Saturday 20th May 2017

State Library of Victoria, 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
  • Harper Collins
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Ford Street Publishing
  • Curtis Brown
  • Jacinta di Mase Literary Management
  • Scholastic
  • File Mile Press
  • Lake Press
  • Hachette
  • Windy Hollow
  • Text 
  • Hardie Grant Egmont
  • Scribe
  • Wilkins Farago

When is the conference?
Saturday 20th May 2017

Where is the conference?
The 2017 Conference will be held at the State Library of Victoria in Swanston Street Melbourne.

What is the program for the day?

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

How much will it cost me?
The conference fee is $240 (plus TryBooking fees) for a full day event including 5 publisher panel discussions, all meals and a cocktail party starting at 5pm. An additional fee is charged for those booking a workshop or assessment.

What are the workshops?
There are four 1 hour professional development workshops running throughout the day presented by industry experts (click through to see workshop flyer).

1. Editing your Manuscript
2. Building your Brand
3. Illustrators Workshop
4. Presenting at Schools


Does it cost to attend the workshops?
Yes. The 1 hour workshops cost $40 each to attend. Bookings for workshops will open on Monday 13, February 2017. Places are limited to 30 people per session.

What is the cost of a manuscript or an illustrator portfolio assessment?
The cost is $80 for a 15min one-on-one assessment with a publisher of your choice (based on availability), including written feedback on your manuscript or illustrator portfolio. Assessment bookings open Monday 13th February 2017.

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?
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 and La Trobe streets. You'll find bike racks on and near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, Swanston and Little Lonsdale streets. See the City of Melbourne website for more information.
Car- The Library 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