If I submit a manuscript can you assess it for me?
Yes. Creative Kids Tales offers a Manuscript Assessment service
. Your Assessment will be carried out by our team of assessors consisting of Editors, published Authors and avid readers of the children’s genre. You’ll receive a feedback sheet and written report. You can find out more about our Assessment Service here
Are you a publisher?
No, but with lots of emerging authors under the one roof we hope to attract publishers to us. Who knows you may go from emerging author to published author just by joining our website. You can also check out our 'Children's Book Publishers in Australia'
page for a comprehensive listing of publishers in Australia who publish Children's books.
Do I still own my own work once I have submitted?
Absolutely. We make no claim on your work. We do not aim to benefit financially from any work published as a result of submissions to our website. Our aim is to help you reach your ultimate goal, mainstream publication. See our 'Membership'
page for more details.
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If you mean published because you are self published, or had your work printed via winning writing competitions, printed in magazines etc then yes we would love to add you to our website. If you are published by a mainstream publisher we are unable to feature you as an emerging author. But with that said, we would love to interview you as a ‘featured author’ of the month. Please drop us an email at
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We would prefer to receive the work directly from the author. Please send us a photo and short bio with your submission to be included on the website. You can find out more on our 'How It Works'
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How old do you have to be to submit an entry?
We can’t accept children’s entries at this time. You must be between 18-110 years old. Your work must be original and written for children. Please make sure you send it in Word format
and no more than 500 words in total. We’ll accept short stories, picture book stories, poems, chapter books or novels as long as you keep your submissions to a maximum of 500 words. If you would like more information, please go to our 'How It Works'
Can I submit unfinished work?
Yes, if you like. Think of us as shop window, whatever you submit will be displayed as you have presented it to us. We will not edit, format or change your submission in anyway. It’s crucial you follow our submission guidelines
('How It Works'
page) to have your work presented in the best possible manner.
If we have not answered your question, please email us at and we’ll do our best to help you.