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.
T 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

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
looking bright!
Thank you. With kindest regards
Emma Mactaggart & Ainsley Shepherd. 
Kate McCullough – School of the Air, Charters Towers, QLD
Charlotte de Laine – Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSW

Highly Commended
Grace Benedetti (writing) Carolyn Swalwell Guardian Angels School, QLD
Veronica Perez-Torres (Illustration)

Special Collaboration
Kate McCullough – School of the Air, Charters Towers, QLD
Stacey McCullough – School of the Air, Charters Towers, QLD


Jayde Rumoro (writing) – St Monica’s Public School, VIC
Abby Johnstone (illustration) – Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSW


The judges this year were stretched and there was considerable debate given the quality of entries was so high - and they were constantly shaking their heads in amazement that children were creating at this high calibre!

The intention is to publish the long list today as the judges give the entries more consideration in a bid to determine a final winner in each section, both writing and illustration. The winners will be chosen from the list below...

First though - in a big to keep the suspense - the two schools with the most amount of entries were Wenona and Balgowlah Heights State School, both from Sydney. This was impressive considering there were entries from South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.

Thank you to all the parents and teachers who facilitated the entries (and thank you to those who persisted and managed to navigate around the bugs in the entry form!) All Long List nominees will receive a copy of the Child Writes book, valued at $34.95 and a Highly Commended Certificate.

All entrants will receive a PDF certificate recognising their bravery in entering! It is not an easy thing to share your work and the entire Child Writes / Boogie Books team stands in awe!

The Long List for the National Child Writes Competition 2015 - illustrators first...(in no particular order)
Jaimie Cates – Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSW
Ali Coburn - Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School, VIC
Zoe Howard – Wenona School, VIC

The Long List for the National Child Writes Competition 2015 - 
writers second...(again, in no particular order)

Zoe Gallagher – Scone Grammar School, NSW
Isabella Hartley
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

Certificates / Prizes will be sent November 17th! Thank you thank you thank you... This is another exciting year for Child Writes and it bodes well for the Summer Anthology (more about that later…)


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.
With fond regards from the Child Writes team


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