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-on-one assessment with a publisher of your choice (based on availability), including a "publisher check-list feedback form" on your illustrator portfolio. Or book yourself into one of our professional development workshops that will build and enhance your creative career.

What is the workshop?


Does it cost to attend the workshop?
No, the Workshop is included in the ticket price.

What are the Masterclasses?


Does it cost to attend the Masterclasses?

Illustrator Portfolio Display-

All illustrators attending the conference are invited to display their portfolios.

More information to come.....
A table will be available to display portfolios along with your business cards for the duration of the conference.
Please read the guidelines carefully and use the template (found here soon) to book your place. Stay tuned!

Please arrive at the conference at 8.30 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.
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

Illustrator Portfolio Assessments-

How much will a portfolio assessment cost?
Each assessment costs $88 (including GST) for a 15min one-on-one assessment with a publisher, plus written feedback on your folio
How do I submit my work for the assessments?
Before you submit your work you must download the Illustration Assessment Submission Guidelines. In that it will explain how to submit your Illustration Assessment Submission Form. Both can be downloaded here:

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?
Assessments bookings will open 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 illustrator and an author 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

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 and assessment or not. However there are only 50 places available, so book in quick!
Can I display my illustrator portfolio if I’m not attending the conference?
No. Assessments and portfolio display tables are only offered to those attending the conference.
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.