This one day conference combines expert discussion panels of Australia's leading publishers, one-to-one manuscript assessments, 3 minute pitches, 1 hour masterclasses and 1 hour ‘Up Close and Personal’ Sessions with publishers that will build and enhance your creative career.

How much does it cost to attend the conference?
$280 – Full Ticket or $260 – Concession Ticket (Pensioners, Full-Time Students and the unemployed with a valid ID)

What are the Masterclasses?

Details coming very soon!

How much does it cost to attend a Masterclass?
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.

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. Following your pitch, you will have the opportunity to give the publisher or agent a prepared A4 handout (about you!) to take away.

How much does a Pitch cost?
$12 – Pitch (+ hand in an A4 bio and information sheet after your pitch)

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.  

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 to meet, ask questions and chat ‘up close and personal’ with attending publishers.

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

Each 1 hour session will cost $50

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 (depending on availability), 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?

Assessment Bookings OPEN Monday 11th February 2019 8pm (AEDST)

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

You have the opportunity to select who you want to assess your work 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.

What can I do if the assessments are booked out?

You can be placed on a waiting list. Please email your preferred assessor, along with your details to

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

Submissions close at 11:59pm on Monday 18th March 2019, so you will need to have your submission ready and submitted by this date.