The 2019 National Child Writes Competition
Round Five (and final round!) Open until 30 November...
Round Four: Illustration - Amy Cetinich Writing - Ruby Liebowitz, Allegra Clarke, Isabella Ho, Abigail Leslight
Round Three: Chelsea Green
Round Two: Writer Rafael Siemer (Walgett, NSW) and illustrator Ayla Johnston
Round One: Harshika Madhivanan and Amelie Guerin
The 2017 / 2018 National Child Writes Competition
Dearest Writers and illustrators for the 2017/2018 Competition...
What a massive year plus one! The competition was a little slow this time, simply because all the team at Child Writes were completely distracted by International Read to Me! Day as well as the Child Writes program. In saying that, we did receive incredible entries and were so proud to announce the following children were all short listed for the final judging for the 2017/2018 National Child Writes Competition.
Laura Hoade – Grafton NSW
Yixuan Yang ‘Paradise’ - Artamon Public School NSW
Zoe Wang, Brisbane, QLD - writing
Wilson Foo "Dragon' Wrath’
Asher Teller' The Pander Without Glasses'
Jeremiah Wang 'Bicycle Story’- Claremont WA
Samratha Dewan Redeemer Lutheran College
Amy de Malmanche Newcastle East Public School
Beth Lonie Gladesville
Lainey Hodges St Johns Primary School Dubbo
Luke Harper – Balgowlah NSW
Emily Wang – Camberwell VIC
Sarah Fernando, Wheelers Hill, VIC - illustration
Bella Campbell - Barwon Heads Primary School, VIC
Jordan Tenison-Woods, Brisbane QLD
And the WINNERS WERE
Yixuan Yang and Amy de Malmanche (writing) and Emily Wang and Luke Harper (illustration)
Please know the entry fee has already been transferred to The Child Writes Fund account and as soon as we raise $5000, we will be asking you all to nominate a school in need, somewhere where children can very much benefit from a 5x5 version of the Child Writes course – creating their own picture book. This gift is really a gift of self efficacy and one that demonstrates your support of children who are less fortunate than yourselves and may not have that incredible person in their corner like you have.
Thank you thank you thank you again.
UPDATE October 2019
Luke is now writing to accompany his own illustrations now that Yixuan has withdrawn from the process.
Emily is illustrating Amy's story 'Joel and Blankie' and will be working over the 2019/20 summer holidays!
The 2016 National Child Writes Competition
Dearest Writers and illustrators
Trust me when I say congratulations to you ALL especially as it is mind-blowingly scary to share your work, to have it judged and to be included or not included in the winners circle. It is daunting and this makes you the writers and creators of the future. Our whole team was incredibly impressed by the calibre of entries again this year, from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. The judges were humbled to be involved and we sincerely thank Jackie Hosking, Romi Sharp, Renee Price, Jenny Graham, Georgie Donaghey and Kaylene Hobson.
To the parents and teachers who choose to be literacy champions – we applaud you. The most entries were from Balgowlah Heights Public School, followed by Exeter Primary School, where the Art Teacher, Amy Jory ensured record entries and we are delighted to be sending both schools gift as our way of thanking and recognising these schools of excellence!
Now, drum roll…
There is an extraordinary case of both our writer and illustrator both coming from Balgowlah Heights Public School – ensuring we make a trek there again to launch ANOTHER book next year!
Congratulations to writer ANNABEL LYNCH and illustrator KYE BURNS.
This year, the runners-up were only pipped by one point each
and we thought it too exciting for words, so we are offering a
second book deal to writer NINA RICHARDS(Chevallum State
School, Queensland) and illustrator AVA MACCUSPIE
(Auburn Primary School, Victoria)
To the list, earnest and hearty congratulations to
the following for their highly commended recognition:
writer: Lucia Jans (Balgowlah Height Public School, NSW)
illustrator: Emily Wang (Camberwell Primary School, VIC)
Wishing all the writers and illustrator our very very best. You will all be acknowledged with a personalised certificate of achievement as we truly believe it beyond courageous to enter a national competition like this!
We wish you every best for the future of your writing and creating and we look forward to your support for next year’s competition.
The 2015 National Child Writes Competition
The short list for the National Child Writes Competition 2015 - illustrators
Jaimie Cates – Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSW
Ali Coburn - Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School, VIC
Zoe Howard – Wenona School, VIC
The short list for the National Child Writes Competition 2015 - writers
writers second...(again, in no particular order)
Zoe Gallagher – Scone Grammar School, NSW
Keagan Wallace – Scotch College, Adelaide, SA
Emma Donald – The Glennie School, Toowoomba, QLD
Jessica Maher – St Francis de Sales Primary School, QLD
Lauren Peach – Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSW
Mali Hoadley - NSW
Sophie Roussos – Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSW
Briony Pannell – Encounter Lutheran School, SA
And the winners were:
Ali Coburn and Keagan Wallace...
The 2013 National Child Writes Competition
The winner of the writing section is... (drum roll!)
Kate McCullough from Charters Towers, Queensland. Kate home-schools through Charters Towers School of Distance Education.
The winner of the illustration section is... (again! drum roll!) Charlotte De Laine from Balgowlah Heights Public School, Sydney.
Kate and Charlotte will work through the correspondence version of the Child Writes program, mentoring from by Emma Mactaggart, writing and illustrating their collaborative picture book, which will be published by Boogie Books at the end of 2014.
Exceptional Commendations to the short-listed entrants…. (Each child will be given certificate and a signed copy of 'Child Writes: Creating a Children's Picture Book is Child's Play' AND an 'auto pass' to enter next years competition as our guests!)
Meghann Plant from Goomeri in Queensland
Veronica Perez-Torres from Glen Huntly in Victoria
Sophie Stone - also from Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSW
Stacey McCullough from Charters Towers, QLD
Elise Villanueva, Mount Annan Public School, NSW
Emily Fletcher from Talara Primary College
Brianna Tucker, Highfields State School, QLD
Riley Davison Blackall State School, QLD
and finally...Special Mention (receiving a certificate) to Grace Benedetti from Brisbane, QLD
To all the other entrants… You certainly didn't make it easy for us as judges to pick a winner! The calibre of entries was extraordinary and I would invite you to consider next year’s competition. Not winning certainly doesn't mean you have lost. For some, it was a matter of adhering to the competition guidelines (word length, number of illustrations), for others it was simply being expressive and true to yourselves. Each and every one of you have achieve something many adults only dream of... writing or illustrating AND BEING BRAVE ENOUGH TO SHOW OTHERS!
As we read or viewed each entry, we certainly were not looking at the finished product, because the prize is a year of mentoring to learn how to write a picture book, how to illustrate a picture book. Rather, we chose entries that provoked an emotional response and the used of all the senses, where the use of language was melodic and imagery powerful.
(I personally loved that I would go back time and time again and in disbelief, look at the age of the child writing, wishing upon a thousand stars I was capable of producing such magic at the same age!) It was a pleasure reading and viewing and I have to say the future for Australian literature is
Thank you. With kindest regards
Emma Mactaggart & Ainsley Shepherd.
Grace Benedetti (writing) Carolyn Swalwell Guardian Angels School, QLD
Veronica Perez-Torres (Illustration)
Kate McCullough – School of the Air, Charters Towers, QLD
Stacey McCullough – School of the Air, Charters Towers, QLD
With fond regards from the Child Writes team