It was so exciting to announce the Longlists for the 2023 Pitch It! Competition last week! Today, it’s such an absolute THRILL to reveal the fabulous Pitch It! SHORTLISTS! These talented writers will all receive feedback on their pitches from our hard-working judges.

The following pitches stood out to the judges for their high level of intrigue, originality, emotion and well-crafted flow, and particularly, an enticing hook upfront and a clear point of difference.

Huge thanks once again to Debra Tidball, Amelia McInerneyKate Gordon and Crystal Corocher xx

So, without further ado, here are the SHORTLISTS in each category. Congratulations to all!

Picture Book Category

A Robot RebellionF. Smyth

A Surprise for MumL. Holloway

Boo! Rah!Js. Horn

By Hook or By ChookE. Greville

Do Not SmileJs. Horn

Mooncake MissionE. Chan

Now You Know Your ABCsD. Frenkel

Rudi, the Reef ThiefA. Jobson

Shell ShoppingM. Wilson

Sneeze AdventureJ. Galatola

Stretch the Sausage Dog Aims HighS. Dodd

Junior Fiction Category

Crafty CleoR. Szrenko

Iggy Erkelstine, Fictional CompanionM. Postlethwaite

Mason and the Magic DrumM. Hunter

PortalS. Wardrop

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 EnglandA. Hannan

Middle Grade Category

Abigail Rachman and the Bush AdventureK. Canobi

Artificial evolution NetworkS. Hancy

Ethelwulf Greyangel’s Circus of LightE. Damon

Ten Pound Pommy KidS. Tyrrell

The Girl in the CornerE. Greville

The Santa WarsA. Hannan

The Space CrewsK. Campbell

The Watch WatchersA. Hannan

The Last ThylacineE. Whiteford

Where Strangers HideL. McDermott

Congratulations again! All the best with the final round!
Winners and runners up will be announced on Wednesday November 30.

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

Pitch It! Competition

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