SPECIAL Competition News!

Hey, Pitch It! folks! We are fully underway with our second annual Pitch It! Competition for Australian children’s writers, and wow, the entries are certainly impressive so far! Well done! Today’s SPECIAL COMPETITION NEWS serves as an encouraging piece of inspiration that by taking a chance, having the initiative and putting your best self forward READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition 2019

Just Write For Kids Pitch It! Competition Guidelines www.justkidslit.com/pitch-it-competition-2019   We’re back! The team at Just Write For Kids are very excited to announce our second annual writing competition; Pitch It!   If you’re like most writers, you’re probably itching for the chance to skip the slush pile and get your manuscript directly on the READ MORE

Book Review: The Secret Science Society’s Spectacular Experiment, by Kathy Hoopmann and Josie Montano

The Secret Science Society’s Spectacular Experiment, Kathy Hoopmann and Josie Montano, Wombat Books, August 2019. From the publisher: Mona likes to moan. Kiki is a worry-wart. Bart loves following rules. And Zane HATES following rules. When the four of them are put into The Secret Science Society together, this could only mean one thing: DISASTER! READ MORE

The Quick Six Interview with Kathy Hoopmann and Josie Montano

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Kathy Hoopmann and Josie Montano! It’s a pleasure to feature a ‘spectacular’ author duo on the blog, representing their upcoming new release that will surely be a hit with a wide audience; Kathy Hoopmann and Josie Montano with The Secret Science Society’s Spectacular Experiment! Wow! About the Authors Kathy has written READ MORE

Book Review: Once, by Kate Forsyth and Krista Brennan

Once, Kate Forsyth and Krista Brennan, Wombat Books, April 2019   From the publisher:   Once A long time ago My grandmother’s grandmother Travelled far, far across the seas Over the rim of the world to where the stars were new   Kate Forsyth tells tales of her ancestors’ lives in Australia in this beautifully READ MORE

Book Review: How Not to Be Popular by Cecily Anne Paterson

How Not to Be Popular, Cecily Anne Paterson, Wombat Books, 2019 From the publisher: Maddie tries to be nice to everyone. Even weird, chicken-obsessed Tahlia. BUT she’d way prefer to hang out with the cool K-girls at school. The only problem is that they don’t seem interested in her anymore. And at Year 6 camp READ MORE

The JWFK Members’ Top Children’s Books of 2018!

Every year I sort through my hundreds of books read, reviewed, bought, given, borrowed and absolutely treasured throughout the past twelve months. And as you know, the standard of children’s titles in Australia is phenomenal. So my process of selecting my favourites is always painstakingly difficult. That’s why I passed the buck onto my fellow READ MORE

Penny Reeve – Breaking Boundaries Part 3

This is the third and final part of my interview with Kids and YA author Penny Reeve (Penny Jaye for YA). In Part One, Penny spoke about the process of writing and publishing her YA novel, Out of the Cages, a powerful and important story about human trafficking.  In Part Two, we congratulated Penny on READ MORE

Six Top Tips on How to Write Children’s Manuscript Pitches – That Editors Want to Read

You’ve spent countless hours pouring your thoughts, heart and soul, and even blood, sweat and tears into your manuscript. It’s taken months, if not years, to perfect it. It’s been on it’s own journey around and around, reimagined and rejigged many times over. And now it’s ready to be sent off into the world of READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition 2018 Winners

Over the month of September, Just Write For Kids Australia held its first writing competition. The theme was to write a pitch based on a children’s or young adult manuscript, aimed at publishers in under 150 words. The expert panel of judges were given the enormous task of processing 100 entries with consideration to the READ MORE