The Scribbles Creative Writing Awards


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

Please note: These awards are only open to members of the The Scribbles Academy.

The 2019 Scribbles Creative Writing Awards are now CLOSED.

Shortlist announced Friday Oct 18, 2019

Winners announced Tuesday Nov 5, 2019


All entries must be unpublished works.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 receive:

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

Plus a book package from HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Highly Commended in each category receive:

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


All winners, short-listers and highly commended contestants receive a beautiful certificate plus a virtual badge to display on their website/social media platforms. They also receive judge’s comments.


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

The Categories

PB – Picture Book 500 words (maximum)

JF – Junior Fiction 2000 words (short story)

MG – Middle Grade 4000 words (short story)

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

Poetry for Children – word count open but please use your discretion

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!


The Dates

COMPETITION OPENS: September 20, 2019

CLOSES: October 11, 2019, 10pm AEST



WINNERS ANNOUNCED: November 5, 2019




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. Multiple submissions in each category are 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, Poetry 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 members of The Scribbles Academy  hosted by Girl & Duck.
  3. Stories must be written in English
  4. Entry fee is $20.00 (plus GST) for each category submission.
  5. Multiple submissions are permitted in each 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 currently with a publisher, will be accepted. However, Girl & Duck must be notified immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. In this case, your entry will be withdrawn without refund.
  11. Copyright for each submitted work remains with the author.
  12. The closing date is October 11, 2019. Entries will be accepted up until 10pm AEST.
  13. Late entries will not be accepted.
  14. Final results will be announced on November 5, 2019. 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 Stellar Judges!

Michelle Madden
Michelle Madden has many year’s experience in Australian book publishing, working as an editor of fiction and non-fiction. She began her career almost twenty years ago in sales and marketing, specialising in books for children and since then has been passionate about this area of publishing. Michelle currently works in the Penguin Young Readers department at Penguin Random House Australia as a commissioning editor.

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-SeaWormwood Mire, and Wakestone Hall, have won a number of awards. Her most recent picture book is 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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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.

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Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children. His books which include Wendy, Herman and Rosie (a 2013 CBCA ‘Honour Award’ for best picture book), Somewhere Else and The Last Peach, have sold in over 20 countries worldwide and have received wide international recognition. He has been shortlisted for the German Youth Literature Award, the Sakura Medal in Japan, the Kirico book awards in Spain, the Les Incorruptibles prize in France, the Premio Anderson Children’s Book awards in Italy and has twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. Gus is represented by Charlie Olsen of InkWell Management in New York. He lives with his wife and three kids in Sydney, Australia.



Jen Storer

Jen Storer has written many acclaimed books for children, including the best-selling ‘Truly Tan’ series, illustrated by Claire Robertson. 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 four, Danny Best: Watch This!, will be released February 2020. 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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