Every year I say it, but WOW! What fantastic entries! The standard just improves year upon year. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who put their best pitches forward for our 2023 Pitch It! Competition! Submissions were well-crafted with elements of intrigue, voice and professionalism. There was a wide range of topical and interesting concepts that obviously deliberately catered to the appropriate target market. Well done!

All of our judges took on the enormous task of carefully contemplating the pitches within their categories. HUGE appreciation goes to these absolutely knowledgeable and experienced industry professionals. For our picture book category, Debra Tidball and Amelia McInerney. For both the junior fiction and middle grade categories, Kate Gordon and Crystal Corocher. Thank you all xx

So, the all-important LONGLISTS are finally here!

Congratulations to…

Picture Book Category

A Drop of WaterS. Gemmill

A Robot RebellionF. Smyth

A Surprise for MumL. Holloway

Archie’s SummerH. Cardamone

Boo! Rah!Js. Horn

By Hook or By ChookE. Greville

Crackerjack!D. Viera

Do Not SmileJs. Horn

Don’t Feed the DragonfliesS. Wardrop

Dumpster DinerK. de Haan

FlickA. Keir-Stanley

Mooncake MissionE. Chan

Moonlight WallabyL. Harrison

Nigel the Nit’s Worldly AdventuresS. Summons

Nora Finkle’s Remarkable Beard!E. Royce

Now You Know Your ABCs D. Frenkel

Rudi, the Reef ThiefA. Jobson

Scentsational SurprisesK. Byrnes

Shell ShoppingM. Wilson

Sneeze AdventureJ. Galatola

Stretch the Sausage Dog Aims HighS. Dodd

The Marvellous Sea Creatures You Haven’t Met YetR. Marshallsay

We’re Going Trick-or-TreatingS. Dalgleish

Yolk TaleL. Sutton

ZeroJn. Horn

Junior Fiction Category

Chef Frankencheddar – The Tombstone Diaries Mina

Crafty CleoR. Szrenko

Dragon TearsS. Heron

Fraser’s Magic EraserS. Heron

Fred and DogA. Rutstein

Gerty McWerty and the Sticky SpellF. Ali

Herman Shelby and the Vanishing VegetableZ. Gaetjens

Iggy Erkelstine, Fictional CompanionM. Postlethwaite

Maisie and the FairiesH. Walkinshaw

Mason and the Magic DrumM. Hunter

PortalS. Wardrop

Princess HoneyK. Tyrrell

Rose and Wild – Lost in Marshmallow MansionK. Campbell

Rubbing it SmoothK. Rackham

The Beanstalk ChroniclesA. Hannan

The Case of the Crooked Chocolate ChefD. Williams

The Code Thieves from TootlezunF. White

The Creek CrewR. Sterjovski

The Famous Fryers of England A. Hannan

The Nahla MysteryK. Fleming

Middle Grade Category

Abigail Rachman and the Bush AdventureK. Canobi

Amy v the Menacing MillionaireC. Withiel

Artificial evolution – NetworkS. Hancy

Beyond the Forbidden Boundary: The Unknown WorldN. Adkins

Ethelwulf Greyangel’s Circus of LightE. Damon

Gracie the DiamondH. Gearing

Life is Looking Up For Charlie ReevesK. Temple

Secrets UncoveredK. Roberts

Silent ExtinctionD. Coleman-Mann

Sorry Doesn’t Fix ThingsM. Paulsen

Ten Pound Pommy KidS. Tyrrell

The CruiseA. Hannan

The Girl in the CornerE. Greville

The Glow in Her HandsM. Gibbs

The Mer of Treachery IslandG. Borella

The Santa WarsA. Hannan

The Space CrewsK. Campbell

The Steam Team – Art AttackJ. Kalbstein

The Watch WatchersA. Hannan

The Last ThylacineE. Whiteford

Where Strangers HideL. McDermott

Worth Fighting ForL. Pettenuzzo

Congratulations again! Look out soon for the Pitch It! Competition Shortlists!

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

Pitch It! Competition

To see all the qualifying entries please click here.

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