Publishing Calendar 2018

A publishing calendar for key dates in the Australian children’s trade picture book market for the upcoming year.

Year round submissions

Full list of Australian children’s book publishers and their submission information


1st February, 2018

Penguin submissions open

20th-28th February, 2018

Wombat Books open for unsolicited PB submissions

1st March

IP Kidz submissions open

24 March 2018

Creating Picture Books: featuring Freya Blackwood. Pinerolo, Blue Mountains.

4th April 2018

CYA Writer’s and Illustrator’s Competition closes

30 April-06 May 2018

Sydney Writer’s Festival, Sydney & Blue Mountains

1st May, 2018

Writers’ Unleashed Picture Book Writing Competition (to be confirmed)

1st – 30th June, 2018

Scribble open for unsolicited PB submissions from writers and illustrators

7th july, 2018

13th Children’s and Young Adult Writers And Illustrators Conference, Brisbane

20th July, 2018

Closing date for the Ampersand Prize – Hardie Grant Egmont

31st July, 2018

Closing date for the School Magazine illustrator eligibility list.

Closing date for the CBCA (NSW) Aspiring Writer’s Mentorship Program (Harper Collins)

18th august 2018

Writer’s Unleashed Festival, Sutherland Shire


30th November, 2018

Closing date for Penguin submissions

30th December, 2018

Closing date for IP Kidz submissions

Pencil into your diary

31st May- 2nd June, 2019

CBCA National Conference, Canberra



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