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HarperCollins partners with Children’s Book Council of Australia



HarperCollins partners with Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW Branch Inc to support local children’s authors


2016 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program


HarperCollins Children’s Books is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW Branch Inc for their Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program.


This new collaboration will see HarperCollins Children’s Books and the CBCA NSW Branch work together on one of the council’s most prestigious annual programs that aims to support unpublished Australian children’s authors.


Each year the Charlotte Waring Barton Award is presented at the annual CBCA NSW Lady Cutler Dinner in November to an unpublished author residing in NSW. With the award also comes the opportunity for the author to work with a leading publisher and further develop their talent through the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program.


This year’s winner will receive extensive mentoring from HarperCollins Children’s Books involving two three-hour guidance sessions with a published author, as well as an additional three hours with HarperCollins staff, including a publisher, an editor and a marketing communications manager.


On partnering with the CBCA NSW Branch Inc, Cristina Cappelluto, Children’s Publishing Director, HarperCollins Publishers Australia, says: ‘As the oldest publisher in Australia, HarperCollins is privileged to be the home of some of this country’s true literary legends — from May Gibbs, Norman Lindsay and Ruth Park through to more contemporary writers such as Jackie French. These authors have all had a tremendous impact on our culture and society, and it’s very exciting to consider the possibilities that might arise from this partnership with the CBCA NSW Branch. Wouldn’t it be nice to discover a “literary legend” of the future?’


Gail Erskine, President, CBCA NSW Branch Inc, also says: ‘CBCA NSW Branch is delighted to welcome HarperCollins Publishers Australia as our new sponsor for the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program. This sponsorship ensures the continuation of this exciting program for the next three years. It presents a wonderful opportunity to new and emerging authors.’


Entries for the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program opened to NSW residents on 1 March 2016 and the closing date for submissions has now been extended to 14 September 2016 in light of this announcement.


To learn more about this exciting opportunity and to submit a manuscript, please visit:

For further information and interviews, please contact:

Holly Frendo, Publicity Manager

T: 02 9952 5072

E: [email protected]

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September 7, 2016


HarperCollins partners with Children’s Book Council of Australia


Holly Frendo

02 9952 5072

[email protected]