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. READ MORE
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Win a copy of The Crayons’ Christmas!
Win a complete set of the Stella Montgomery series!
The Sunday Telegraph and HarperCollins Children's Books are giving you the chance to win all three books in the Stella Montgomery series (Withering by Sea, Wormwood Mire and Wakestone Hall) by author Judith Rossell. Eleven-year-old orphan Stella leads a miserable life with her three dreadful Aunts. But one night, she sees something she shouldn’t have and sets forth on an adventure more terrifying and more wonderful than she could ever have hoped for. For your chance to win, tell us in 25 words or less what your idea of the ultimate adventure would be and why? Competition has now finished, winners will be notified by email.
Read a sneak peek: Just One Wish by Rachael Johns
Why the first page of a manuscript is so important
Unsurprisingly, first impressions are important when convincing publishers to take a chance on a manuscript. But there's a fine art to a good opening, and even the best story can be let down by a bad first page. Anna Valdinger, our Commercial Fiction Publisher, reads a lot of submission letters. So she knows a thing or two about what makes a manuscript stand out. We asked her to share a few top tips for writers to consider when submitting their work for The Banjo Prize. READ MORE
First Nations Fellowship
Commercial Fiction Fellowship for First Nations Writers Guidelines Flinders University of South Australia, Harlequin— a division of HarperCollinsPublishers Australia — and Writers SA invite applications for a Commercial Fiction Fellowship for First Nations Writers. In recognition of the scarcity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in Australian commercial fiction, this Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a writer to work closely with a leading industry expert and a major publishing house to bring a commercial manuscript for a novel to publishable standard. Writers SA and Flinders University will offer additional mentorship and support. READ MORE
Darry Fraser on loving the research for historical writing
Why do books make the perfect gifts?
You would think, wouldn’t you, that if you’re working in publishing, and surrounded by books, manuscripts and other people’s words, that you just don’t need anyone to be giving you books for presents at Christmas. That you just don’t need any more books, full stop. READ MORE
International Day of the Girl
The eleventh of October marks the International Day of the Girl. It's a day championed by the United Nations which aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. READ MORE
Updated Green Eggs and Ham
Have you always wondered what green eggs and ham from Dr Seuss' classic picture book of the same name, would actually taste like? Well, wonder no longer! Kate Young has re-imagined Green Eggs and Ham as a delicious, fresh and easy breakfast option in her Little Library Cookbook, which captures the magic and wonder of the meals enjoyed by some of our best-loved fictional characters. READ MORE