Jennifer Horn is a Brisbane-based freelance illustrator and children’s writer. Her debut picture book “The Precious Plum” was released in October 2021 amongst some very musical live book launches, and was shortlisted for the 2022 Little Pink Dog’s Authorstrator Prize. She illustrated the cover of Anthology Angels’ children’s fundraising anthology of 2021, Once Upon a Whoops!: Fractured Fairytales and Ridiculous Rhymes (2021) and her short stories have appeared in each of these annual publications since 2018: It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (2018), Spooktacular Stories (2019) and Tell ‘Em They’re Dreaming (2020). Her first Young Adult short story, Faulty Connection, was published in Rhiza Edge’s dystopian and sci-fi anthology, Crossed Spaces earlier this year. She was awarded a Highly Commended for her submission of middle grade illustrations at the 2020 CYA Conference.
With a background in Architecture, Jen draws on her love of stories and adventure to create whimsical illustrations in a Quentin-Blake-inspired squiggle style. She enjoys reading books over local community station Reading Radio, and playing accordion in the eclectic ensemble Obscure Orchestra. She has also been part of Art Department teams on several Brisbane-based films, including Stan’s Christmas on The Farm, Netflix’s Romance on the Menu and Amazon Prime’s The Umbrella.