What an intriguing idea.
Write-a-Book-in-a-Day is a fundraising initiative of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Write-a-Book-in-a-Day is a one-day writing marathon where sponsored teams will write a children's book in a day, raising funds 40% for KSPWC and 60% for Children's Hospitals in each Australian State. Additionally a copy of each finished book will be donated to the hospital library.
That is the gist of the contest.
Actually it is only half a day. Entrants in the three categories; Primary Schools, Under 18's and Open teams are emailed the details of the story they are to write at 8.00am. They are given a random setting, two human characters, one non human character, an issue and five random words and using these parameters, must plan, write, illustrate, print and bind the book by 8.00pm.
Teams consist of five to ten participants who must work together to complete the challenge. Teams nominate which children’s hospital receives the funds raised by them during the competition. Funds consist of the entry fee ($300 per team – 60% to the hospital) and 100% of any sponsorship money raised by the team members goes to their nominated children’s hospital.
The Write-a-Book-in-a-Day contest has been running since 2003. I think this would be an interesting challenge to undertake so I’m going on the hunt to find a team.
Further details can be found at :- http://kspf.iinet.net.au/bookinaday/index.html