Saturday 19th May 2018

The Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St Melbourne

KidLitVic - Meet the Publishers is an opportunity for new, emerging and experienced writers and illustrators to meet and hear from industry professionals on writing, illustrating and publishing children's and YA books in the current Australian market.
The one day conference combines expert panel discussions, fifteen minute one-on-one assessments with publishers and workshops that will build and enhance your creative career.

What publishers and agents will be attending?
There will be representatives from the following firms:

  • Black Dog
  • Penguin Random House
  • HarperCollins
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Ford Street Publishing
  • Scholastic
  • Five Mile Press
  • Lake Press
  • Hachette
  • Windy Hollow
  • Text 
  • Hardie Grant Egmont
  • Scribble/Scribe
  • Walker Books
  • Affirm Press

When is the conference?
Saturday 19th May 2018

Where is the conference?
The 2018 Conference will be held at the The Melbourne Town Hall in Swanston Street Melbourne.

What is the program for the day?

The event program can be downloaded here shortly to the help you plan your day at KidLitVic. 

How much will it cost me?

What are the Masterclasses?


Does it cost to attend the Masterclasses?

What is the workshop?

What is the cost of a manuscript or an illustrator portfolio assessment?

Each assessment costs $88 (including GST) for a 15min one-on-one assessment with a publisher, plus written feedback on your manuscript or your portfolio.

What if I have specific dietary requirements?
Once you have booked your place at the conference, please email us in advance at and we will ensure you are taken care of on the day.

How do I get there?

The Melbourne Town Hall is on the corner of Swanston and Collins Street Melbourne

Train – Melbourne Central station is directly opposite the Library's Swanston Street entrance. Country travellers can transfer to metropolitan trains at Southern Cross or North Melbourne stations.
Tram there are tram stops near our entrances on Swanston Street and La Trobe Street
Bus the nearest stops are in Lonsdale, Russell and Exhibition streets
See Public Transport Victoria for more information.
Bike- There are separated bike lanes in both directions on Swanston streets.  See the City of Melbourne website for more information.
Car- The Melbourne Town Hall doesn't have on-site parking, but there is paid street parking on La Trobe Street and several pay car parks close by, including at Melbourne Central and QV. There are three parking spaces for people with a disability permit in La Trobe Street