Ali’s Literary CV

So Far…


  • The Remarkables is one of three titles on the 2021Times / Chicken House / IET 150 Prize SHORTLIST! OMG! (Plus, I had the privilege of communicating with Barry Cunningham, Chicken House Managing Director & Publisher + the man who famously gave JK Rowling her big break! )
  • The Remarkables makes the long list in the 2021 Times / Chicken House / IET 150 Prize. My first INTERNATIONAL award!
  • The Remarkables wins First Place in the YA category of the CYA Conference 2021 competition.
  • Signed a publishing agreement with Redback Publishing for my picture book manuscript Boogie Woogie Bird, illustrated by Sandra Severgnini
  • Historical Novel Society Australasia Elizabeth Jane Corbett Mentorship Prize WinnerThe Remarkables, Mentor: Dr Wendy Dunn
  • A new resource book, Babysitting Business Secrets by Matt Taylor, is released (I’m a contributing editor)


  • Historical Novel Society Australasia Elizabeth Corbett Mentorship Prize ShortlistThe Remarkables
  • Contributor and Editor
  • Revamping Saving Arcadia
  • New ARA (State Director) of SCBWI Queensland, a division of SCBWI Australia East/ New Zealand
  • Presenter at SCBWI QLD Autumn Quarterly Meeting


  • SCBWI – QLD ARA (State Director)
  • SCBWI – QLD State Conference Executive Committee
  • Presenter at SCBWL QLD State Conference
  • Awarded arts grant – Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) from Arts Queensland and the Sunshine Coast Council for a mentorship with a top Australian kidlit author – Dee White
  • Artist-in-Residence with Kellie Byrnes at the Crows Nest (photo below), Sunshine Coast Council Creative Spaces Initiative
  • CBCA NSW Aspiring Writers’ Mentorship Program Longlist – Saving Arcadia
  • CBCA Book Week Guest Author & Workshop Presenter – Saving Arcadia
The Crows Nest Creative Residency (Permission granted for use of photo)


  • SCBWI Queensland Sunshine Coast Sub-branch Coordinator
  • Launches Sunshine Coast Writers’ Roundtable, building creative community
  • CBCA Book Week Guest Author & Workshop Presenter
  • Launches full-time writing career




  • Screening Screen Use: Preparing Students for Healthy Technology Use published in Screen Education magazine [Issue 77, Autumn 2015]
  • Toby Fitzroy & The Quest for the Scales of Time, a middle grade novel, is born and launched into the literary world, receiving  requests for full manuscripts from five Australian publishers and one American agent. Unfortunately, no one claims it.


  • The Hunting of the Muse ranks 6th in the CYA Conference Competition (Middle Grade Category) and generates full MS requests from an Aussie publishing professional and an agent
  • Ali wins a placement with as a blogging superhero (aka a Content Press Assistant)
  • Ali completes Set for Life Senior Secondary and Middle School Life Skills curriculum package


  • Summer of the Silk Dragon is shopped to several major US publishers but doesn’t find a home.
  • One Shandy Too Many short-listed and published on Australian Literature Review
  • Foul Play at Winterfest submitted to a well-known mystery series for ghostwriting op
  • 1:1 Learning with iPads: One Middle School’s Experience is published in Adolescent Success journal [Volume 13, Number 2]


  • Scorned won the Gold Coast Writers’ Festival Conference Contest
  • Empty Nest got an honourable mention at the Gold Coast Writers’ Fest
  • A New York literary agency signed Ali for Summer of the Silk Dragon. 


  • Saving Aggie Blue placed second in CYA Conference Contest (YA Category)
  • A Thousand Miles to Meet wasn’t short-listed in the CYA Contest, but it came in fifth place! (YA Category)
  • Alison completes e-Quipped Digital Citizenship & Cybersafety curriculum package


  • Photophobia placed third in CYA Conference (YA category)


  • Ali’s Writing Apprenticeship

And while all of the above is going on, Ali is slowly building a freelance content creation business and blogging up a storm here and elsewhere on the web.

Ali is a proud member of:

  • SCBWI Australia East\New Zealand
  • Book Links

Ali Applauds

  • The Pyjama Foundation – Literacy Mentoring for Kids in Care

Photo by Olia Gozha on Unsplash