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Charlotte Duncan Award for childrens writing 2016

The Charlotte Duncan Award was established in 2009 in memory of our baby daughter, Charlotte Duncan, to raise funds for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.

Celapene Press invites entries for the Charlotte Duncan Award for a short story for young readers aged 9-12 years. This award has been established in the memory of Charlotte Duncan to raise funds for the neo-natal unit at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.

Entry fee: $9.90 per story.

1st prize - $75, 2nd prize - $50, 3rd prize - $25.

Winning and commended entries will be published on the Celapene Press website.

Closing date: 31 July 2016

Competition Guidelines

Entry Form


Charlotte Duncan Award 2015

Congratulations to the Winners of the Charlotte Duncan Award 2015

First Prize - 'Ned's New House' by Bruna Romanin
Second Prize - 'The Black Dog' by Jemma van de Nes
Third Prize - 'The Buddy Mix Up Match Up' by Danika Hall
Highly Commended - 'Getting to Know You' by Dimity Powell

Judges Notes and winning stories


Short and Twisted 2015

Short and Twisted 2015

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New releases

Mr Crikey and the Greedy Griffith

Mr Crikey and the Greedy Griffith by Matt Porter

When wildlife warrior Mr Crikey bursts into the classroom of Grade 6B wrestling a python, the students think the saviour of the local Swimming Hole has arrived. Mr Crikey sets about helping the students raise money to purchase the Swimming Hole, and the surrounding bushland, and save it from the hands of developers. However, their plans are thrown into disarray when suave businessman Benjamin Griffith rents out the class storeroom and subsequently purchases shares in the students. Griffith forces the students to work for him and turns the classroom into a money earning regime with initiatives such as 'walk-thru learning'. Will the students of Grade 6B be able to regain power of their classroom and save the Swimming Hole?

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Recent Releases

In Hades by Goldie Alexander

In Hades

Aurealis Awards 2014 Finalist - Young Adult Short Story

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Kai and Bilby-G have cared little for the impact their actions have had on other people. When tragedy strikes, they are thrown into a journey of self-reflection where they must explore the real meaning of trust, love, family and forgiveness.






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A Game of Keeps by Dianne Bates

A Game of Keeps

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Bright and cheerful Ashley lives with her mum and pet guinea pig, Froggie. Ashley wants a lot of things in her life: a puppy, to be a dancer or actress when she grows up, and more attention from her mum. Most of all she wants her parents to be reunited.

When Ashley is faced with major changes in her life she meets Daisy and Will, a couple from 'Aunts and Uncles'. In them she finds a loving couple able to support and encourage her just when she needs it. But can they help Ashley develop the closer relationship with her mum that she yearns for and guide her through the changes ahead?


Nobody's Boy

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2013 - Notable Book

Ron Green's family is broken, just like him. He isn't able to live with his mum or dad, or step-mother. He's nobody's boy. Now he's being fostered by his aunt who has three sons of her own. It's a chaotic, angry environment, and young Ron isn't at all happy. When strangers, Rosie and Bob, offer to care for him, he jumps at the chance, rebels against his aunt, and is placed with them. It's the kind of home he's always dreamed of. There is only one thing missing. He aches to be with his dad ...

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