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, one-to-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
  • Jacinta Di Mase
  • MidnightSun
  • Alex Adsett
  • UQP
  • Hinkler
  • EK

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?
To help you plan for the day, you can download a copy of the program by clicking the button below. Please note the program is subject to change. 

How much will it cost me?
$277 for a Full Day ticket which includes: 5 Publisher Panels or 4 Publisher Panels plus Melissa Keil's Workshop - Pitch Perfect and Submission Ready (* Please note- places are limited), tea and coffee on arrival, full day catering, the cocktail party and unprecedented access to Australia's top publishers throughout the day.

What are the Publisher Panels?

There will be five Publisher Panels throughout the day, with expert advice from various Australian publishers.

1. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING...A BOOK with Michelle Madden (Penguin Random House), Clare Hallifax (Scholastic Australia) and Suzanne O'Sullivan (Hachette)

2. THE PERFECT PICTURE BOOK PARTNERSHIP with Anouska Jones (EK Books), Miriam Rosenbloom (Scribble) and Sarah Mumme (Lake Press)

3. CREATING AN APPETITE FOR SERIES with Kimberley Bennett (Penguin Random House), Marisa Pintado (Hardie Grant Egmont) and Lisa Berryman (HarperCollins Australia)

4. GETTING A FOOT IN THE DOOR with Susannah Chambers (Allen & Unwin), Amy Thomas (Penguin Random House) and Davina Bell (Affirm Press)

5. Q & A with all the Publishers and Literary Agents

What is the "free" Workshop?

PITCH PERFECT AND SUBMISSION READY with Melissa Keil from Five Mile Press. Melissa will share her insights into how to pitch to a publisher and how to prepare a submission. *Please note- places are limited. You may tick YES at the time of booking your full day conference ticket, if you wish to take advantage of this "free" workshop.

What is the Masterclass?

The 2018 1hour Masterclass on offer is: TALKING SHOP with a number of industry and publishing professionals. Please note, the Masterclass is open to authors and illustrators who have been published with a traditional trade publisher, a traditional educational publisher or have sold over 1000 copies of a self-published title.

Does it cost to attend the Masterclass?
Yes, the cost of the 1 hour Masterclass is $40

What are the other workshops?
The 2018 1 hour Workshops on offer are:

1. DIRECTION IN ART DIRECTION with Donna Rawlins from Walker Books

2. THE ART OF EDITING with Elise Jones from Allen and Unwin

3. MARKETING FOR SCHOOL VISITS with Jaquelyn Muller from KidLitVic

4. FINDING YOUR VOICE with Jane Pearson from Text Publishing

5. DECONSTRUCTING STORY STRUCTURE with Maryann Ballantyne from Black Dog Books

Does it cost to attend these Workshops?
Yes, the cost of each of these Workshops is $40

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

Each assessment costs $80. A KidLitVic Manuscript Assessment is a fifteen minute one-to-one meeting with an attending publisher of your choice, to discuss your manuscript.  A KidLitVic Illustrator Portfolio Assessment is a 20min 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.

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 – 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 - ), or there is all day parking at Melbourne Central and QV. 

Where to stay?


The Victoria Hotel (Rydges) is giving KitLitVic attendees one of the best deals in town...and it's next door to the Melbourne Town Hall.

To access your special rates please visit…/melbourne-vic/the-victoria-hotel

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Available for stays between 18th May and 20th May 2018 (inclusive)