It was so exciting to announce the Longlists for the 2021 Pitch It! Competition last week! Today, we are absolutely BUZZING, because we are about to reveal the fantastic Pitch It! Shortlists! These talented writers will all receive feedback on their pitches from our hard-working judges.

The judges have noted the phenomenally high standard in pitch entries this year, in particular the originality of the concept, emotion and voice used in the pitch to reflect the manuscript, as well as the importance of an easy-to-read flow throughout the piece, an enticing hook upfront and a clear point of difference. The following pitches reflected writing like storytelling – gripping, emotive, and concise with each word carefully put into place.

Huge thanks once again to Katrina McKelveyDebra TidballStef GemmillKate Gordon and Pamela Ueckerman xx

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

Picture Book Category

Blue A. Lewis

Bunchy UndiesA. Guest

Clementine’s Cake –  L. Harrison

Daddy Short LegsD. Frenkel

Dragonfly PieL. Holloway

Harriet’s Hungry WormsS. Smith

Scribble J. Stampone

Sneaky SleevesA. Guest

The Book of Smells: Medieval A-Z –  J. Catalano

The Great Biscuit PlanL. Fletcher Hammond

Tough CookieH. Gallagher

Junior Fiction / Middle Grade Category

Druscilla Wallop Dragon Detective – H. Bidwell

Frances Tempus-Renegade Timeline Officer – B. Loveridge

In a Pickle – T. Parry

Lottie and the Littles Birthday Surprise – D. Viera

Luna Merrian – Little Librarian – H. Gannon

Searching – J. Charlton

Shadow on the Horizon – J. Charlton

Space Worms – H. Gallagher

The Aireys – M. Campbell

The Dance Party – P. Cleary

The Hairy Surprise – J. Horn

Young Adult Category

A Curiosity of Consequence – K. White

Alba – V. Croker

Dylan’s New Atlas – E. Holifield

Hamlock’s Reflection – H. Adam

Plagued Lands – N. Brooke

Portal on the Platform – B. Breen

Ruarnon Manipulator’s War – E. Carlson

The Forgotten Girls – C. Corbett-Jones

Weird Dumb Romans – M. Dodd

Who Can You Trust – D. Taylor

Well done to the shortlistees! A fantastic achievement! All the best with the final round! 
Winners and runners up will be announced on Wednesday November 10.

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

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