Publishing Calendar 2020

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

Penguin submissions open

7th February, 2020

The $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

14th February, 2020

Little Pink Dog Books. One day submission only.

20th-28th February, 2020

Wombat Books open for unsolicited PB submissions

1st March

IP Kidz submissions open

March 2020

TBC: Creating Picture Books. Pinerolo, Blue Mountains.

31st March, 2020

AAA Professional Development Conference 2020

Focus: Information Text in a Digital Age + CBCA Short List

4th April 2020

CYA Writer’s and Illustrator’s Competition closes


27 April 2020

Writers Unleashed Picture Book Writing Competition.

Opens 2nd March 2020

27 April–03 May 2020.

Sydney Writer’s Festival. Program will be announced mid-March 2020.

30 April 2020

Children’s Fiction Submissions Berbay Publishing
Berbay Publishing will be accepting chapter book and junior fiction submissions for readers aged 6–12. New and previously published authors are invited to send a cover letter and the first 50 pages of their novel to


1st – 30th June, 2020

Scribble open for unsolicited PB submissions from writers and illustrators

10 – 12 July 2020
CYA All-Stars Writers & Illustrators Conference

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

July, 2020

TBC:  Ampersand Prize – Hardie Grant Egmont

July, 2020

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


29th July, 2020

Walker Wednesday one day submission. News release & FAQ

1th August 2020

Writer’s Unleashed Festival, Sutherland Shire

22 – 28 August 2020

CBCA Book Week 2020

Children’s Book Council of Australia
Theme: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds

12th September, 2020

Creating Picture Books @ Pinerolo

One-day course on creating picture books is on 12 September with Tohby Riddle.

14th September, 2020

Online Feedback: Children’s Books with Aleesah Darlison @ NSW Writer’s Centre

14 September to 27 November 2020


17th October, 2020

Children’s Book Assessments @ NSW Writer’s Centre


25th November, 2020

Walker Wednesday one day submission. News release & FAQ

30th November, 2020

Closing date for Penguin submissions

30th December, 2020

Closing date for IP Kidz submissions

Pencil into your diary

Kids & YA Festival 2020

The Writing NSW Kids & YA Festival will now take place on Saturday 13 March, 2021


CBCA National Conference, Canberra (date yet to be determined)


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