Prize authors

Aura Parker

Aura Parker is an illustrator, writer and designer who creates picture books, prints and textiles. Her work is joyful, imaginative, and brimming with details to explore. Aura Parker's storytelling through words and pictures inspires imagination, courage and confidence in young readers. Aura works with watercolour, gouache, pen and coloured pencil with digital composition. She works from a studio in Sydney.

Image: Aura Parker - Kindergarten - Year 2 category

Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey worked in schools for many years but has had a passion for storytelling since she was a child. She is the author of the popular Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series, which have sold over one million copies in Australia alone. Her books have received numerous short-listings and awards.

Jacqueline speaks to thousands of young people at schools and festivals around the world, and says the characters in her books are often made up of the best bits of children she’s met over the years. While she is not a twin, like Kensy and Max she does have excellent powers of observation and has always thought she’d make a great spy. Jacqueline lives in Sydney and is currently working on more Kensy and Max and Alice-Miranda adventures, and some exciting new projects too.

Image: Jacqueline Harvey - Year 3 - 6 category

Allison Tait

Allison Tait (A. L. Tait) is the internationally published bestselling author of middle-grade adventure series The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher. A multi-genre writer, teacher and speaker with many years’ experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing, Allison is the co-host of the top-rating So You Want To Be A Writer podcast. The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery taps into her passion for historical fiction and adventure. Allison lives on the south coast of New South Wales with her family.

Image: Allison Tait - Year 7 - 9 category
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