Once again it was a pleasure to read through the many wonderful ‘Living in a Treehouse’ themed stories for this year’s Dymocks writing competition. Given the stories are all so different from each other it’s always a fiendishly difficult task to pick a winner, but Devika Warrier’s fully illustrated mini-novella, The Five-Storey Treehouse, was hard to resist – I mean, it had flying pianos for goodness sakes: not even Terry and I have ever come up with something that mad! I also want to acknowledge the originality and clever wordplay in the stories of Lucy Litchfield and Hudson Dyer (second and third place-getters respectively). They were both having a lot of fun with the language they used to tell their stories and also both did wonderful illustrations. Congratulations to all the entrants and I hope you all continue to enjoy your writing and drawing!
— Andy Griffiths, 2017
The Andy Griffiths Kids’ Writing Competition
CALLING ALL KIDS!
Each year Dymocks and Pan Macmillan invite Australian kids to get creative and enter a writing competition that’s judged by the one and only Andy Griffiths.
To celebrate the release of The 104-Storey Treehouse, we’re calling all Andy fans to knock our socks off with their imaginative short stories.
The one major prize winner will receive their story framed with illustrations by Terry Denton. The top 5 entries (including the winner) will each WIN* an Andy Griffiths book pack containing 14 books each supplied by Pan Macmillan valued at $206.86 each.
Entries can be submitted via the online form below
or mailed to:
Level 6, 428 George Street,
Sydney NSW 2000.
(Original hard copy materials will not be returned).
Entry is open to primary aged school students who are residents of Australia.
Entries due by 1 October 2018
Winners will be announced by Friday 30 November 2017
Terms and Conditions
Congratulations to Sasha Mackenzie who won the 2017 Andy Griffiths Kids’ Writing Competition.
Andy described the winning entry The Five-Storey Treehouse as “This story is utterly charming and employs colourful and inventive illustration to great effect. Dot and Spot’s treehouse allows them to travel inside a fake body, go for elephant-rides, receive a haircut from a giant pair of scissors, fly on flying pianos, walk upside down in an upside down level and Skype everybody in the world all at the same time. Wow! It contains two complete fully illustrated mini-adventures all in the space of no more than 8 pages. Great work and a worthy winner!”