This one day conference combines expert discussion panels of Australia's leading publishers, one-to-one Illustrator Portfolio assessments, 3 minute pitches, 1 hour masterclasses, Illustrator Showcase 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)

$310 – Full Ticket with Illustrator Showcase

Or $290 – Concession Ticket with Illustrator Showcase (Pensioners, Full-Time Students and the unemployed with a valid ID)

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

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.

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)

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.

The cost to book an Illustrator Portfolio Display space is $30. Bookings open Monday 5th November 2018 at 8pm (AEDST). Spaces are limited, so book your space quick to avoid disappointment.
A table will be available to display portfolios along with your business cards for the duration of the conference.


Please arrive at the conference at 8.30am and inform registration that you have a folio. You will be shown where to go to display your folio.
Publishers will be invited to view all folios on display throughout the day.
KidlitVic can take no responsibility for portfolios left on display.
What to bring:
Portfolio with up to 10 printed illustrations (ie: 10 single pages)
- Please do not include original artwork
- Maximum size of portfolio is A3
Business cards or postcards with your illustrator details
Suggested Illustration Portfolio Tips:
1. Tell a story that shows your illustration style
2. Show emotion – different expressions, moods, movements and interaction between characters
3. Show consistency of character – a series of illustrations with the same character
4. If possible demonstrate your ability to draw both people and animals
5. Show different settings, ethnicities, illustration sizes and compositions

Can I display my illustrator portfolio if I’m not attending the conference?
No. A full day conference ticket must be purchased in order to qualify for an Illustrator Portfolio Display space.

Illustrator Portfolio Assessments-

How much will a portfolio assessment cost?
Each assessment costs $80. A KidLitVic Illustrator Portfolio Assessment is a 15 minute one-to-one meeting with an attending 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.
How do I submit my work for the assessments?
Please review the Portfolio Assessment Submission Guidelines

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 4th March 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

What size can my portfolio be?  
Max A3 either landscape or portrait

Can I have digital portfolio? (Ipad etc...)
No. We can’t offer power or security for any electronic devices. 

Can I have two or three illustrations on one page?
Yes, but there can only be 10 pages in total.
Can I leave postcards or business cards beside my portfolio?
I’m not planning to book an illustrator portfolio assessment, can I still display my portfolio?
The illustrator portfolio display tables are open to all illustrators attending the conference at a booking fee, whether you book an assessment or not. However places are limited, so book in quick!
Can I include original artwork in my portfolio?
No.  Please only include printed copies of your illustrations.
Can I have ten double sided pages?
No, you can have 5 double sided pages or 10 single pages. You can have multiple illustrations on one page, so long as there are only 10 pages in total.