia by Eunoia: The Beautiful Thinkers, Ursula Frayne Catholic College


Best Book: Flying Home by State of the East, Speak Life

Best illustration: Flying Home by State of the East, Speak Life

“Our team of ten extremely enjoyed the activity. In my opinion, Write a Book in a Day is a fantastic activity, and I have unlocked core memories participating in it, with the book and my friends.” Year 6 student- Arden Junior School

Can’t wait for next year’s Write a Book in a Day? Email [email protected] we’ll let you know as soon as registration opens!