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An invitation was extended to every primary school aged child in Australia and there were hundreds of entries and the work was AMAZING!  

Thank you again to our literacy heroes who had the foresight 
to share this opportunity with our nations youngest and 
possibly most passionate writers and illustrators.
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 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.

With kindest regards
Emma Mactaggart & Ainsley Shepherd
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