Voices on the Coast – 19-22 July

There are still tickets to the two student days at USC Sunshine Coast, but there are also a range of Voices Plus events that may interest many SCBWI members.

  • Free workshops with Nick Earls (Maroochydore Library) and Mandy Ord (Cooroy Library) on Wednesday 19 July. Bookings essential.
  • Qld Writers Centre session - Why you should be reading YA (Young Adult), Thursday 20 July 2017, 12.00pm-1.00pm, $14, USC Sunshine Coast
  • Grab ‘em, grow ‘em, keep ‘em:  Keep boys reading at any age. Authors Mick Elliott, Jack Heath and Mark Smith discuss how to grab, keep and grow boys into reading. Thursday 20 July 2017 5.15pm-6.15pm | $10, Immanuel Lutheran College
  • Literary Gourmet Feasting, Festival Launch - A taste of the Festival. Celebrate with authors, illustrators and poets. Finger food, dinner & drinks. Thursday 20 July 2017 6.30pm | $55, Immanuel Lutheran College
  • Literary Breakfast with Caroline Jane. In 2014, Caroline, fifth great niece of legendary author Jane Austen, launched the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation to increase literacy rates in the world’s poorest communities. Saturday 22 July 2017 7.30am | $40, Maroochy Surf Club, Maroochydore

Full session details and bookings can be made on the website: www.voicesonthecoast.com.au. Or telephone the Voices office on 5477 3437 to book tickets.

Volunteering – if you would like to be a volunteer for the student sessions for Voices on the Coast please contact Kelly in the Voices office. This is a great opportunity to listen to author sessions across the two days. Tasks include taking tickets at the door for each session and then attending the session as an adult supervisor.



Call for entries: The second Global Illustration Award will be awarded at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Grand Award winner to receive 6,000 euros

Organised in conjunction with the International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA), the Frankfurter Buchmesse has announced the second Global Illustration Award (GIA). Designed to attract entries from around the world, the competition will be operated exclusively by IlluSalon, a global illustration resource platform based in Asia. Illustrators from all around the world can submit entries until 14 July 2017.

Prizes will be awarded in five categories: book illustration, original unpublished children’s picture book project, advertising and editorial illustration, scientific illustration and theme illustration. The topic of this year’s theme category is “French – diversity and creativity”, highlighting central aspects of the 2017 Guest of Honour presentation at the Book Fair. The Grand Award winner is to receive 6,000 euros, the Gold Award winners will each receive 2,000 euros, and the Excellent Award winners 1,000 euros each.

Last year’s award garnered over 10,000 entries from more than 50 countries in two months. “We are thrilled about the success of the first year of the Global Illustration Award,” says Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse. “The overwhelming number of entries last year shows that there is a need for such an award honouring and putting in the spotlight the work of international illustrators. We are looking forward to this year’s submissions.”

“A beginning like that was well above expectations; it was – for us – nothing short of a miracle”, says IlluSalon founder Mingliang Hou. “Through establishing this award and working with the Frankfurter Buchmesse, we hope to provide a platform for illustrators to display their talent and to communicate with one another. We also hope that rich and colourful illustrations can help drive growth in the content industry.” 

Amongst this year’s judges are Bettina Schulz, Editor in Chief, novum; Aljoscha Blau, illustrator and book artist; Professor Reinhard Schulz-Schaeffer, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences; Christopher Hudson, Publisher, The Museum of Modern Art New York; Professor Martin Salisbury, Director, The Centre for Children's Book Studies, Cambridge School of Art; Zhang Mingzhou, Vice President of IBBY China section, China Children's Press & Publication Group (CCPPG). 

Entries for the competition can be submitted until 14 July 2017 via the award’s website:www.illusalon.com/Home/Award

Contact for illustrators:
Catherine Li, IlluSalon, tel.: +86 186 0023 2749, catherineli@illusalon.com
Leonie Weidel, German Book Information Centre (BIZ) Beijing, tel.: +86 10 8527 6024,weidel@biz-beijing.org 

Last year’s Global Illustration Award winners can be viewed here:www.illusalon.com/AwardResults/Section7_gold_award_list?yearAwardId=21&typeId=73&year=2016

About the ICIA
The ICIA is an international, apolitical, non-profit organisation based in Hong Kong. The organisation advocates the protection and maintenance of the rights and interests of the content industry in light of new technology. Learn more about the association and its work on the website: http://www.icia-international.org/index.php

About the Frankfurter Buchmesse
The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,150 exhibitors from 106 countries, around 278,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers - in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. www.book-fair.com

SCBWI Success Story—Alyssa Bermudez


I've been a member of SCBWI since about 2014 when I was still living in New York and setting new goals to break out in children's publishing. I absorbed a lot of the information on offer, and was working at the time towards a MFA but didn't quite feel like I had enough of a children's style to set myself apart from the amazing illustration community already out there. When I left my job and hometown and moved to Tasmania in January of 2015, I really dove further into creating more work and getting it in front of people. Naturally I uploaded my children's oriented pieces to the SCBWI showcase online and used "The Book" to get in touch with publishers directly. 

In January of 2016 I got an email from POW! Kids Books, an imprint from the art and photography publisher, Powerhouse Books in New York. The editor wrote that they were working on a new book and the author, Cynthia Leonor Garza, had submitted my name as her choice illustrator for it, and magically the editor agreed! She later informed me that she found me through SCBWI searches, and that led them all to my website. 

We held a Skype meeting together from all different parts of the world, and we discussed the look and feel of the story, scene and characters. I spent several months on the artwork which consisted of watercolour and digital painting techniques. Working with a small publisher provides a bit more attention and openness to the design of the book, so I was pleased to be able to do the lettering and design for the cover as well. The team at POW! picked stunningly rich papers and exciting text placement for the inside and it was published and distributed worldwide in March 2017! This book is both Cynthia's and my debut book, and what an amazing first experience it has been! 

It has been reviewed by Kirkus, The School Library Journal, and many other fabulous people. I have SCBWI to thank for putting me in the right place at the right time. 


Lucia The Luchadora, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza, published by POW! Kids. 

Available online and in stores. 





Thank you!!