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Mayoral Make-A-Book Literacy Challenge

Mayoral Make-A-Book Literacy Challenge 2019

Celebrating 40 years

If you are a preschool or primary school aged child who lives or studies in the City of Charles Sturt, you’re eligible to enter our annual book making competition, which has been running since 1979. Entries are open until Friday 31 May 2019.

You can download and print the entry form here.

The Mayoral Make-A-Book Literacy Challenge is an extremely popular community program for budding young authors and illustrators. Last year, there were 633 amazing original entries, with 30 individuals and 3 class entries winning some wonderful prizes. It gives you a taste of what it is like to create your own book. It’s also a fun, creative way of practising study skills and processes you’ll eventually be doing at higher levels in school.

Mayoral Make-A-Book winners

Your book entry can be:
  • a story, graphic novel, informational, poetry. . . and on any topic
  • English or multilingual
  • a physical book, eBook or audio book
  • created by yourself, with friends or even your whole class
  • up to 1000 words in length

All participants are recognised for their efforts. Prize vouchers are awarded to the most outstanding entries. Teachers and parents are welcome to let us know about any special circumstances to be taken into consideration. Being involved is the most important factor! 

Judges look for:
  • original ideas and themes, creative use of language, sound spelling and grammar (drafting and proofreading are important!)
  • a balance between beginning, middle and end
  • appealing design, layout and format; illustrations that complement the text (if applicable)
  • presentation and neatness

* Binding style is not judged but make sure your book is strong enough to be handled.

How to enter

(It is a requirement of entry to complete and sign the Make A Book Entry Form)

Entries close Friday 31 May 2019

  • For physical books, securely attach a completed entry form per child to the outside of the back cover and submit at any Charles Sturt Library.
  • For eBooks and audio books, email your entry and a completed entry form per child to
For further information:

Call the Library Call Centre on 8408 1333

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