Coming to a consensus between different judges with differing opinions isn’t always an easy feat. But there are certain aspects of quality storytelling that are undeniable. Yes, writing a pitch is like writing a story. It needs to be engaging, evoke an emotion, and concise with each word carefully put into place. You have limited wordage, so ensuring that ‘hook’ is clear and gripping is vital to the strength of your piece. The following entrants have done a spectacular job of fulfilling our judging requirements, and we can now reveal a ‘lucky’ TOP 13!
Thanks once again to our marvellous judges, Debra Tidball, Kellie Byrnes and Dianne Bates for their amazing efforts in marking the 100 entries. The pitches are now in the hands of Emily Lighezzolo of Wombat Books / Rhiza Press… ooh, the suspense!
Amethystine Spark and the Accursed Harp by Geraldine Borella
Monster Raffle by Jenny Blackford
What Got Gary? by Claire Delahunty
Please Don’t Bring Your Python to School by Pauline Cleary
Alicorns Welcome Here by Shaye Wardrop
Goodnight Little Angler by Zoe Gaetjens
Princess Paige of Pine Creek Primary by Charlotte Barkla
There are Fleas in My Peas by Catherine Meatheringham
Toy Mountain by Stef Gemmill
Boss of the Walking School Bus by Kylie Covark
Cracklewood by Lauren Lott
PLUS our two wild cards…
Cat and Dog by Elizyotta Stein
Petal by Kate Gordon
Well done to the shortlistees! A fantastic achievement! All the best with the final round! 🙂
Pitch and accompanying manuscript forwarded to Commissioning Editor and Publicity Coordinator of Wombat Books, Emily Lighezzolo, for a publisher appraisal and edit.
The choice between a manuscript appraisal by award-winning author and editor, Dianne Bates, OR a one-year subscription to leading kidlit e-magazine, Buzz Words.
A $60 Boomerang Books voucher.