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 given contest guidelines, spelling, grammar and punctuation, strength of ‘hook’ and overall ability to intrigue. Thank you Dianne Bates, Debra Tidball, Kellie Byrnes and Emily Lighezzolo. You all did a spectacular job and I am truly grateful!

Just Write For Kids is thrilled to announce the following winners in the 2018 Pitch It! Competition.


Toy MountainStef Gemmill

Congratulations, Stef! Your pitch has proven to capture a “very important issue in today’s society but with a quirky, fun twist for kids to relate to.” (Emily Lighezzolo).

You will receive a manuscript appraisal from Emily at Wombat Books, PLUS your choice of Buzz Words one-year subscription OR appraisal by Dianne Bates.

Runner Up:

Goodnight Little AnglerZoe Gaetjens

Congratulations, Zoe! Your pitch “seems like an adorable story, with a strong moral message.” (Emily Lighezzolo).

You will receive a $60 Boomerang Books voucher to spend on books of your choice.

Honorary Mentions:

Princess Paige of Pine Creek PrimaryCharlotte Barkla
Please Don’t Bring Your Python to SchoolPauline Cleary
Amethystine Spark and the Accursed HarpGeraldine Borella
There are Fleas in My Peas Catherine Meatheringham
Monster RaffleJenny Blackford
Cat and DogElizyotta Stein
PetalKate Gordon

Congratulations, everyone! Your pitches stood out to the judges as being intriguing, well-crafted with emotion and marketing potential.

Thank you to all the entrants and everyone involved in making our first writing competition a success. Winning entrants will be contacted shortly. We will be releasing another post in the next few days with handy tips on writing pitches from our judges.

X Romi and the Just Write For Kids team

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