Last week we announced the longlists for the 2020 Pitch It! Competition, and well, that was exciting enough! Today, we are absolutely BUZZING with excitement to find out which of our fabulous Pitch It! entries made the shortlists! These talented writers will all receive feedback on their pitches from our hard-working judges – please expect emails within the next couple of weeks!

The judges have all noted how high the standard of entries has been this year. Their points referred to the originality of the concept, emotion and voice used in the pitch to reflect the manuscript, as well as the importance of an easy-to-read flow throughout the piece, an enticing hook upfront and a clear point of difference. The following pitches reflected writing like storytelling – gripping, emotive, and concise with each word carefully put into place.

Huge thanks once again to Katrina McKelvey, Robert Vescio, Stef Gemmill, Kate Gordon and Nadia L King xx

So, without further ado, here are the SHORTLISTS for the TOP pitches. Congratulations to all!

Picture Book Category

Albert’s Gift – M. Wray

If Crickets Played Cricket – J. Gould

James’s Joy – J. Catalano

LOUD! – L. Fletcher

Rosie and the Rainbow Smile – T. Donoghue

Signs – H. Jackson

The Garden at the End of the World – C. Polimeni

The Memory Collector – J. Nilson

The Paper Aeroplane – G. Patience

When Grace was Space – B. Nanayakkara


Junior Fiction / Middle Grade Category

92 Addington Place – P. Cleary

How to Rule the World? – C. Fitzgerald

Once Upon a Blood Moon – M. Jankuloska

Ordinary Jane – Z. Gaetjens

The Cloud Factory – L. Drew

The Great Ape Escape – H. Gallagher

The Great Ned Head Heist – S. Parsons

The Smuggle Bunnies – C. Fitzgerald

The Rat-catcher’s Apprentice – M. Jankuloska

Tilly and Max – L. McDermott

Timefire – N. McKenzie


Young Adult Category

Enough is Enough – N. Smith

Life Withour Clouds – F. Miller-Stevens

Peacemaker – E. Moss

Rules of the Stitch Up – G. Borella

Septime – L. Drew

So It Goes – B. Loveridge

The Burrow – A. Davies

The Inventor and the Comet – B. Breen

The Luminance – K. Covark

The Shrinking World – S. Tacey


Well done to the shortlistees! A fantastic achievement! All the best with the final round! 🙂
Winners and runners up will be announced on Wednesday November 4.


To see the competition guidelines and list of prizes, please head to the following link:

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