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PASS IT ON

Australia's Children's Book Industry E-zine since 2004
Hi everyone. Apologies for PIO being a day late. Master 16 managed to break a bone in his hand (skateboarding, not fighting!) so we spent yesterday sitting in the hospital awaiting surgery to be sent home and told to come back on Wednesday. On a brighter note Rex (my staffy) appears to have fully recovered from his tiger snake bite so hopefully that will be it for now. Too much excitement altogether. Thanks for your patience.
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ILLUSTRATION OF THE WEEK
 
Where an illustrator shares their methods for creating an illustration.

Scroll down to the "Illustrator of the Week" section to see who created this one.

And to view past featured illustrators go here
 
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JACKIE'S HATS
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Congratulations!

Nadine Cranenburgh is very happy that her poems are traveling the world, although she wishes they'd take her with them! Her poem Jumping on the Bed was published in the March Issue of SPIDER magazine (Cricket Media, US) and another poem, The Gift, appeared in the latest issue of the BALLOON LIT. JOURNAL (Hong Kong). You can read The Gift and the rest of this lovely literary journal for young people here: http://www.balloons-lit-journal.com/issue-5.html

  • 10 PUBLISHERS ADDED
 
  • LINKS LEAD DIRECTLY TO THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES PAGE
 
  • CONTENT CURRENT @ MARCH 2017
 
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BOOK/BLOG LAUNCHES
LITERATURE FESTIVALS

CELEBRATING THE CREATORS

You're invited to the very first Fitzroy Children's Literature Festival! 


22 April 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
 
Fitzroy Town Hall
201 Napier Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065
Joining us will be the following extraordinary book creators:

Sally Rippin
Jacquie Harvey
Leigh Hobbs
Anna Walker
Elise Hurst
Heath McKenzie
Kim Kane
Davina Bell
Hazel Edwards
Jessica Walton
Gabrielle Wang
Oliver Phommavanh
Ozge Sevindik Alkan and more talented folk to be confirmed.

+ roving performers + face painting + story telling sessions in the magical
The Story Peddlers + publishers showcase + and a pop-up version of The Little Bookroom!

Brilliant work
Yarra Libraries and Yarra City Council - bringing together a community of young readers!

Check out the website for specific sessions and times.
http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/libraries/fitzroy-childrens-literature-festival/
 
Hello everyone.  

So excited that bookings for the 12th CYA Conference opened this week!!!! (Doing careful wheel spins in my chair!)

CYA Conference will be on: 1st July 2017

Where: TAFE Queensland Brisbane - South Bank Campus, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane. 

The conference is aimed as professional development for new and established writers and illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult literature. Master classes and workshops will be conducted by Felicity Vallence, Jacqueline Harvey, Jackie French, Nadine Bates, Natalie Hatch, Phil Kettle, and Shaun Tan(via Skype). 
Our CYA success stories once again show cased that CYA Conference is making a difference in aspiring authors and illustrators in helping them on their road to publication.

On site editors include: Ann-Marie Finn - Yellow Brick Books, Clair Hume - Affirm Press, Clare Hallifax, Scholastic, Kate Stevens (Hachette), Katrina Lehman - Penguin, Kristina Schulz - UQP, Kristy Bushnell - UQP, Lisa Berryman - HarperCollins, Marisa Pintado - Hardie Grant Egmont, Rochelle Manners - Wombat Books & Rhiza Press, Suzanne O’Sullivan - Hachette. Agents on site: Alex Adsett, Alex Adsett Publishing Services, Grace Heifetz - Curtis Brown, Australia, and Jill Cocoran, Jill Cocoran Literacy Agency, USA (via Skype) and Self Publishing: Tadaa Children’s Booksmith.

Why not start at the 2017 Conference events page and work from there to see the 2017 program.

Hotel Bookings
Details of the hotel we're staying at this year can be found on the Hotels & Travel page of our website. There are a limited number of available so it you need a place to stay it would be best to book as soon as you can.

CYA later!
Tina and the CYA Conference team!  
 
SPECIAL EVENTS

Giving Women Writers A Voice since 1925



KEYNOTE SPEAKER - April 12th


Beth Yahp - The Trouble with Telling Tales: Memoir and Truth 
One starts a memoir either in foolhardy ignorance or a kind of dogged determination, but some questions keep cropping up. Is your life yours to tell, or does it also belong to everyone in it? Who has the right to tell, to force into words something as ephemeral and brimful as a life lived? Does one anticipate and deal with the fallout of telling ‘true’ tales – as  memoirs should – not only in the family but on a national level? Is it a free-for-all in a time of fake news and alternative facts? 
Beth Yahp shares her experience of writing her ‘fictional memoir’ Eat First, Talk Later, which traces the love story of her parentsin Malaysia from childhood during the Japanese Occupation to the Communist Emergency, Independence and Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trials and Reformasi movement. In it, official ‘facts’ contend with counterfactual histories and what-really-happened with what it felt like. Which is ‘true’? Is memoir, Beth wonders, open to invention: filled with stories we tell ourselves and others in order to survive?
 
GUEST SPEAKER - APRIL
 
Pam Bayfield - Why I loved writing Historical fiction
Pam Bayfield is a self published author who has written 12 books over 15 years. Her first one was a faction (fiction based on fact), followed by her autobiography, and four biographies have been fitted in and around her other writing. Her first fiction, Silver Dreams, was about the story of Broken Hill. One was about her bilateral knee operation, followed by a hard-covered book A Leading Lady about her actress aunt. Pam’s first historical novel was For the Love of Grace, set in the 1850s and beyond in old Sydney Town and Manly. The sequel came out in 2016 and the last one in the trilogy, For the Love of Grace - the Next Generation, is to be launched at the War Vets in April. It covers the First World War, the 20s, 30s and up to the Second World War. Writing has played a big part in Pam's life and she has sold most of her books through book launches and talks. Pam has been the President of the Society of Women Writers and then the Treasurer.

 
WORKSHOP - APRIL
 
Beth Yahp  -  Bringing the World to Life
What brings a place to life in a reader’s mind? How do we translate our experiences of real or remembered places intomemorable sites a reader may step into? In this interactive writing workshop participants take an imaginary tour, do writing exercises to make things new, and share tips and tricks to bring the world to life on the page.
Beth Yahp was born in Malaysia. Her award-winning novel The Crocodile Fury was published in several languages, and she wrote the libretto for Liza Lim’s contemporary opera Moon Spirit Feasting, which won an APRA award in 2002. Beth has edited or co-edited collections of stories and essays. Her memoir Eat First, Talk Later was published by Penguin Random House in 2015. The Red Pearl and Other Stories and a new edition of The Crocodile Fury, are due with Vagabond Press in 2017. Beth runs writing workshops and lectures in the Creative Writing program at the University of Sydney.

The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc. welcomes newcomers to our monthly Literary Luncheon on the second Wednesday of each month.

Venue:  Dixson room, State Library of NSW

When:     April 12, 2017

Time:  10:00am -11:50am Workshop
12:00 noon to 2:30pm Literary lunch with keynote and guest speaker presentations.

Cost:  Workshop $30.00 for members or $35 non-members.
Literary Lunch $45.00 members or $50.00 non-members.

Bookings are required by 10:00am on the Monday before the meeting—please book by email if you have access to a computer. 
Email: <swwlunchbooking@gmail.com> Subject: SWW Lunch Booking.  

SMS Bookings: Alternatively, text your booking to 0403 177 208. Your message should be addressed to swwlunchbooking or swwlunch and should contain Luncheon date, your name and your mobile number.
Creativity & Importance of the Arts


https://www.artslearningfestival.org.au/festival-ambassadors/


Hazel Edwards and John Marsden are Ambassadors for The Arts Learning Festival


Hazel will be giving a keynote  on ' Creativity is the Fun & Skill  of Putting Together Unexpected Ideas' at Immigration Museum, on Weds May 3rd  at 4.30-6pm.

Appropriate for parents & educators.
Sunday 9th July:

Book signing with Dimity Powell for  “The Fix-It Man" - EK Books. 2017.
Under the Greenwood Tree
92 Main Western Road North Tamborine Q 4272
Tel 5545 4448 and 0424 586 066   

Celebrate Reading National Conference
 
Don't miss this! Join us from 27-28 October for two days of inspiration and insights at our 2017 Celebrate Reading National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

With a primary school focus, see this exciting line-up of Australian authors/illustrators: Jeannie Baker, Leigh Hobbs, Anna Fienberg, Mark Wilson, Glenda Millard, Gus Gordon, Meg McKinlay and Kyle Hughes-Odgers.

No concurrents, so you see all the action.

Registrations Now Open!http://www.celebratereading.org.au/

 
OPPORTUNITIES

 
CYA Conference

Big News Day! 

Hello all writers and illustrators.  

Agents and Editors bookings for the 2017 Conference.

The bookings for the first group of editor sessions open!
The registration for this year’s sessions is different in that you are able to pre-select your preferred time slots. So if you're having multiple sessions and want them back to back it's up to you to make it happen.
Bookings are open for the following:
   
Editors:
  • Clair Hume (Affirm)
  • Clare Hallifax (Scholastic)
  • Kate Stevens  (Hachette)
  • Katrina Leham (Penguin)
  • Kristina Schulz (UQP)
  • Kristy Bushnell (UQP)
  • Lisa Berryman (HarperCollins)
  • Marisa Pintado (Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Rochelle Manners (Wombat
  • Suzanne O'Sullivan (Hachette)
  • Maryann Ballantyne (Black Dog Books)
  • Simone Calderwood (Cengage Learning Aust)
Free one-on-one sessions with Tadaa Books.

Agents:
  • Alex Adsett (Alex Adsett Publishing Service)
  • Jill Corcoran (Jill Cororan Literacy Agency USAVIA SKYPE ONLY
  • More to come soon.
 
Cost of Editor/Agent Appointments: 

Cost: $100.00 exc GST ($110 inc GST) - PayPal/credit card only. No cash or cheques.

And those Friday sessions?

We’re running a poll to see how many of you would be interested in Friday sessions with the Editors and Agents. If you haven't given your opinion yet and would like to please click on this link. It’s anonymous and just asks Yes/No/Maybe. It only takes a few seconds to complete. We will keep the voting going for another week and then if there is enough interest, see who is available from the onsite professionals.

This year's program

We’re in the final stages of setting up this year’s program and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do. We will send out another newsletter once the program is ready for distribution.

Competition close date

We’re just 2 months away from the competition close date so get cracking on stories and illustrations if you’re entering this year. The end of April will be here before you know it.
If you have any questions about the rules please send us an email at info@cyaconference.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Updating your profile

We want to start making our mail outs a little more targeted with the information we send you to keep the emails relevant to your interests so if you'd like to take a few minutes to update your profile details please click on this link
Well that’s about it for this week. Hope to see you at the CYA Conference and look forward to reading all the brilliant entries and receiving those wonderful illustrations in this year’s competition.

CYA later!
Tina and the CYA Conference team!
 
PUBLISHER GUIDELINES
MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS

What we’re looking for

We always like to read picture book texts with energy and originality and a strong story with a beginning and a middle and an end. Please note we do not publish educational books or didactic books.

We also enjoy reading novels for 7- to 12-year-olds. We are looking for strong plot and voice, and love humour.

Submission guidelines

We accept submissions if you are previously published, if your work is recommended to us by an agent, manuscript assessor or book industry contact, or if you have relevant professional writing or illustration experience.

Submission instructions

Please submit your manuscripts typed, double-spaced, with a wide margin. All pages should be numbered.

Illustrators may send a link to a portfolio, but we do not accept emailed manuscript submissions.

Your manuscript should be accompanied by:

1. A cover letter

2. A list of any previous work you have had published and some background information about yourself.

3. If appropriate, samples of illustrations (not originals).

4. Self-addressed pre-paid packaging, if you wish to have your material returned. If you do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope, your manuscript will be destroyed.

Please note that Gecko Press does not carry insurance for submitted manuscripts, so always keep a copy of your work.

Post manuscripts to:

Editor
Gecko Press
PO Box 9335
Wellington 6141
New Zealand

What happens next?

We will post you an acknowledgement within ten days of receiving your submission.
While we do our best to respond within 16 weeks, circumstances may sometimes result in a longer response period.

We do not offer feedback on unsuccessful submissions—this is because our feedback would be by necessity shallow and therefore not helpful. For a full assessment try the NZAMA (New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors).

COMPETITIONS & AWARDS



THE SECRET DOOR
 
2017 Competition for Australian Children’s and YA Writers
 
The not-for-profit competition, The Secret Door, supports families affected by domestic violence.
The 2017 competition focus is on a compelling first line or sentence with the winner receiving a book pack written by Australian authors.
 
 
Opens: 15 April 2017

Closes: 15 July 2017

Email entries only

Eligibility: Open to Australian aspiring and indie/self published writers

There are three categories:

Picture book (0-8 year olds) completed manuscript.

Middle Fiction (8-12 year olds) first chapter.

Young Adult (13-18 year olds) first chapter.

Entry fee: $15.00

Prizes: Every entry receives feedback. Each first placegetter receives return of entry fee plus optional opportunity to resubmit their updated entry one month after receiving their feedback to be published on The Secret Door website, helping the authors to gain exposure.

Conditions: see submission guidelines on The Secret Door website.

Enquires: Website: Facebook:

CYA Conference

Writing and Illustrating Competition

For more info and entry forms please visit http://www.cyaconference.com/program/competition/
CYA Conference is pleased to announce that the 2017 unpublished sections for Writing and Illustrating in the CYA Competitions are now open…
 
Aspiring (Unpublished) & Hatchling Entrants:
Opens: 9th January 2017
Closes: 30th April 2017
Entry FeeCYA Conference is pleased to announce that the 2017 unpublished sections for Writing and Illustrating in the CYA Competitions are now open…
 
Aspiring (Unpublished) & Hatchling Entrants:
Opens: 9th January 2017
Closes: 30th April 2017
Entry Fee:
     Aspiring (Unpublished):            AUS$ 20.50 including GST
     Hatchlings (8 – 18yrs):              AUS$ 13.60 including GST
 
Published:
Opens: 23rd January 2017
Closes: 30th April 2017
 Entry Fee:
       Published:                              AUS$ 38.30 including GST
The Final Judge for this section is: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia.
 
Categories:
Aspiring:
1.    Picture Book – preschool aged children.
2.    Picture Book – primary aged children.
3.    Picture Book Non-Fiction – primary aged children.
4.    Chapter Book – a) younger primary aged children 
5.     Chapter Book - b) older aged children (Middle Grade.)
6.    Young Adults.
7.     Graphic novels, illustrated picture books and Middle Grade illustrated novels.
8.      Illustrations.
 
Hatchlings:
1.     Picture Books preschool and primary aged children.
2.     Chapter book and Young adult.
3.     Graphic novels, illustrated picture books and Middle Grade illustrated novels.
 
Published:
1.     Picture Books
2.     Novels
3.     Illustrations
 
Prize for each section: 
Aspiring (Unpublished) Writing & Illustrating: $100.00 per category, and submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of children’s books.
Published Authors and illustrators: Critique of winning entry by Final Judge to be advised, and a face to face editor/agent appointment at conference with industry professional of their choice attending for writing (both sections only 1 winner) and illustrating. 
Hatchlings: $100.00 per category, and submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of children’s books.
 
 
Good luck to everyone!
 
CYA later!
Tina and the CYA Conference team!
:
     Aspiring (Unpublished):            AUS$ 20.50 including GST
     Hatchlings (8 – 18yrs):              AUS$ 13.60 including GST
 
Published:
Opens: 23rd January 2017
Closes: 30th April 2017
 Entry Fee:
       Published:                              AUS$ 38.30 including GST
Final Judge for Published Author still to be advised on opening of competition.
 
Categories:
Aspiring:
1.    Picture Book – preschool aged children.
2.    Picture Book – primary aged children.
3.    Picture Book Non Fiction – primary aged children.
4.    Chapter Book – a) younger primary aged children 
5.     Chapter Book - b) older aged children (Middle Grade.)
6.    Young Adults.
7.     Graphic novels, illustrated picture books and Middle Grade illustrated novels.
8.      Illustrations.
 
Hatchlings:
1.     Picture Books preschool and primary aged children.
2.     Chapter book and Young adult.
3.     Graphic novels, illustrated picture books and Middle Grade illustrated novels.
 
Published:
1.     Picture Books
2.     Novels
3.     Illustrations
 
Prize for each section: 
Aspiring (Unpublished) Writing & Illustrating: $100.00 per category, and submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of children’s books.
Published Authors and illustrators: Critique of winning entry by Final Judge to be advised, and a face to face editor/agent appointment at conference with industry professional of their choice attending for writing (both sections only 1 winner) and illustrating. 
Hatchlings: $100.00 per category, and submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of children’s books.
 
 
Good luck to everyone!
 
CYA later!
Tina and the CYA Conference team!
Magic, Mystery or Skateboards

Competition (Authors)


Sponsored by Faber Writing Academy
Our themed competitions continue to grow in popularity. This year’s competition offers you three – Magic, Mystery or Skateboards. You need only to choose one, and we encourage you to let your imagination run wild with potential story lines. Our judges love humour, twists and turns and the extremely entertaining. Your submission should be no more than 650 words and be suitable for children between 3 - 12.
All entrants in our Magic, Mystery or Skateboards competition will receive a feedback sheet.
Opens: 1 February 2017 

Closes: 30 April 2017 at 11.59pm (Entries received after 30 April 2017 will not be accepted.)

Winners will be announced on the Creative Kids Tales website on 1 July 2017 and all prizes will be distributed by 31 July 2017.

Prizes:
  1st Prize - Will receive a $295 Faber Writing Academy voucher to be redeemed at one of their writing courses in either Sydney or Melbourne – valid for 12 months from 1st July 2017*.
($295 covers the cost of a 1 day course (incl GST) or you can use it towards the cost of a longer Faber Academy course) faberwritingacademy.com.au
  2nd Prize - Will receive a detailed critique of their entry through the Creative Kids Tales Manuscript Assessment service. Value $125
  3rd Prize - Will receive a $50 book pack and one year membership with Creative Kids Tales.

All other entrants will receive a feedback sheet. The winners entries will be displayed on the Creative Kids Tales website.

Conditions of Entry:
Submissions must be original work by the addressee only. Your entry must not have been accepted for publication (in print or online) or won a prize in any other competition at time of submission.
Entries by Australian residents aged between 18 - 110 years old. Your story must appeal to children aged between 3 - 12 years of age.
650 word limit (entries over this limit will be disqualified without further correspondence). Picture book entries accepted.
No illustrations or illustration notes to be included.
Entry Fee: $20 (please see payment options below) If paying by PayPal please include an additional $1 for the PayPal processing fee eg $21.

Guidelines:
Cover page with full contact details including word count.
Proof of payment.
All pages to be numbered in the footer, bottom right. Eg. 1 of 2 pages etc. (Do not include entrants name in the footer)
The manuscript must be submitted in 12 point Times New Roman font with left justification, double-spaced with an indent to indicate new paragraphs.
Please ensure there is a 3cm margin at the top, bottom, left and right of each page.
Entry to be submitted in English with correct spelling and grammar.
The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Entries will be accepted via email only. Please email entries to competition@creativekidstales.com.au before 30th April 2017.
* Travel to and from Faber Academy in Sydney or Melbourne will be the responsibility of the winner. Creative Kids Tales is not liable for any travel or accommodation costs incurred.

Payment Options:
PayPal account: georgie@creativekidstales.com.au
(If paying by PayPal please include an additional $1 for the PayPal processing fee. Eg $21 )
OR
Direct deposit St George Bank
Account name CZ Donaghey
BSB 112 879
Account number 057 430 829
You can enter as many times as you like. Good luck!
About Faber Writing Academy
Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin is an exciting writing programme offering a range of courses from one-day workshops to longer courses devised by the foremost practitioners in their fields.
Since launching its first course at Shakespeare & Co bookshop in Paris in 2008, Faber Academy has tutored more than 1500 students in courses ranging from one-day workshops such as Getting Published to longer courses including our popular program Writing a Novel.

Faber Academy was established by iconic London publishing house Faber and Faber to provide high quality, practical creative writing courses that draw participants into the epicentre of the book publishing world. The writing courses are devised and run by leading figures in contemporary publishing. To date, Faber Academy has given the opportunity for writers to benefit first-hand from authors such as Jeanette Winterson, Louise Doughty, Blake Morrison, Helen Dunmore, Margaret Atwood, Miriam Toews, Kathryn Heyman, James Bradley, Patti Miller, Sebastian Barry and Hanif Kureishi.

In 2010, Faber Academy found a natural home with Australia's award-winning publisher Allen & Unwin, and courses are offered in Sydney and Melbourne.



Happy writing!
 
Georgie Donaghey
 



Prizes

1st Prize:   $200 
2nd Prize:   $150
3rd Prize:   $75


Conditions of Entry: 
·    
Original picture book manuscripts only. Must not have been accepted for publication or have won a prize in 
       any other competition at time of submission.
·      500 word limit (entries over this limit will be disqualified)
·      No illustrations to be included.
·      Open theme


Submission Guidelines:
·      Entries must be in English.
·      Entries must be typed, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, Courier or Verdana font.
·      The header should contain the Title, Word Count and Page Number.
·      Microsoft Word or PDF documents only for email submissions.
·      Entries must be accompanied by a cover page that includes the Title, Word Count, Author’s Name, Email, Address and Phone Number.
·      The entrant’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, only on the accompanying cover page.

Email Entries:
·      Must consist of 3 separate documents: the manuscript, the cover page and proof of payment. 
.      Email entries must be paid by direct debit. $12 per entry.
·      Please put Picture Book Manuscript Competition as the subject of the email.
·      Email entries are to be sent to shirefestivalcomp@gmail.com.

Postal Entries:
·      Must consist of the manuscript, the cover page, payment or proof of payment.
·      May be paid via direct debit, bank cheque or money order. $14 per entry to cover extra admin costs.
·      Postal entries are to be addressed to:
                                    Picture Book Writing Competition
                                    43 Jellicoe Street
                                    Caringbah NSW 2229

Payment Information:
·       Direct Debit:
                           BSB: 032-059
                           Account No. 227994
                           Name: Fellowship of Australian Writers

·      Bank Cheque / Money Order to be made out to Fellowship of Australian Writers.

Judging and Notification:
·      Shortlisted Entrants will be notified by email on Monday 3rd July 2017.
·      The Shortlist will also be announced in Pass It On and Buzz Words.
·      Winners will be announced and Prizes Awarded by our judges: Zoe Walton (Penguin Random House Australia) and Sue Whiting                (Children's Author, Editor) at the 8th Annual Writers Unleashed Festival on Saturday 19th August 2017.
·      Any prizewinners who cannot attend the festival will have their prizes forwarded to them in the mail.

Worchester Illustration are happy to announce the launch of the latest
Picture This! Illustration Competition. The details can be seen on the image below and the illustration is by the wonderful Mark Janssen.
https://worcesterillustration.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/picture-this-2017/

 
Hardie Grant Egmont announces dates for 2017 Ampersand Prize

Hardie Grant Egmont is excited to announce that the 2017 Ampersand Prize will open for submissions in July, with submissions now accepted over three weeks instead of two.

Open from Monday 10th July to Friday 28th July 2017, the Ampersand Prize will be accepting submissions from debut writers of young adult and middle-grade fiction. 

Writers must be previously unpublished in these age categories and may submit one manuscript for a full-length novel for either readership. The winner will be announced in October 2017 and will receive an advance against royalties, a standard publishing contract, and full editorial development to bring their book to market.

Established in 2012 by Hardie Grant Egmont, the Ampersand Prize is the premier award for debut novelists in Australia and New Zealand. It has launched the careers of a number of commercially successful and award-winning writers, including Melissa Keil (Life in Outer Space, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Science of Magic) and Erin Gough (The Flywheel).    

Last year's winner Rhiannon Williams, was the first middle-grade winner of the Prize.    

2015 Prize-winner Cally Black will release her debut novel In the Dark Spaces in August 2017 and last year’s winner Rhiannon Williams was awarded the prize for her debut fantasy adventure for middle-grade readers, Little Ott Colter (coming 2018).    

For more information on the 2017 entry process and submission guidelines visit the Ampersand Prize page on the Hardie Grant Egmont website.

For further information about Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize, please email ampersand@hardiegrant.com.au before the submission close date (Friday 28th July 2017).

 
COURSES & WORKSHOPS
Click here for more information on course dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Online


Plot & Structure
with
Sophie Cunningham

Saturday 22 April 2017

 

  • Learn the different types of plot
  • do you really need one?
  • how to find the right structure for your novel

Learn inside Allen & Unwin’s publishing house

East Melbourne

For full details visit our website and select Melbourne courses or call 02 8425 0171
 
www.faberwritingacademy.com.au


Transform your Character course

with Fight Club movie script developer & producer

Ross Grayson Bell

Senior Judge of the NSW Premier's Literary Awards
Seeing fictional characters we care about undergo a transformation is one of the key elements of great storytelling. So how do we create characters that a reader/audience will care about? How do we compel those characters to change, creating the drama needed to engage the reader/audience? Learn this and more on:

Saturday 29 April 2017
10–4pm
Learn inside Allen & Unwin’s publishing house

Sydney
For full details visit our website and select Sydney courses or call 02 8425 0171
 
www.faberwritingacademy.com.au

 


 

 
ILLUSTRATOR OF THE WEEK

Julie Toffolo
Please describe your chosen illustration. Is it a personal piece or is it for a particular project?
 
My artwork was for an exhibition that I was part of but had to pull out of due to other circumstances.  So, I continued with finishing my ‘Fishbowl Café’ anyway.
 
 
How long have you been illustrating? How old were you when you started?
 
I have been drawing since I was a child.
 
 
Have you ever been paid for your work? What was the first piece you were paid for?
 
Yes I have taken on commission work and have sold my artwork online and in my local community.
 
Did you study art beyond high school?
 
I studied a Diploma of illustration and cartooning. And I have studied over the years with some well established artists.
 
 
What type of classes did you enjoy the most?
 
I really enjoy the illustration classes.
 
 
What made you decide you wanted to illustrate for children?
 
After I had my boys, I was very interested in the whole arena of childhood.  The drawings, books and words were captivating me as we’d hunt down new books at our Library.
 
 
How do you find illustration work?
 
I love illustrating as it lets me tell a story which I feel more with than working on a piece of fine art.  My imagination just runs about freely.
 
 
Do you have an agent that represents you? If so, how long you have been with them? If not would you like to find representation?
 
No.
 
 
Have you illustrated a picture book, yet? (please send pics of covers and I’ll include them)
 
Not yet.
 
 
Have you done illustrations for any children’s magazines? Which ones?
 
Not yet.
 
 
Have you worked with educational publishers? If so, which ones?
 
Not yet.
 
 
What materials do you use to paint your illustrations?
 
Gouache, Copic markers, Oil pastels, Watercolour pencils.
 
 
What is the one thing in your studio that you could not live without?
 
My Copic markers.
 
 
How much time do you spend illustrating?
 
As many hours a week that I can find.  Fulltime if I could.
 
 
Do you exhibit your work?
 
Yes, a few times a year.
 
 
Has the Internet been helpful for you?
 
Most definitely.
 
 
Do you use much technology with your illustrations? Computer programmes or drawing tablets?
 
The only technology I may use is the Photoshop Elements 13.  It just gives me enough tools to refine if I need to.
 
 
What are you working on now?
 
I am working on an oil painting which is of a pop art style.  It is centred arounds layers of a beautiful girl’s life.
 
 
Do you have any tips you can share with us? Example: Paint or paper that you love – the best place to buy – a new product that you’ve tried – A how to tip, etc.
 
I only use the bleed proof paper (good quality one) with my Copic markers.  This will provide a seamless finish and can even look a little digitally finished.  I love this as it lets me produce original artwork with that finished look.
I buy all of my art supplies at Victorian Artist Supplies in Eltham Victoria.  They are in a mud brick house (which is common in our area) and when the fire is roaring during winter it is like entering a Christmas shop for me.  So much colour and materials to touch and sample.  The staff are so knowledgeable on the products and make suggestions often to help us artists.
 
 
Where you can find me…
 
My website.
https://julietoffolo.com/
 
My Instagram.
https://www.instagram.com/julie.toffolo
 
My Facebook page.

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Nadine Cranenburgh
 
When did you know that you were a writer?
 
I’ve always known I was a writer, but never really thought about asking anyone to publish anything I’d written until I started studying the Professional Writing and Editing Course at RMIT about ten years ago.
 
When did you first read your writing aloud or give it to someone to read and what was their reaction? How did it impact on you?
 
My mum foolishly encouraged me to write by telling me that my early childhood attempts at poetry and stories were wonderful. I suspect she thought writing would keep me out of trouble. It hasn’t!

What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?
 
I won runner-up in the Percival Pea writing competition when I was five, with a thrilling adventure tale involving a kitten and a lot of mess. I was really happy – I still have the colouring book I got as a prize.
 
Now, every acceptance is exciting, especially when it is with an overseas publication.
 
What is your favourite genre to write? Why?
 
I love writing fiction and poetry for children and young adults, I don’t think I’ve really grown much older than fifteen on the inside, though sometimes I have to play grown up on the outside. My favourite thing lately is to mix humour with darker emotional topics –it’s such a tricky dance to learn. I’m also a big fan of rhyming poetry, though I write it less than I used to.


Did/do you have any writing heroes or mentors?
 
Last year, I was very fortunate to win an Australian Society of Authors/Copyright Agency Limited mentorship with children’s publishing legend Helen Chamberlin to develop my hybrid graphic novel manuscript for young adults, Darkroom: Do Not Enter.
 

How do they encourage you?

Helen was gentle, generous and completely spot-on with the feedback she gave me. I asked her to set me deadlines, and in twelve months my manuscript blossomed from a very scrappy first draft to a polished third draft, which I am now revising to submit to publishers. Without her encouragement and advice, it would have taken much longer to get this far.


Do you write full time?

Although I can’t afford to do creative writing full time, all of my work is now writing-related. I tutor university students in writing and take on freelance jobs of many shapes and sizes to help pay the bills.


Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has been great for opportunities like the mentorship I mentioned earlier, and I’m also on their register for Authors in Schools. I have been going to meetings of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for quite a few years (it’s my creative recharge) and have recently become an official member with them too.

 
Do you participate in writing workshops as a student? Which ones were memorable?

I’m a workshop addict. I go to as many as I can afford, and I always learn something new. Most recently, I attended a workshop about writing synopses and pitching to publishers, with publisher and literary agent Melanie Ostell. The skills and confidence I gained have been immensely helpful at this point in my writing career, and I also met a great new bunch of fellow writers.

 
Do you run writing workshops? What do you include?

I’ve run writing workshops and courses for kindergartens through to universities. I introduce literature that piques the interests of the audience, run practical writing exercises (or oral rhyming and collaborative storytelling for the littlies), and send my participants outside to do field work. I love encouraging writers of all ages to take inspiration from the world around them. Once they start, they can’t stop!
 

How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?
 
You can contact me though my blog: nadinecranenburgh.blogspot.com.au
 

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?


 A wise person once told me that if you want to get published, make sure you have at least ten active submissions at a time, so that you always have hope when the rejection letters roll in. That wise person was you, Jackie, and it is great advice.

How might people find you? Website, Blog, Facebook etc.
 
I have a public Facebook profile, and am working on a dedicated author page. My blog has links to my work and other fun things: nadinecranenburgh.blogspot.com.au
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BOOK REVIEWS
Book Review
By Jill Smith©April17
Title: Lucy’s First Disco
Author: Robin Adolphs
I bought this book after attending a workshop by Robin Adolphs at Broadbeach Library last Saturday 8th April. I love the illustrations by Aaron Pocock. Lucy's best friend Kim reminds me of my younger granddaughter.

Sunday I read the book to my granddaughter who is a fantastic little girl and she put a bookmark in while I was reading and said stop there. This was the point in the story that Lucy had her seizure, she realised it was something bad. I suggested we finish the book because it has a good ending. When we'd got to the part where the teacher explained that Lucy was still the same fun loving little girl but she had to be careful around flashing lights, she listened carefully. The disco her friends arrange for Lucy is a celebration of life with bubbles rather than flashing lights. This book now rests on my granddaughter's bookshelf with several others must keep books. 

Robin provides free teacher notes on all her books on her website. The book is supported by Epilepsy Queensland.
Book Review
 
By Jill Smith©March17
 
Title: The FIX IT Man
 
Author: Dimity Powell
 
Publisher: EK Books
This is a truly moving story. Every word is perfect, and the illustrations perfectly enhance the story. 

A little girl, who has accidents sometimes and breaks things like teapots, doesn’t worry, because her dad can fix it. That’s what dads do. The house hums with love and laughter. He helps her fix kites and makes soothing peach and honey tea for her mummy on her bad days.
 
But dad can’t fix mummy. The house smells the same but it is different. She tries to make tea like before but it’s not quite right. When her teddy bear has stuffing come out of his heart she cries.
 
Dad sees this and says, ‘I can fix it. Where’s my needle and thread.’ Things start to get better then, although it will never be the same.They can fix things together.
 
Who knew that facing grief and moving forward with life could so be put so succinctly in a children's picture book?
I was lucky enough to be able to attend a book launch for The FIX IT man and loved Dimity reading the story. I had a tear in my eye on the day and have done upon re-reading the book.
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