July 12, 2018

Total Quack Up Writing Competition for Kids (it’s new!) Competition closes 29 July – so get busy!

Penguin Random House is seeking submissions from young writers for a new humorous short story collection, Total Quack Up! (October 2018), edited by children’s authors Sally Rippin and Adrian Beck, and illustrated by James Foley.

Rippin and Beck will select the most creative story by a young writer aged 12 or younger for inclusion in the book. Other contributors include Rippin, Beck, Deborah Abela, Tristan Bancks, Jacqueline Harvey, Paul Jennings, Alex Miles, Oliver Phommavanh, R A Spratt and Matt Stanton.

All royalties from sales of the book will be donated to Dymocks Children’s Charities, which provides literacy support to underprivileged children.

Beck said, ‘Sally and I will be reading every single entry and most of all we want kids to make us laugh out loud! The stories can be about anything—they can be embarrassing, possibly spooky or even a little gross! And personally, I love a twist, so I’m hoping for some surprise endings.’

Children interested in the opportunity are encouraged to submit a funny story (minimum 500 words) to THIS LINK by 29 July 2018.



madison roy


its not really the type of thing for me but i sure will try btw im 9 years old

July 13, 2018 at 11:50 am

madison roy


I think i could improve some of my ‘skills ‘ doing this

July 13, 2018 at 11:51 am

Jessica Hare


I think I have an idea!
I’ll have to get writing!

July 13, 2018 at 11:52 am



I will definitely enter! I love writing stories! One day I hope to be a author!

July 14, 2018 at 10:05 am

Sierra Hunt


I have nearly finished and it has been so fun writing!

July 15, 2018 at 11:03 am



Do we have to write about Total Quack Up?

July 15, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    You have to write a funny story – it can be about anything but it just has to be 500 words.

    July 16, 2018 at 6:54 am



How and where can I sign up?!!
I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this for SOO LONG!!!

July 17, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Bella,

    You need to go to the link to the channel 9GO website and take it from there. Good luck.

    Best wishes,

    July 21, 2018 at 4:46 pm



Hi Jacqueline,
i know you probably havent fully decided yet but i was wondering what is AM 18 going to be about? Will Lucinta be in it or maybe their parents, because i have seen a lot of coments about Neville Headlington-Bear and Kitty Nixon.
Also, how do we enter the competiton?
From Saph

July 20, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Saph,

    You’re right that I haven’t exactly decided yet but I think it will be back at school and there may be some exchange students. To enter the competition you need to go onto the website link for Nine GO and take it from there.

    Good luck!


    July 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm



Hi Jacqueline

Is there a picture of Chessie?

July 22, 2018 at 10:42 am



When is the new clementine rose coming out? I loved Alice Miranda in Scotland.

July 22, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Emily,

    I’m currently working on that book right now. It’s called Clementine Rose and the Bake-Off Dilemma and will be out in December (as long as I finish it by next Monday!!) Well then we have to edit it too but I’m about 13,000 words into the draft. I hope that you’ll enjoy it. I’m so pleased you loved AM in Scotland – that was a fun story to write. I’ve got a new Kensy and Max book out in September.

    Best wishes,

    July 22, 2018 at 3:25 pm



Ur. I still don’t live in Aussie. Now that I think about it, I’ve never left New Zealand.

July 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm



I am one of your big fans my favourite book about of Alice miranda and clementine rose is Alice meranda

July 30, 2018 at 7:37 pm



Hi Jacqueline
I noticed in AM Scotland that it said the phones were confiscated, ( the part where Jacinta was upset) does this mean the girls all have mobile phones of their own?

August 2, 2018 at 5:29 pm



Mum’s thinking about publishing my book I’m writing.
It’s called Wendy the wonderful witch.
That girl that made Total Quack-Up is very talented.

Right NOW I’m listen to Come Alive from the greatest showman.
That was random.


August 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm



Hi Jacqueline

I was writing my entry for the treasure competition, and my entry is 26 words but you said it could only be 25 is 26 okay since it is only one word over?

August 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm



Nooooo! I’m too late!!!!!

August 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm



When will the winners be announced! I have an eager beaver at home!

August 8, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Jennis,

    I’ve just put up a blog post with Sally Rippin and Adrian Beck announcing the winner.

    Best wishes,

    August 9, 2018 at 3:08 pm



Dear Jacqueline

uhhhhhhhhhhoh no I missed out!

From Anna

December 4, 2018 at 7:52 pm

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