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 VictoriaSophie Stone - also from Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSWStacey McCullough from Charters Towers, QLDElise Villanueva, Mount Annan Public School, NSWEmily Fletcher from Talara Primary CollegeBrianna Tucker, Highfields State School, QLDRiley Davison Blackall State School, QLDSpecial Mention (receiving a certificate) to Grace Benedetti from Brisbane, QLDTo 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 years 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 which 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 looking bright! Thank you.Emma Mactaggart & Ainsley Shepherd.