Just Write For Kids Australia’s first Picture It! Anthology Competition for local artists and illustrators of children’s books was held throughout June and July (and some of August!) as an initiative to raise the profiles of our wonderful illustrators and creatives, to raise donations for The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and to produce a stunning anthology for young readers that celebrates the language, art, culture and unique nuances of pieces of our wonderful nation! The brief was to create a combined illustration and text piece that showed the artist’s personal ‘Australian heart’ story, voice and technique for a chosen colour scheme and theme. Our judging panel needed to consider each piece on its artistic merits, emotive quality, representation of the topic, as well as how all the pieces collaboratively aligned as a whole. It was no easy feat! ALL of the entries were absolutely superb!

HUGE thanks once again to our expert team for your meticulous work in putting this gorgeous creation together:

Jennifer Sharp of Daisy Lane Publishing,

Mary Anastasiou, and

Tannya Harricks


Well done to everyone who entered, and to our successful contributors – CONGRATULATIONS!

The following artists will be featured in our upcoming illustrated anthology, titled ‘Our Australian HeART‘ …

Front Cover Winner

Rachael RobertsonPoppies in Kings Park

All Contributors

Bridget Acreman – Leaf Party Dress

Suzanne Barton – Wonderland

Melanie Corrigan (illus.) with Rhonda Ooi (text) – Sweet Summer Days

Kim de Haan – The Land of Leftover Dinosaurs

Michele Dodd – Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos

Alisha Dyer – Redbank Gorge

Naomi Eccles-Smith – Australian Brumbies

Hannah Friend – Night Feast

Daniela Glyntzos – The Little Things

Imogen Hartland – Ocean Pools

Jacqui Hewlett – Wandering Geckos: Patterns in Life

Carla Hoffenberg – New Life at the Great Barrier Reef

Jennifer Horn – Scrub Turkey

Lorraine & Jessica Miller – Our Planet, Our Australia

Rachael Robertson – Poppies in Kings Park

Jeanette Stampone – After the Fire

Thank you to all the entrants and everyone involved in helping to make our first Picture It! Anthology a success.

Exciting news! Our PRE-ORDER sales are NOW OPEN to the public! Visit the following link to find out more about our wonderful ‘Our Australian HeART’ anthology and what’s on offer!

X Romi and the Picture It! Team

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3 thoughts to “Picture It! Anthology Competition Winners 2023

  • Norah

    This looks amazing, Romi. Congratulations to you and the team. I’ve ordered my copy!

    • Just Write For Kids

      Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and support of our anthology! We’re sure you’ll love it! Thank you xx

      • Norah

        I think so too. 🙂


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