Creative fellowship for emerging children's author or illustrator (closing 31 October)

Are you an emerging children's or YA author or illustrator whose "work is unpublished or self-published, or whose work is as yet published solely by educational publishers, or who has created no more than one commercially published book"?  If you are, this information may be of interest to you:
The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship is a new fellowship, created by the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust to honour founding Chair, the late Honourable Ian Wilson AM.

The inaugural Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship will give one emerging author or illustrator creative time away from home in the Trust’s Adelaide studio, Osmond Terrace, Norwood, SA 5062.

The Fellowship is for a maximum of 22 days/21 nights and must be taken up during March 2017.

You can find more information HERE about eligibility and selection criteria, but be quick because applications close 31 October!

New Zealand News

New Zealand had quite a presence at the Australia East/NZ Conference with both Frances Plumpton and Maria Gill participating in panel discussions, roving and reporting and assisting in critiques.
Maria Gill was one of the Dynamic Duos who, along with her publisher Claire Halifax, Scholastic Australia, discussed the process of researching her award-winning book Anzac Heroes. She was also very busy as one of the indefatigable Roving Reporters.
Frances Plumpton joined Suzanne Gervay to talk about SCBWI’s involvement with the Bologna Book Fair and then chaired the Ideas to Publication panel where Lisa Berryman (editor HarperCollins) writer Jen Storer and illustrator Lucinda Gifford talked about their work on The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack, and Belinda Murrell, author and Selina Geddes, illustrator about their collaboration on the very popular Lulu Bell series (Penguin RandomHouse). Frances also met with several writers whose work she critiqued.
Maria Gill was also one of the stellar lineup of authors and illustrators who talked about their latest titles at The Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft on Wednesday evening.
NZ SCBWI members should check out the Storylines The Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand awards for writers and illustrators. Unpublished writers are eligible for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a manuscript for readers 7-13, unpublished illustrators for the Gavin Bishop Award and the Joy Cowley picture book award is open for both published or unpublished writers.
Several  Australia East/NZ SCBWI members presented papers at the very successful IBBY World Congress held in Auckland in August and attended by almost 500 delegates from 60 countries.
Frances Plumpton

SCBWI Success Stories: Renee Treml

Renee Treml

Renee Treml

Here is another SCBWI Success Story—this time involving the Illustrator Showcase and the fabulous illustrator Renee Treml!

"At the 2014 Conference, I displayed my illustrations at the Portfolio Showcase.  A few weeks later I was contacted by Tiffany Malins of Scholastic Australia to illustrate a new Father’s Day Book, Daddy, You’re Awesome!  It was the first book I illustrated that I didn’t also write and it was a fantastic experience.  The team at Scholastic were very supportive and encouraging.  This book led to a second project illustrating Jess Black’s Moon Dance (Scholastic 2015)."