August competition winner: Extraordinary achievements

We can tell from the responses to our August competition that we have some extraordinary readers in our community! Here are just a few of the achievements we heard about:

  • Sonia is proud of performing in front of a large crowd at the Diwali Fest.
  • Bardelli Books will be publishing their first children’s picture book in November 2019.
  • Cathy walked 800km from St Jean to Santiago de Compostela in 30 days — the first time she had ever done anything just for herself. She found it so freeing that she walked another route 3 years later, followed by another 2 years later. (It’s addictive.)

This month’s winner: Hannah Tunnicliffe

‘Getting through childbirth, getting through childbirth, getting through childbirth (3 daughters 😂)’

A copy of Zanzibar by Catharina Valckx is on its way to you.

September competition

Toitoi–Gecko Press competition for young writers and artists

Writers and readers go together: not only do writers need readers, they need to be readers!

This month, Gecko Press is running a competition with our friends at Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists, a wonderful journal that encourages young people to become lifelong readers and engage with the arts. (Read more about Toitoi in our September newsletter next week.)

What to do

Create a piece of writing or art inspired by a favourite Gecko Press book or character. All entries go in the draw to win a copy of new release Cornelia and the Jungle Machine — a book that celebrates adventure and imagination (or the adventure of imagination).

Deadline Friday 6 October

All submissions will be considered for the 19th issue of Toitoi — any early birds (received by 27 September) will be considered for Toitoi 18.

You can email your entries to us at with ‘September competition’ in the subject line.