Pitch It! Competition 2023 WINNERS Announcement

Just Write For Kids Australia’s sixth Pitch It! Competition for Australian writers of children’s and young adult books was held throughout September this year. The aim was to craft a manuscript pitch to a publisher that is focused, concise and appealing; showcasing a strength in voice, marketability and writing ability. Our judging panel meticulously analysed […]

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A Buzzi-licious Interview with the Inimitable Mr Sean E Avery

As a long-time fan of Sean E Avery‘s, I’m buzzing with glee to have the opportunity to get the inside scoop on what makes him tick (or sting?!). He quickly shot to kidlit stardom with the success of his first picture book, All Monkeys Love Bananas, then went on to win awards for his edgy, […]

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Pitch It! Competition 2023 SHORTLISTS Announcement

It was so exciting to announce the Longlists for the 2023 Pitch It! Competition last week! Today, it’s such an absolute THRILL to reveal the fabulous Pitch It! SHORTLISTS! These talented writers will all receive feedback on their pitches from our hard-working judges. The following pitches stood out to the judges for their high level of intrigue, […]

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Powerful Learning with Raine in the Underlands

Raine in the Underlands: The Lorekeepers by E M Greville is a story of a young, seemingly ordinary pre-teen suddenly thrust into a supernatural world, which begins her journey of unravelling her own identity and powers she could never have imagined. This chapter book is the first in this exciting series for middle grade lovers of fantasy, […]

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Pitch It! Competition 2023 Longlists Announcement

Every year I say it, but WOW! What fantastic entries! The standard just improves year upon year. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who put their best pitches forward for our 2023 Pitch It! Competition! Submissions were well-crafted with elements of intrigue, voice and professionalism. There was a wide range of topical and interesting concepts that obviously deliberately […]

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The Quick Six Interview with David Lawrence on Xander and the Pen

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with David Lawrence! It’s such a huge honour to welcome award-winning children’s author, Indigenous Literacy Foundation Ambassador and all-round funny man, David Lawrence to our blog to talk about the latest magical book in his Pen series; Xander and the Pen. Following the success of Ruby and the Pen, this sequel is […]

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#BOOKREVIEW: Raine in the Underlands: The Lorekeepers by E M Greville

#BookReview: Raine in the Underlands: The Lorekeepers (Book One), E M Greville (author), Shawline Publishing Group, August 2023. Blurb: Families can be tricky… Especially when you dad is missing, your mum is hiding a big secret and a strange woman – who looks oddly familiar – is trying to steal your magic from you, which […]

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The Quick Six Interview with Ashleigh Barton on Solomon Macaroni

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Ashleigh Barton! What a delight it is to welcome best-selling author Ashleigh Barton to the blog with her spooktacular middle grade novel; the second in its series – Solomon Macaroni and the Vampire Vacation. What a spine-tingling thrill, set in fang-tabulous Paris, with Solomon’s numbskull family unleashing mayhem all over the […]

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The Quick Six Interview with Ashleigh Mounser on Blair Moon

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Ashleigh Mounser! It’s such a delight to welcome talented writer and author, Ashleigh Mounser, to the blog to talk about her very ‘cool’ and supremely funny new middle grade title, Blair Moon: How to be Cooler Than the Moon. From nursing home to primary school, Blair Moon is set to trade […]

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Raine in the Underlands’ EPIC #BOOKGIVEAWAY!

Enter the Underlands to WIN this EPIC fantasy adventure! Raine in the Underlands: The Lorekeepers (Book One) is an epic, fantastical tale of friendship, self-identity and navigating destinies with a surge of magical wonder and suspense that middle grade readers will love.E M Greville creates an undeniably enchanting world and a relatable, admirable character in Raine – this […]

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