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Monday, 28 November 2011

The Winners! KBR's Unpublished Manuscript Award 2011


What a challenge judging KBR's inaugural Unpublished Manuscript Award for a Picture Book! We were absolutely inundated with entries and are very proud to announce the following winners:


Mad Bad Uncle David by Catriona Hoy
winner of the Published Author Picture Book Award

Bollinger's Banquet by Rebecca Colless
winner of the Unpublished Author Picture Book Award

You have both won $150, a manuscript appraisal and the chance to interview on KBR! Stayed tuned for these interviews, which will be appearing at the end of December.


Runners-up in the Published Author Category:
Pelican Creek by Tom Skinner
Megan Dances by Anne Young
Ruby Pickles by Adam Wallace

Runners-up in the Unpublished Author Category:
Practically Perfect Petunia by Annette Campbell
A - Z by Lisa Demos
Black Dog, Brown Dog by Spider Lee

Congratulations! You have all won a short manuscript appraisal.

But wait, there's more...

We were so impressed by the amount (and calibre) of entries, we feel compelled to offer some further mentions. Some Highly Commended nods (ie: that close!), followed by some Special Mentions for works that were either beautifully-written or featured unique or brilliant story ideas.


Published Author Category
The Animal Whisperer by Renee Bennett

Unpublished Author Category
Fi the Flea by Rebecca Colless
Dinner with the Dipples by Annette Campbell
Biker Bread by Rebecka Sharpe-Shelberg
Hariette's Bed by Kate Sainsbury


Published Author Category
Whose Shoes? by Janeen Brian

Unpublished Author Category
Fast Eddie and the Slippery Snake by Ken Williams
Free to Remember by Rebecka Sharpe-Shelberg
Iris and the 96 Tram by Karen Charlton
A Real Superhero by Rebecca Newman
Monster Monster by Alex Finlayson
The Best of Friends by Kaye Baillie
The Cake That Went Bad by Jo-Ann Spataro
The Forgotten Playground by Gay McKinnon
The Naughty Flyaway Scarf by Carol Hepburn
Dark Black Night by Sylvia Forbes
Snowy by Mary Dunbar
Lilly's Amazing Coats by Chris Caelli
David's Diff-Ability by Fiona Van Lochem
Rainforest Magic by Dimity Powell
Harry's Cloud by Lillian Liu
The Monster in Timmy's Tummy by Kylie Fornasier
Trim by Pat Simmons
Molly McFuzzle Wanted to Fly by Lynn Ward
Old Bloat and Little Bleat by Rebecca Colless
Oscar Goes to the Moon by Mira Tanner
The Royal Arrival by Vicki Stanton

Thank you to everyone who entered our inaugural comp. We are thrilled with the response and positive feedback we received in running this KBR initiative - and were truly stunned at the amount and quality of entries, making it a very tough to choose winners. We take great pride in the work of our talented Australian writers.

Thank you, also, to the wonderful people who supported our Award, and helped us get the word out. It certainly worked!

Congrats again to our winners, and . . . happy writing, all! See you again next year.


  1. Congratulations everyone! Well done.

  2. Congrats to all the Winners, the Highly commended and all the honorable mentions :)

  3. Congratulations everyone! So lovely to see some familiar names up there.

  4. Congratulations to everyone, well done on all the hard work!

  5. Congratulations to all of the winners. And an extra special WOO HOO to the honorable mention of Karen Charlton!

  6. Congratulations, everyone! What a wonderful comp.

  7. Thanks for all the gorgeous comments, everyone! We have had such a positive reaction to this comp and it was a joy to share in such phenomenal talent. We hope to see you all again next year - with an even bigger award!

  8. Thanks for considering my entry Tania and to all at KBR who mastered this great opportunity. Heartfelt congrats to the winners and all the runners up. Can't wait for next year! Whoo Hoo Dimity.

  9. Congratulations to all the winners and KBR for giving us the opportunity to enter.
    Love Catriona's Daddies book!

    Looking forward to the interviews.
    Also, I'm with InkPaperPen - Congrats Karen!

  10. Giant congratulations to everyone! Thank you all for taking the time to enter and share your stories with us :) xx

  11. Yeah to all - well done winners, well done KBR!! Jodie

  12. Congratulations Catriona, I knew the book was a winner! Uncle David is my mad, bad, brother!

  13. A big thankyou to Tania, Kelly and Susan for organising the award. I'm really shocked to have won, considering the amount and quality of the entries. Congratulations to everyone who entered and the runners up, commendations and special mentions. What a hard job to have read and judged them all.
    I do hope a publisher out there wants 'Mad Bad Uncle David.' My real mad, bad, kilt wearing, herb growing, practical joker of an Uncle David would be fair chuffed to see his book in print. And thanks not so bad and not so mad Auntie Val for commenting!

    cheers, catriona

  14. Congrats to all the winners and those who got special mention, and good luck in finding a publisher for your work. It's wonderful to have comps like these to be able to try your luck - and I'll try again next year! Felicity Pulman


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