Pitch It! Competition Shortlists 2022

It was so exciting to announce the Longlists for the 2022 Pitch It! Competition last week! Today, we are absolutely BUZZING, because we are about to reveal the fabulous Pitch It! Shortlists! These talented writers will all receive feedback on their pitches from our hard-working judges.

Although the standard across the board was phenomenal, with many entries just missing the list by a tenth of a decimal point, the following pitches stood out to the judges. They created a high level of intrigue, originality, emotion and well-crafted flow, and particularly, an enticing hook upfront and a clear point of difference.

Huge thanks once again to Debra Tidball, Stef Gemmill, Amelia McInerneyKate Gordon and Crystal Corocher xx

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

*This year, we are only announcing the Shortlists 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

Grandma Always EverywhereA. Guest

Have Your CakeJ. Horn

MEGA!L. Holloway

Mysterious MantaJ. Murphy

Tooth Fairy on StrikeM. Gim


Junior Fiction / Middle Grade Category

Book Busters E. Damon

Chalky and the ParallelsS. Tyrrell

Ella and the Amazing Frog OrchestraC. Polimeni

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

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

Weedy DandelionM. McGuinness


Congratulations again! All the best with the final round!
Winners and runners up will be announced on Wednesday November 16.

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

Pitch It! Competition – (justkidslit.com)

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