A drama/mystery book concept entitled Knowing Olivia, which involves siblings separated by divorce, has won the inaugural Pitch Your Book Australia competition. Entrants each submitted a two-minute video presenting their idea for a book and the winner was selected from the top ten pitches. Selection criteria are ability to meet market demand, publishability and how well the pitch was presented. The judge this year was Australian publisher Pantera Press.

The aim of the Pitch Your Book Australia Competition is four-fold. Firstly, it aims to give writers with great ideas the ability to stand out in a very competitive industry. Conversely, it helps publishers find new talent. It also acts as a platform for writers to learn from one another and for ideas to spring from ideas. Finally it aims to entertain and be a fun competition for everyone who enters.

The team at Pitch Your Book Australia was thrilled with the number and quality of entrants this year. PanteraPress (this year’s publisher) was most impressed with the top ten pitches. They have invited a few of them to submit their manuscripts. Interviews with and feedback from the top ten can be read here. Videos are on PYBA’s YouTube channel.