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HarperCollins partners with CBCA NSW on mentorship program

HarperCollins Australia is partnering with the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) NSW branch for the CBCA’s annual Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program for unpublished children’s authors.

Awarded as part of the annual Charlotte Waring Barton Award, the mentorship program will give one unpublished NSW author of children’s or YA fiction the opportunity to sit in on two three-hour sessions with a published author and three one-hour sessions with a publisher, editor and marketing communications manager at HarperCollins.

HarperCollins children’s publishing director Cristina Cappelluto says she is excited by ‘the possibilities that might arise from this partnership’. ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to discover a “literary legend” of the future?”’, said Cappelluto.

CBCA NSW branch president Gail Erskine said HarperCollins’ sponsorship of the program will ensure its continuation for another three years. ‘It presents a wonderful opportunity to new and emerging authors,’ said Erskine.

The program was previously sponsored by Penguin Random House.

For more information on the program and the Charlotte Waring Barton Award, click here.


Category: Junior Local news