The Matilda Children’s Literature Prize and the Magic of Storytelling with Publisher, Lisa Berryman

Storytelling is at the heart of everything we do at HarperCollins Children’s Books, be it creating beautiful picture books for very young children, books with more accessible text for those who are learning how to read, or page-turning books for children who are more confident readers, we know the power of a good story. And in a world where kids are surrounded by the temptations of the digital world, we know that the very best books will attract the attention of our young audience.

As one of the oldest publishing houses in Australia, we have been publishing children’s books for a very long time, and indeed published our first children’s book, appropriately called Teens by Louise Mack, in 1897. And since then, we have created a collection of children’s classics that includes much-loved favourites such as Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and The Magic Pudding. Iconic books for so many Australians, as it is books like these that contribute to the overall makeup of your childhood memories.

Books can also contribute to who we become as people – and can change the way we see the world. They can make us kinder, more thoughtful and more empathetic. Books are the best of companions when you feel a bit lonely or sad, and the gateway to a million exciting places when you want to escape. Characters in books can feel like friends; people you feel you understand and long to meet, and also feel sure would understand you as well.  And places in books can feel as real and comforting as your own house or bedroom, or as exotic as a moonscape. That is the power of books; of words; of story.

And in our endless search for the very best books, we are so excited by the launch of the Matilda Prize. A writing prize just for children’s books that we feel sure will unearth some exciting new writing talent.

We are looking for manuscripts, both fiction and non-fiction, for middle grade and young adult readers. And we are keen to see writers show us the Australia we live in, filled with people from many diverse backgrounds. People of all ages can send us their manuscripts, although if you are under eighteen we will need permission from a parent or guardian.

We are itching to hear from as many diverse voices as possible, and from both emerging and published authors. So, no matter where you are or what it is you have tucked away in that bottom drawer –  or maybe it’s the start of something scribbled in a notebook –  think about sending your manuscript to us as are keen to hear from you!

Posted on December 11, 2019 by

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