Amongst all the excitement of being shortlisted in the Scribbles ‘Creative Writing Awards’ late 2018 – in both the Picture Book and Middle Grade Short Story categories – I forgot to blog about it!
This new creative writing competition for the Australian children’s literary calendar was established and run by acclaimed children’s author Jen Storer – under the banner of her online creative writing course, ‘Scribbles’ of which I’m an active participant. The competition was also supported by Harper Collins Children’s Books.
The judges were none other than esteemed industry professionals Judith Rossell, Gabrielle Wang and Lucinda Gifford. All shortlisters were provided with valuable feedback on their manuscripts, and the winners each received a full manuscript assessment with Jen, as well as a Skype coaching call.
It goes without saying that I was thrilled to be shortlisted in both categories! I’ve since reviewed my picture book manuscript and tweaked it slightly, in light of the judge’s considered feedback, and shall be hopefully presenting it to a publisher at this year’s KidLitVic Conference. As for the middle grade short story – well, I really enjoyed putting this idea to paper, and may even transfer it into a full novel in the future…watch this space 🙂
Oh yes, and Scribbles is not only an online community of kidlit creators, we have real-life workshops too. Here I am below enjoying a Masterclass with Jen and my fellow writers (and illustrators) in Melbourne last May, just prior to attending the KidLitVic 2018 Conference.