This one day conference combines discussion panels of Australia's leading publishers, each with expert advice on Children's Picture Books, Chapter and Middle Grade Fiction, Illustration and Young Adult Novels. There is also the opportunity to book a fifteen minute one-to-one assessment with a publisher of your choice (based on availability) to discuss your manuscript. Or book yourself into one of our professional development workshops or masterclass that will build and enhance your creative career.

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 Masterclass is $40. Masterclass Bookings open on 8pm (AEST) Monday 12th February 2018.

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. Workshop Bookings open on 8pm (AEST) Monday 12th February 2018.

Do you need a complete manuscript to attend the conference?

No.  You don't need a completed manuscript to attend the conference. This is your chance to meet and hear from Australian publishers; current trends, advice on publishing, what publishers are looking for etc.  

Manuscript Assessments-

How much will an assessment cost?

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. 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.

How do I submit my work for the assessments?

Before you submit your work you must download the Manuscript Assessment Submission Guidelines. This will explain how to submit your manuscript. 

Can I book an assessment if I'm not attending the conference?

No, unfortunately, due to the high demand for assessments, we are unable to offer assessments to people not attending the conference.

When can I book an assessment?

Bookings open 8pm (AEST) Monday 12th February 2018

Will I be able to book who I want for my assessment?

You get to choose who you want for your assessment providing that the publisher or agent still has spaces available. If they are fully booked, you may have to select an alternative assessor. So it pays to book early.

Can I book an author and an illustrator assessment?

No, you must choose one or the other. In the first instance, we are only allowing ONE illustrator or author assessment in total to give everyone a fair go. Depending on the uptake of assessments, a second round may be offered.

How will assessment times be allocated? There are certain panels I don't want to miss.

We will endeavour to allocate an assessment time for you that takes your particular interests into account.

What can I do if the assessments are booked out?

You can be placed on a waiting list. Please email your preferred assessor and genre along with your details to our Assessment Co-ordinator Jaquelyn Muller

Do I have to have my submission ready when I book my assessment?

No. You book your place on 12th February 2018, but you have until the 12th March 2018 to submit your work.

How do I write a picture book synopsis?

Writing a synopsis for a picture book for KidLitVic can be a very simple short paragraph and should include the following:


To have a strong book, you need a theme even if it’s very subtle.

It could be bullying, tolerance, adjusting to change, or learning to be happy.

You should be able to say in one quick sentence: .“This is a book about …”


Where is your book set – inside a whale, in a jungle etc.

This allows the publishers to see straight away where the pb is set.


Include a couple of sentences showing the story.

If part of the story is only shown in the pictures, this is your chance to explain this. 

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*PB- Picture Book, Chapter- Chapter Book, MG- Middle Grade Fiction,

YA- Young Adult Fiction, Illo- Illustrations