Coming to a consensus between different judges with differing opinions isn’t always an easy feat. But there are certain aspects of quality storytelling that are undeniable. Yes, writing a pitch is like writing a story. It needs to be engaging, evoke an emotion, and concise with each word carefully put into place. You have limited wordage, so ensuring that ‘hook’ is clear and gripping is vital to the strength of your piece. The following entrants have done a spectacular job of fulfilling our judging requirements, and we can now reveal a ‘lucky’ TOP 13!

Thanks once again to our marvellous judges, Debra Tidball, Kellie Byrnes and Dianne Bates for their amazing efforts in marking the 100 entries. The pitches are now in the hands of Emily Lighezzolo of Wombat Books / Rhiza Press… ooh, the suspense!

Congratulations to…


Amethystine Spark and the Accursed Harp by Geraldine Borella

Monster Raffle by Jenny Blackford

What Got Gary? by Claire Delahunty

Please Don’t Bring Your Python to School by Pauline Cleary

Alicorns Welcome Here by Shaye Wardrop

Goodnight Little Angler by Zoe Gaetjens

Princess Paige of Pine Creek Primary by Charlotte Barkla

There are Fleas in My Peas by Catherine Meatheringham

Toy Mountain by Stef Gemmill

Boss of the Walking School Bus by Kylie Covark

Cracklewood by Lauren Lott

PLUS our two wild cards…

Cat and Dog by Elizyotta Stein

Petal by Kate Gordon


Well done to the shortlistees! A fantastic achievement! All the best with the final round! 🙂


PRIZES include…


Pitch and accompanying manuscript forwarded to Commissioning Editor and Publicity Coordinator of Wombat Books, Emily Lighezzolo, for a publisher appraisal and edit.


The choice between a manuscript appraisal by award-winning author and editor, Dianne Bates, OR a one-year subscription to leading kidlit e-magazine, Buzz Words.

Runner Up:

A $60 Boomerang Books voucher.


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