Ali’s Literary CV

So Far…


Out in March 2022
  • Boogie Woogie Bird is released!
  • The SCBWI Queensland Sunshine Coast Lighthouse Residency dream finally came to fruition after several COVID-related delays in 2021. The best part wasn’t being the first kidlit author-in-residence in this magnificent space; it was sharing it with four talented children’s book creators. Many thanks to the Sunshine Coast Council and the Friends of the Caloundra Lighthouses for making this opportunity available.
Image used with permission from the Friends of the Caloundra Lighthouses (from their Facebook Page)


  • Literary agent Lucy Irvine of Peters, Fraser & Dunlop Literary Agency (PFD) offers representation.
  • The Remarkables wins the 2021 Times / Chicken House / IET 150 Prize
  • The Remarkables is one of three titles on the 2021Times / Chicken House / IET 150 Prize SHORTLIST
  • 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.
  • Hosted SCBWI QLD’s Bibliotherapy Symposium – Kids, Helpers & Books that Heal, an online event that unpacked bibliotherapy and the children’s publishing niche devoted to creating books for kids’ helping professionals and social-emotional wellbeing.
  • 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
  • Australian Society of Authors
  • The Historical Novel Society
  • Book Links

Ali Applauds

  • The Pyjama Foundation – Literacy Mentoring for Kids in Care

Photo by Olia Gozha on Unsplash

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