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Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program 2018

In 2018 the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program continues to be sponsored by HarperCollins Children's Books Australia

A Night for Aspiring Writers - book here!

Congratulations to the authors of the following manuscripts!

2018 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program Long List

Picture Book Category

  • Isadora’s Eggs
  • May Lou’s Tap Shoe Blues
  • Mission Control
  • Pierre
  • The Girl with the Curl

Younger Reader (Children’s Fiction)

  • Duck Summer
  • Emma Boffin
  • Graegrim
  • Miss Alice Einstein’s School for Talking Pets
  • The Eel

Older Reader Category

  • Aethernity
  • Hamelin
  • Our Stolen Bones
  • Sing us Home
  • Strangeway

A Night for Aspiring Writers – all welcome!
Thursday November 8, 2018 - 6.00pm for 6.30 - 8.30pm
Book here!

Join us as we announce the winner of our 2018 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program and present the Charlotte Waring Barton Award.
Hear what publishers from HarperCollins are looking for in a manuscript and from last year’s winner Maura Pierlot.
Guest authors:

Speakers from HarperCollins:
James Kellow – CEO Australia and New Zealand
Cristina Cappelluto – Children’s Publishing Director
Lisa Berryman – Publisher.

CBCA Members | $45
Non-Members    | $60.00
Drinks and Canapes on arrival.

Venue | HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia | Level 13, 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney 

Many thanks to HarperCollins for sponsoring the 2018 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program and providing their amazing offices for this event.

Thanks also to:

  • Oatley Fine Wine Merchants
  • Pixography

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Sheryl Gwyther is an award-winning author from Brisbane, Australia. Her first children's novel, Secrets of Eromanga was published by Lothian Books/Hachette Australia in 2006. 

Her chapter books are also in many Australian schools and across the globe. Sheryl's short stories and plays are found in Australia's The School Magazine, Ireland's The Looking Glass Magazine and New Zealand's Junior Journal, and most recently, a new Chapbook of children's flash fiction, Seven Tales.

Sheryl's awards include two Australian Society of Authors' Mentorships, two May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship Residencies; and a 2015 Work-of-Outstanding-Progress Grant from SCBWI International (the first non-American to win) for her manuscript, Sweet Adversity.
Sheryl Gwyther | Photo by Ross Gwyther

Award winning illustrator/author Liz Anelli has been making up stories since she was very small. She moved from England in 2012 to live in sunny Newcastle, NSW where it is much nicer to draw outside.

Liz collects things and owns dozens of sketchbooks full of drawings, scraps of packaging, tickets, rubbings and patterns which she digitally weaves into her collage, paint and print images.

Her illustrations for non-fiction, historical and fiction children’s books have been extensively recognised - ‘Desert Lake’ (whose research was enabled by an Australian Society of Authors Award), won the Scholastic Australia Standing Orders Librarians’ Choice Award 2016 and in 2017 was a Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in both the Eve Pownall Award and Picture Book category. It was shortlisted for Educational Publishing Awards, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Award, Speech Pathology Awards and Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2017. ‘One Photo’ was shortlisted CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2017 and ‘Ten Pound Pom’ in 2018. Other recent picture books are ‘Howzat!’, ‘Grace and Katie’ and ‘Maddie’s First Day’ with Dry to Dry (a second Nature Story Series title) and ‘The Biscuit Maker’ (also with Walker Books) scheduled for next year.

Liz delights in complex scenes and is also well known for her large scale illustrated city maps and murals. But most of all she loves to draw – anytime, anywhere.

An active member of SCWBI, CBCA and a Board Director of ASA, she regularly delivers talks and workshops with schools, festivals and conferences. Liz is an Ambassador for Books in Homes and reviews and judges picture books for CBCA.

Liz is represented for picture books by The Transatlantic Agency, USA.
Liz Anelli | Illustrator

Applications open Thursday 1 March 2018
Applications close - manuscript deadline - Saturday 30 June 2018


March 1, Thursday

Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program  (AWMP) - Applications open

June 30, Saturday

Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program - Manuscript Deadline - Applications close

Charlotte Waring Barton Award

The winner of the 2018 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program receives the Charlotte Waring Barton Award and a comprehensive mentorship which includes: 

  • 2 x 3-hour guidance sessions with an established HarperCollins author.
  • 1 x 1-hour session with a HarperCollins editor.
  • 1 x 1-hour session with a publishing expert in HarperCollins Marketing Communications Manager.
  • 1 x 1-hour session with a HarperCollins publisher.

If the winner resides outside of Sydney, HarperCollins reserves the right to conduct all sessions via Skype.