The Scribbles Creative Writing Awards



The Scribbles Creative Writing Awards are awarded to creators of children’s literature across FIVE categories.

Please note:

The awards are only open to members of the The Scribbles Academy  hosted by Girl&

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All entries must be unpublished works.


We would like to thank HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia for their generosity in supporting these awards.


The Prizes

First prize in each category receives:

A written manuscript assessment by Jen Storer and a track changes edit by Jen.

Plus, a one-hour Skype coaching call with Jen, to discuss your manuscript and your writing journey.

Plus a book package from HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Highly commended in each category receives:

A beautifully designed Scribbles certificate and a funky Girl & Duck writing journal.


All winners, shortlisters and highly commended contestants receive a virtual badge to display on their website/social media platforms.


All winners, shortlisters and highly commended are posted on the girl & duck website in our  Hall of Fame.

The Categories

PB – Picture Book 500 words

JF – Junior Fiction 2000 words (short story)

MG – Middle Grade 4000 words (short story)

PB Storyboard – Illustrations/text presented in storyboard format (PDF)

Poetry – open

NB PB Storyboard is our most experimental category. In the spirit of Scribbles, we’re looking for originality, creativity and intelligence.

Please do not send us questions about this category, just send us something amazing! The only restriction, your storyboard must be in multiple of eights ie 8 pages, 16 pages, 24 pages or 32 pages. Limited text!

Your storyboard will  NOT be judged solely on the quality of the illustrations, but also on the concept and its execution.

Please only provide roughs. Do not use final art. Use the storyboard to showcase your understanding of the link between images and text/ images and story.

To everyone joining in, congratulations, good luck and

Let’s Get Scribbly!

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The Dates

OPEN 2019 dates coming soon!!

CLOSES 31st OCTOBER 2018 at 10:00pm AEST

SHORTLIST announced Friday November 30, 2018

WINNERS announced Friday December 7, 2018


How to enter the awards

Please pay your entry fee first, you’ll need your Big Cartel order number(s) to proceed!


Entry fee is $20.00 (plus GST) for each submission. Only one submission in each category is permitted.

Email your entry to

In your email it is essential that you include the following:

  • Your name
  • Contact email
  • Phone number
  • Your BigCartel Order number(s)
  • The title of your story/stories. (NB Multiple story submissions should be listed on the SAME email.)
  • The category of your story (Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction)
  • If you are submitting in PB, JF or MG story, please submit as a Word document only.
  • If you are submitting a Picture Book Storyboard, the document must be in PDF format.

Please ensure your name and identifying details do not appear on the manuscript itself.

By entering the competition, you are agreeing to comply with the Terms and Conditions of the Scribbles Creative Writing Awards please read carefully.

The Judging

All decisions made by the judges are final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Entries will be judged blindly. Once again, please ensure your name and identifying details do not appear on the manuscript itself.

Terms and Conditions

  • No contest entry fees will be returned.
  • By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules.
  • Contest rules are subject to change.
  1. Entry is open to adult creators in all locations, excepting those employed by Girl & Duck or the Scribbles Creative Writing Award Sponsors.
  2. The awards are only open to participants of the Scribbles creative writing course run by Girl & Duck.
  3. Stories must be written in English
  4. Entry fee is $20.00 (plus GST) for each category submission.
  5. Submissions are restricted to one entry per category per person.
  6. Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript/submitted work.
  7. The judge’s decisions will be final. No correspondence will be entered in to.
  8. Entries are to be no more than prescribed word limits per category (exclusive of the title).
  9. Previously published or awarded work will not be accepted.
  10. Submissions under consideration by another competition or publication will be accepted, but Girl & Duck must be notified immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.
  11. Copyright for each submitted work remains with the author.
  12. The closing date is 31st October, 2018. Entries will be accepted up until 10pm AEST.
  13. Late entries will not be accepted.
  14. Results will be announced on 30th November, 2018. Award winners will be notified by email.
  15. Work should be submitted in 12 point font with minimum 1.5 spacing.
  16. Please read our Privacy Policy.

Our Judges

Gabrielle Wang
Gabrielle Wang

Gabrielle Wang is a children’s author and illustrator whose books are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy. She has twice won the Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Long Fiction and her novels have been named Notables in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Two of her works were Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and her first novel, The Garden of Empress Cassia was listed on the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honour List. Gabrielle has published sixteen children’s novels with Penguin Books Australia and a picture book, The Race for the Chinese Zodiac with Walker Books. She has been published internationally in the US, UK, China, South America and Korea. Gabrielle is also author of two of the very popular Our Australian Girl series, Poppy and Pearlie. Her latest novel is Ting Ting the Ghosthunter the sequel to A Ghost in My Suitcase.

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Lucinda Gifford

Many years ago, Lucinda Gifford left her fishing village in Scotland’s far north to study architecture in the big city, and quickly realised she preferred sketching buildings to designing them. She finally shared some of her best sketches 25 years later – at the 2014 SCBWI Illustrator Showcase in Sydney. Since then, Lucinda Gifford has illustrated over 20 books, four of which she has also written. She is published with Walker Books, Scholastic, Hachette, Allen and Unwin and ABC HarperCollins and plans to write and draw for the rest of her life, or until her hand drops off, or both.

Judith Rossell
Judith Rossell

Judith Rossell is a writer and illustrator. Her books include maze and puzzle books, picture books and novels, and have been published in more than 20 languages. She has written 12 books and illustrated about 80. Her best-selling illustrated novels Withering-by-Sea and Wormwood Mire have won a number of awards. Her most recent picture book was Bogtrotter, written by Margaret Wild. She teaches Writing for Children at RMIT in Melbourne and has a cat the size of a walrus.


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Jen Storer has written many acclaimed books for children, including the best-selling ‘Truly Tan’ series, illustrated by Claire Robertson. Book seven, Truly Tan: Baffled!, is due for release November 2018. Jen is the author of the children’s fantasy novels, Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid ChildrenThe Accidental Princess (illustrated by Lucia Masciullo) and The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack (illustrated by Lucinda Gifford). Her ‘Danny Best’ series (illustrated by Mitch Vane) began with Danny Best: Full On! Book three, Danny Best: Me First!, was released February 2018. Jen is also a picture book creator, whose titles include Clarrie’s Pig Day Out with illustrator Sue deGennaro, Blue, the Builder’s Dog with illustrator Andrew Joyner, and the 2019 release, Wibble Wobble with illustrator Lisa Stewart. Jen is published by HarperCollins and Penguin/Random House, and represented by Curtis Brown Literary Agents. She teaches creative writing online and in real life. She lives with her partner in Central Victoria.

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