First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who took the leap and entered our 2021 Pitch It! Competition! The aim is to encourage writers to hone their pitches to a highly polished, well-crafted and submission-ready standard that would impress any children’s book publisher. In only 150 words or less, we gave you the challenge to deliver a pitch with the elements of charisma, intrigue and professionalism… and once again, the judges certainly weren’t disappointed. What a stellar group of entries we received for our fourth consecutive year of running this competition!

With a combined total of almost 200 entries, our team of judges took on the enormous task of carefully considering and scoring the entries within their categories. HUGE thanks to these professional authors, with whom between them offer many years of incredible experience, knowledge and merit in the children’s book industry. For our picture book category, Katrina McKelveyDebra Tidball and Stef Gemmill. For both the junior fiction / middle grade and young adult categories, Kate Gordon and Pamela Ueckerman. Thank you all x

So, the all-important LONGLISTS are finally here! For each of the three categories, congratulations to…

Picture Book Category

A Totally Normal Alphabet BookN. Campbell-Ellis

Applause for Mrs ClausR. Price

Blue A. Lewis

Bubble TimeA. Keir-Stanley

Bunchy UndiesA. Guest

Bundle of SunshineS. Heron

Clementine’s CakeL. Harrison

Clever EricK. Fleming

Daddy Short LegsD. Frenkel

Dragonfly PieL. Holloway

Harriet’s Hungry WormsS. Smith

History Henny – Petroglyph ProjectJ. Catalano

I Will Not Go To BedK. Covark

Iris the IbisM. Polley

Monster WeekK. Fleming

Scribble J. Stampone

Sneaky Sleeves A. Guest

Star DogJ. Stampone

Stone N. Jackson

The Book of Smells: Medieval A-ZJ. Catalano

The Girl on the MoonV. Marmaras

The Great Biscuit PlanL. Fletcher Hammond

Tough CookieH. Gallagher

Junior Fiction / Middle Grade Category

Astronautin S. Hancy

Burnt ToastM. Lackner

Druscilla Wallop Dragon DetectiveH. Bidwell

Frances Tempus-Renegade Timeline OfficerB. Loveridge

In a PickleT. Parry

Lottie and the Littles Birthday SurpriseD. Viera

Luna Merrian – Little LibrarianH. Gannon

Nobots A. Segal

Searching J. Charlton

Shadow on the HorizonJ. Charlton

Space WormsH. Gallagher

Sparrow Wilder is GROUNDEDA. Weller

Taking Back SchoolE. Carlson

The AireysM. Campbell

The Big Book of Little MiceM. Smith

The Cumulus Island ChallengeD. Huff-Horwood

The Dance Party P. Cleary

The Farm at the Edge of the UniverseO. Hibbitt

The Hairy Surprise J. Horn

The Missing Ingredient MysteryD. Williams

Weedy DandelionM. Smith

Young Adult Category

A Curiosity of ConsequenceK. White

Alba V. Croker

Dylan’s New AtlasE. Holifield

Hamlock’s ReflectionH. Adam

Panopticon K. Covark

Plagued LandsN. Brooke

Portal on the PlatformB. Breen

Ruarnon Manipulator’s WarE. Carlson

Sad R. McCrae

Stain R. McCrae

Summer ChangeM. Wray

The Corporeal FlairH. Adam

The Forgotten GirlsC. Corbett-Jones

The Silver BirchD. Elliott

Weird Dumb RomansM. Dodd

Who Can You TrustD. Taylor

Congratulations again! Look out soon for the Pitch It! Competition Shortlist! 🙂

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

Pitch It! Competition – (

One thought to “Pitch It! Competition Longlists 2021”

  • Norah

    Congratulations everyone!


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