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

Pitch It! Competition 2021 Winners Announced!

Just Write For Kids Australia’s fourth 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 2021

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 READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Longlists 2021

First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who took the leap and entered our 2021 Pitch It! Competition! The aim is to encourage writers to hone their pitches to a highly polished, well-crafted and submission-ready standard that would impress any children’s book publisher. In only 150 words or less, we gave you the challenge to deliver READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition 2021

The annual Pitch It! Competition is back for its fourth year, and the team at Just Write For Kids Australia are delighted to be able to offer a range of resources to help you on your publishing journey! Remember our competition pitch? It’s had a small upgrade… If you’re like most writers, you’re probably itching for the READ MORE

#BookReview: The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

#BookReview: The Boy from the Mish, by Gary Lonesborough (Goodreads Author), Allen and Unwin, 2021 From the publisher: ‘I don’t paint so much anymore,’ I say, looking to my feet. ‘Oh. Well, I got a boy who needs to do some art. You can help him out,’ Aunty Pam says, like I have no say READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition 2020

Well, now this is exciting! The Pitch It! Competition is back for its third year running! And the team at Just Write For Kids Australia are deliriously overjoyed to share the new developments this year! If you’re like most writers, you’re probably itching for the chance to skip the slush pile and get your manuscript READ MORE

Book Review: Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal, by Anna Whateley

Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal, Anna Whateley, Allen and Unwin, 2020 From the publisher: At sixteen, neurodivergent Peta Lyre is the success story of social training. That is, until she finds herself on a school ski trip – and falling in love with the new girl. Peta will need to decide which rules to keep, and READ MORE

Discovering More about Monelli and Me: Interview with Teena Raffa-Mulligan

#MonelliandMe #bookcampaign #booksontourpr We’re back with the fabulous Teena Raffa-Mulligan to discuss more on her latest YA novel, Monelli & Me! Have you ever wondered how an author such as Teena, who writes across genres, adapts and shifts mind set to suit writing style and target audience? Does this require careful plotting? What is the READ MORE

Book Review: Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

Deep Water, Sarah Epstein, Allen and Unwin, 2020   From the publisher: HENRY WEAVER IS MISSING Three months ago, thirteen-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy mountain bike at the train station.   MASON WEAVER IS TRAPPED While Mason doesn’t know who he is or what he’s capable READ MORE