WOW! What a result! CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who tackled the enormity of writing a knock-out pitch for our 2022 Pitch It! Competition! And to elicit so much in only 150 words or less! The judges were all in agreeance – this year’s standard was extremely high; the pitches impressed with their well-crafted 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!

Our Picture Book Category tipped the scales with almost double the number of entries on last year! Nevertheless, all of the judges took on the enormous task of carefully considering and scoring the entries within their categories. HUGE thanks to these industry professionals, with whom between them offer many years of incredible experience, knowledge and merit in the children’s book industry. For our picture book category, Debra TidballStef Gemmill and Amelia McInerney. For both the junior fiction / middle grade and young adult categories, Kate Gordon and Crystal Corocher. Thank you all xx

So, the all-important LONGLISTS are finally here!

*This year, we are only announcing the Longlists for our Picture Book and Junior Fiction / Middle Grade categories. Our Young Adult winners will be announced at the final winners’ post. Thank you for your understanding.

Congratulations to…

Picture Book Category

A Hairy HolidayJ. Horn

Bear at the FairA. Burrell

Bob the Fairy L. McDermott

Brand New and 60,000 years oldC. Foster & S. Kellett

CelesteK. Miller

Chooks Can’t MeditateM. Wilson

Dazzling with DachshundsL. Harrison

Grandma Always EverywhereA. Guest

Have Your CakeJ. Horn

Lily Rose Lifeguard ExtraordinaireP. Carter

Little Ollie OnionE. Pulsford

MEGA!L. Holloway

Mud SoldierS. Hancy

My Mum has a MulletA. Toniolo

Mysterious MantaJ. Murphy

NubeS. Heron

Our Street B. Cullen

Poppy makes PocketsJ. Parker

Ruby’s Fearsome FangsE. Pulsford

Say CheeseC. Polimeni

Sing a Song of SeasonsJ. Murphy

The Big Green FibR. McGurk

The World from HereC. Polimeni

Too Many PancakesA. Burrell

Tooth Fairy on StrikeM. Gim

Junior Fiction / Middle Grade Category

Adventure JarJ. de Rose-Ahern

Book Busters E. Damon

Chalky and the ParallelsS. Tyrrell

Ella and the Amazing Frog OrchestraC. Polimeni

Flea and the Land of SmokeK. Hart

Holly Huntley is Definitely Not Going to the Cross Country FinalsR. McGurk

Invisible Girl K. Tyrrell

Once Upon a Printed PegasusD. Henley

Paisley Partridge and the Case of the Disappearing Little PenguinsW. Adams

Pick Me!K. Roberts

Rainbow Bleak’s Family TreeS. Parsons

Ten Pound Pommy KidS. Tyrrell

The Exuberant Isabella DabblerA. Lidstone

The Farm at the Edge of the UniverseO. Hibbitt

The Ferals – OutbackJ. Catalano

The Haunting of Hux HollowE. Howard

The Lost Loot of LimaM. Wray

The Mum for the JobT. Raffa-Mulligan

There’s a Goldfish in my Living RoomF. Dall’Alba

Weedy DandelionM. McGuinness

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 – (

3 thoughts to “Pitch It! Competition Longlists 2022

  • Norah

    Congratulations to all those longlisted. I’m happy to see many familiar names on the list.

    • Just Write For Kids

      Thank you, Norah! You’re a star, too! Keep up the great work! 🙂

      • Norah

        Thank you, Romi.


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