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! Competition 2022

The annual Pitch It! Competition is back for its fifth year, and the team at Just Write For Kids Australia are ecstatic to be able to offer a range of resources and opportunities to help you on your publishing journey! Think about this… your pitch is often your first point of contact with your chosen publisher. This READ MORE

Show and Tell with Kaye Baillie

It’s been a big year for children’s author Kaye Baillie. She has recently released not one, but two picture books into the world! In this interview she tells us about her new books and shares with us a wealth of industry experience that spans years writing for the educational and trade market. Kaye has generously READ MORE

#BookReview: The Other Brother by Penny Jaye and Heidi Cooper Smith

#BookReview: The Other Brother, Penny Jaye (author), Heidi Cooper Smith (illus.), Wombat Books, February 2020. Blurb: Jayden James thought his family of five was perfect – until last Wednesday when Mitchell David arrived. Now the car’s too small, picnics are ruined and no one’s paying attention to Jayden anymore. Jayden knows something needs to be READ MORE

The JWFK Members’ Top Picks of 2019!

Last year I decided that for me to pick only a handful of favourite children’s books would be a little self-indulgent, and to be honest, way too difficult with the insurmountable amount of quality books released in Australia each year. So, I drew upon the brains trust of the Just Write For Kids author and READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Winners 2019

Just Write For Kids Australia held its second annual writing competition for Australian writers of children’s literature throughout September this year. The aim was to forward a pitch for a manuscript to a publisher that is focused, concise and appealing; showcasing a strength in voice, marketability and writing ability. Our judging panel meticulously analysed each READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Longlists 2019

Wowsers! What a task the Pitch It! Competition team have had this year! This is the second year of running the competition and we are absolutely delighted with its increased reach, enthusiasm and support from the kidlit community. Thank you to everyone who put in the time and effort to enter their pitches! Our team READ MORE

SPECIAL Competition News!

Hey, Pitch It! folks! We are fully underway with our second annual Pitch It! Competition for Australian children’s writers, and wow, the entries are certainly impressive so far! Well done! Today’s SPECIAL COMPETITION NEWS serves as an encouraging piece of inspiration that by taking a chance, having the initiative and putting your best self forward READ MORE