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Monday, 23 June 2014

THE WINNERS! KBR Unpublished Picture Book Manuscript Award 2014

AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .

We are thrilled to announce the winners in our 2014 Unpublished Manuscript Award for a Picture Book! Judging is a tough process but after much collaboration, we are proud to announce our winners. Biggest congratulations go to ...

Australian Manuscript Section

3 x FIRST PRIZES ...

The Cheese Wizard by Ben Kitchin

The Biggest and Best Birthday Ever by Cynthia Hyde

The Bad Bruise by Darrelle Spenceley

Congratulations! You have won $150, a KBR manuscript appraisal, a certificate and the chance to have your work fast-tracked to the desk of Sue Whiting, Publishing Manager at Walker Books Australia!

Highly Commended

Highly commended stories are those entries with near-runner-up scores. These entries were viewed most highly by our judging team. We do hope to see them in print one day! Congratulations to:

Spaghetti! by Shannon Wong-Nitzic
Boof Goes to Beauty School
by Caroline Tuohey
What a Cheeky Pair!
by Maura Finn
Harold the Storytime Couch
by Carrie Gallasch
Essie the Hen
by Kaye Baillie

Special Mentions

Some of our judges have requested to nominate a story that resonated with them in some way. These stories may not have received the highest overall score (and some may have a little more work to do), but the judges were very impressed with the concept, style, author voice, or all three. These Special Mentions go to:

Just Perfect
by Romi Sharp
Bill and Doris
by Kaye Baillie
Baby Brother Booming Burper
by Nerida Wayland
Verity Vale and the Scarves that Changed a Town
by Jane Williams
Because You're My Grandson
by Judy Townsend
How To Get The Good Stuff
by Megan Herbert
The Goodbye Stone
by Ally Ireland
Waiting for Lilli
by Teena Raffa-Mulligan
Saffi’s Scrapbook
by Kaye Baillie



International Manuscript Section

THE WINNER IS ...

The Lost Button by Katrina Ward

Congratulations, Katrina! You have won a KBR manuscript appraisal, a certificate and the chance to have your work fast-tracked to the publisher's desk at Penguin Books Australia!

Highly Commended

Highly commended stories are those entries who were shortlisted and received near-runner-up scores. Congratulations to:

Pink Stinks by Leslie McCrary
Cameron the Tamarin by Jon Blauvelt
Connor's Bunny by Elizabeth Cockle
Princess Sausage Roll by Swapna Haddow

Special Mentions

Some of our judges have requested to nominate a story that resonated with them in some way. These stories may not have received the highest overall score (and some may have a little more work to do), but the judges were impressed with the concept, style, author voice, or all three.

These Special Mentions go to:

Exploring the World: Cities from A to Z by Jennifer L. Blanck
The Decision by Susan Marcus
Amelia Looks Down, Thomas Turns Up by Joy Gladstone




Australian Illustration Section

Congratulations to the following illustrators! You have won the chance to have your work viewed directly by Walker Books Australia!

THE 10 WINNERS (in order of score*) ARE ...

The Lolly Machine by Aura Parker
Little Red Riding Hood by Nicky Johnston
Giant Revealed by Timothy Wallis
Sofia Didn't Like Interruptions by Megan Herbert
Cosette by Helene Magisson
Chook by Vicky Pratt
To My Mother by Jess Racklyeft
Ahoy by Alarna Zinn
An Introduction by Kelly McBrady
Energetic Jack Russell by Karlee Bertola

*most of these entries were separated by fractions of a point

Highly Commended

Highly commended illustrations are those entries who shortlisted, with runner-up scores. These entries were viewed most highly by our judging team. In order of score. Congratulations to:

The Way of the Taiginonami by Kate Durack
The Elves and the Shoemaker by Helene Magisson
The Monkhouse Family by Emma Rickards
Crazy Cat Lady by Alarna Zinn
Jambo and the Strange Thing by Christine Bruderlin
Tree by Jason Philp
Architecture by Helene Magisson
Tug of War by Kate Bouman
Fresh Beats by Linda Judge
Illustrator by Alarna Zinn

Special Mentions

These illustrations may not have received the highest overall score, but the judges were impressed with the concept, style and emotional response, or all three. These Special Mentions go to:

Olaf the Tiniest Viking by Leonie Cheetham
Patience and Wunder by Kate Durak
Playtime by Jessica Guthrie
Alone in the Forest by Jacqui Petersen
Sleepy Scruff Mutt by Karlee Bertola
Rope Ladder by Lucie Mammone
iby Paul Heppell
Nobbly by Judi Wade
Magic Butterflies by Luisa Gioffre-Suzuki
Bilingual B by Maggie Cowling




Feedback Sheets (Australian manuscript entrants only)

Feedback sheets will be emailed by Friday 25 July. Please do be in touch with us if you haven't received yours by that date. Send an email to KBRaward(AT)kids-bookreview.com or message us on our facebook page. Please note: if you are waiting on more than one sheet, they may not arrive at the same time.




Thank you to everyone who sent in their precious manuscripts. We so enjoyed reading your wonderful work, and we can't wait for next year when we can do it all again.

Special thanks to Walker Books and Penguin Books Australia, to our glorious judges who worked SO hard over hundreds of entries, and to all the wonderful people, especially Jackie Hosking of Pass It On and Vicki Stanton of Buzz Words, who have supported our Award - we so appreciate it.

Congrats again to our winners, and . . . happy writing





9 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for holding this exciting competition - it really is such a highlight each year and I'm very proud to have been Highly Commended and received two surprise Special Mentions. You guys work so hard, so a huge THANK YOU!! Was there an announcement made about last year's winner and a publishing deal? Or have I missed that post somewhere along the line?

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  2. Thank you so much, Kaye! We love running the comp and delighting in everyone's talent. Last year's winner did receive a publishing deal but not with her winning entry; she was approached by another publisher and has had a different manuscript published with them. We will bring news of that when the cover of the book is ready!

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  3. Congratulations to all - what a wonderful achievement! And big cheers and kudos to KBR - especially Tania and my beautiful friend Susan Whelan. A mountain of work but such a fabulous service to and opportunity for the authors. xxx

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  4. A pleasure to be part of such a wonderful competition. Congratulations to all! So happy to have found Kids Book Review :) Ladies, you do a magnificent job!
    Renee Price

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  5. There's been such a lovely buzz around this competition - congratulations everyone.
    I shall be keeping an eye on bookshelves for these names in the future xxx

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  6. Read through the list and never found the name of anyone I knew. However it just made me aware of how many wonderful children's writers are out there. Congratulations to the winners.

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  7. So pleased to recognise a few mates amongst the winners' names. Well deserved by all I'm sure. Well done everyone. A competition gaining in purpose and momentum. Brilliant.

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  8. Congratulations to KBR for providing this opportunity for writers and illustrators and congratulations to everyone who entered. We are so lucky to have the support of BuzzWords and Pass It On, Walker Books and Penguin, and the dedicated judges. Well done everyone.

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