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, one-to-one assessments with publishers, illustrator portfolio showcase, pitches and masterclasses that will build and enhance your creative career.

What publishers and agents will be attending?


When is the conference?
Saturday 25th May 2019

Where is the conference?
The Melbourne Town Hall

What is the program for the day?

How much does it cost to attend the conference?
$280 – Full Ticket

$260 – Concession Ticket (Pensioners, Full-Time Students and the unemployed with a valid ID)

$310 – Full Ticket with Illustrator Showcase

$290 – Concession Ticket with Illustrator Showcase

The Publisher Panels

1. What Makes Publishers Say YES - with Susannah Chambers, Clair Hume, Zoe Walton

2. Secret Agent Business - with Alex Adsett and Jacinta di Mase

3. The Inside Story - with Jen Storer and Lisa Berryman

4. Finding Your Perfect Match: From Big Publishers to Small Indie Houses - with Jane Pearson, Suzanne O'Sullivan, Miriam Rosenbloom

The Masterclasses

1. How to Put Your Best Foot (Manuscript) Forward - with Maryann Ballantyne

2. The ‘Slush Pile’: How to Climb to the Top - with Michelle Madden

3. ‘Pick Me! Pick Me!’ Perfecting Your Portfolio - with Donna Rawlins

Does it cost to attend a Masterclass?
Yes. The Masterclasses are $50 to attend. Each session will be run by an expert Publisher, with a limited number of delegates per masterclass, specifically designed for an elite hands-on learning experience in a small group environment.

Masterclass Bookings OPEN Monday 4th March 2019 8pm (AEDST)

The Pitch Sessions

What is a Pitch? Verbal pitches are a face-to-face meeting with an agent or a publisher. These in-person pitch sessions are a great opportunity for you to sell yourself and your writing. At KidLitVic 2019, we are offering you the opportunity to have a one-on-one 3 minute pitch with an attending publisher or agent followed by 2mins of feedback. You will also have the opportunity to give the publisher or agent a prepared A4 handout (about you!) to take away.

Pitch sessions are available with-

Alex Adsett from Alex Adsett Publishing Services, Danielle Binks from Jacinta di Mase Management, Clare Hallifax from Scholastic Books Australia and Amy Thomas from Penguin Random House Australia *Subject to change

How much does a Pitch cost?

$12 – Pitch (+ hand in an A4 bio and information sheet after your pitch)

Pitch Session Bookings OPEN Monday 4th March 2019 8pm (AEDST)

The Up Close and Personal Sessions

What is the 1 hour Up Close and Personal Session? At KidLitVic 2019, you will have the opportunity to sit in on a small group (with only 5 other delegates) to meet, ask questions and chat ‘up close and personal’ with attending publishers.

‘Up Close and Personal’ Sessions are available with- Maryann Ballantyne, Lisa Berryman from HarperCollins Australia, Jacinta di Mase from Jacinta di Mase Management, Zoe Walton from Penguin Random House, Clair Hume from Affirm Press, Elise Jones from Allen and Unwin, Michelle Madden from Penguin Random House Australia, Marisa Pintado from Hardie Grant Egmont and Donna Rawlins *Subject to change

How much will the ‘Up Close and Personal’ Session cost?

Each 1 hour session will cost $50

Up Close and Personal Session Bookings OPEN Monday 4th March 2019 8pm (AEDST)

Manuscript or Illustrator Portfolio Assessments

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

Each assessment costs $80. A KidLitVic Manuscript Assessment is a 15 minute one-to-one meeting with an attending publisher of your choice, to discuss your manuscript.  A KidLitVic Illustrator Portfolio Assessment is a 15 minute one-to-one assessment with a publisher of your choice, to discuss your Illustrator Portfolio. Each publisher has their own style of providing feedback. This may be oral or written or both. We advise that you take notes during your assessment meeting. Paid assessments are ONLY available to conference attendees.

Assessment Bookings OPEN Monday 4th March 2019 8pm (AEDST)


The Illustrator Showcase

What is the Illustrator Showcase? A full day conference ticket must be purchased in order to qualify for an Illustrator Portfolio Display space. All illustrators attending the conference are invited to display their portfolios for the entire day, to be looked at by attending publishers and agents.

How much does the Illustrator Showcase cost?

ONLY $30 ($310 – Full Conference Ticket with Illustrator Showcase)

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

How do I get there?


Train – Flinders Street Station is the closest station, and only a short walk to the Melbourne Town Hall. 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 Collins 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 (see - https://www.wilsonparking.com.au/book-a-bay ), or there is all day parking at Melbourne Central and QV. 

Where to stay?

The Rydges Hotel- The Victoria Hotel : 215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne


The Victoria Hotel is offering a special discounted rate for all KidLitVic 2019 delegates to stay between 24 May, 2019 - 26 May, 2019.

Click the link below to received your exclusive rate