Summer Reads ’22 – ’23

Happy New Year, Just Write For Kids peeps! Well, we’re about to embark on a new year, sure to be filled with glorious new reads to warm our hearts and souls. But for now, as we spend time reflecting, re-evaluating, rejuvenating and refreshing for what’s to come, the best place to be this summer is READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition WINNERS and RUNNERS UP 2022

Just Write For Kids Australia’s fifth 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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Longlists 2022

WOW! What a result! CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who tackled the enormity of writing a knock-out pitch for our 2022 Pitch It! Competition! And to elicit so much in only 150 words or less! The judges were all in agreeance – this year’s standard was extremely high; the pitches impressed with their well-crafted elements of intrigue, READ MORE

Pitch It! Workshop

Just Write For Kids Australia are thrilled to offer Australian writers of children’s and young adult books the opportunity to present their ‘knock-out’ pitches to publishers through the annual Pitch It! Competition!* This year will be the fifth year we have organised this popular competition, and for the first time we are also allowing participants READ MORE

Learning Through Lollies at The Lolly Shop!

#thelollyshop #bookcampaign #booksontour The Lolly Shop is a wondrous and imaginative story loaded with sweet fun and excitement, and themes of bravery, teamwork, family support and creative problem solving at the heart of it. This book is full of pure joy with its wild wishes of magical powers coming true and the potential for opportunities of READ MORE

#BookReview: The Lolly Shop by Lauren, B. and E. Hackney

#thelollyshop #bookcampaign #booksontour #BookReview: The Lolly Shop (Book 1), Lauren Hackney (author), B. and E. Hackney (illus.), L. B. & E. Hackney, 2021. Blurb: Join in the magic with Bax and Ethan as they make sweetness and mayhem in their Lolly Shop. These loveable characters solve many problems with their special magic, loving and caring, READ MORE

Made with Love and a Sprinkle of Magic: Article by Lauren Hackney

#thelollyshop #bookcampaign #booksontour Article by Lauren Hackney. From the time my children were old enough to speak, I’ve loved building stories with them. I say build because of the way the stories would begin and possibly never end. My husband would work night shift and at bedtime I would push the two beds together, turn READ MORE

Sharing her Magic: Interview with Lauren Hackney

#thelollyshop #bookcampaign #booksontour It’s a treat to speak with debut author, Lauren Hackney, about her journey, with her two sons, to developing and creating the delicious new chapter book series for junior and middle grade readers; The Lolly Shop! :p Lauren, congratulations on the release of your magically imaginative and scrumptious chapter book series, The READ MORE

Your Chance to WIN The Lolly Shop is the Sweetest Thing!

#thelollyshop #bookcampaign #booksontour ***UPDATE: COMPETITION NOW CLOSED*** What’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever tasted? The Lolly Shop hits just the right spot with its ability to inspire the most inventive of imaginations in a story that is just so sweetly satisfying. Author Lauren Hackney, together with her storytelling and illustrating young sons, delight with their READ MORE