OMG! Can you feel the anticipation?! Last week we announced the longlists for the 2019 Pitch It! Competition, and well, that was exciting enough! Let’s get to the next level today with the fabulous shortlists! These talented writers will all receive feedback on their pitches from our hard-working judges – please expect emails within the next couple of weeks!

The judges have all noted how high the calibre of entries has been this year. Their points referred to the engaging language and voice used in the pitch to reflect the manuscript, as well as the importance of a clear flow throughout the piece and an enticing hook upfront. Judges specified how vital a proofreader’s or second person’s eye is to ensuring an error-free and grammatically-sound quality presentation. The following pitches reflected writing like storytelling – gripping, evoking an emotion, and concise with each word carefully put into place.

Huge thanks once again to Debra Tidball, Kellie Byrnes, Julie Grasso, Pamela Ueckerman, Kate Gordon and Nadia L King xx


So, without further ado, here are the SHORTLISTS for the TOP pitches. Congratulations to all!

Picture Book Category

A Very Sticky Situation – C. Morgan

Dream Battles – K. Hendriks

Duke and Snickers Make a Bucket List – A. Weller

Float or Sink? – K. Covark

Growing Wild – K. Covark

Jeffery’s Dress – J. Mullen

Mud Pie – J. Stampone

No Hat Pat – C. Fitzgerald

Shawn the Yawn – K. Talbot

The Black – S. Wardrop

The Plucky Plover – M. McGay

The Secret Life of Henrietta Penfeather – A. Byrd

You’re a Monster (But I Love You) – I. Elkner


Junior Fiction / Middle Grade Category

Dolsa Bones – R. Sharpe

Gretel’s Despair – A. Byrd

Jessica Dean – Amphibian Rising – L. McDermott

Nobots – A. Segal

Pepper’s Kitchen – K. Darell

Stella Duke and the Sandgirl’s Curse – S. Brennan

The Girl Who Saved The Future – S. Gemmill

The Grand Old Dude Named York – R. Curnow

The Light – S. Harrison

The Sketchy Time Stoppages of Steward Kay – R. Chaney

The Tooth Fairy’s Tree – L. Singh


Young Adult Category

Life Without Clouds – F. Miller-Stevens

Love. Live. Hero – S. Grantham

Moonlight – K. Sullivan-Rhodes

Ocean Blue – V. Croker

Scars of Mysticayhem – C. Richer

The Grand Old Dude Named York – R. Curnow

The Grim Wars – J. Kuppan

The Lifters – A. Hardcastle


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

Winners and runners up will be announced on Monday November 11.

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