Here we recognise the achievements of our Emerging Authors & Illustrators.

Every publication whether it be small or large is a milestone and they deserve to be celebrated.


  • Georgie Donaghey's Milestones

    • Lulu chosen and read by the Sutherland Shire Library for their 2015 Reading Hour promotion.
    • Picture book, Lulu released May 2015
    • Speaker at the 2015 CYA 10 year Anniversary Conference in Brisbane
    • Chief social media correspondent at the 2015 CYA Conference
    • Awarded grant from SCBWI Australia & NZ to attend the SCBWI Conference in July 2014
    • Roving Reporter of the 2014 SCBWI Australia & NZ Conference
    • Chairing the Writing, Pitching and Publishing a Series panel at the 2014 NSW Writers' Centre Kids & YA Festival
    • Head tweeter of the CYA Conference 2014

    Creative Kids Tales website:

    • Partner with the National Year of Reading 2012
    • Averaging 130,000+ hits per month
    • Archived with the National Library’s Pandora web archive
    • Partner with Love2Read for The Reading Hour campaign 2013
    • Started radio show The Author's Shelf on 2SSR 99.7FM - Sound of the Sutherland Shire
    • Georgie is also a reviewer for Creative Kids Tales


    • Two stories in the Sally Odgers' Prints Charming Anthology, Ssstories due for release in 2016.
    • Contracted by Dragon Tales Publishing Australia for her first picture book aimed for 4+ years. Released 2015.
    • Awarded 3rd Place in CYA 2014 Competition, Primary Picture Books category for I Like Dragonflies
    • Awarded Runner up in the 2014 DeeScribe Writing Adult Summer Writing Anthology Competition, Heat.  Now on sale through Amazon.
    • Shortlisted under both the Picture Books Preschool Category and Chapter Books - Older Reader Category in the 2013 CYA Competition.
    • Highly Commended place for Arthur Fales  1st page submission in Writing Classes for Kids Comp 2011

    To find out more about Georgie Donaghey please view her Author profile or visit her Author website.

    For a direct link to Georgie's achievements in the Writing Industry:

  • Kelly McDonald's Milestones

    • Commended award for The Hollow book one Amazing Grace.  Writing classes for Kids & Adults.
    • Highly Commended award for The Hidden Fey.  Writing classes for Kids & Adults.
    • Third place CYA conference for illustrations 2011
    • First place CYA conference for illustrations 2012

    To find out more about Kelly McDonald please view her Author profile.

  • Patricia Simmons' Milestones

    The real ‘Milestone’ for me was the decision at the beginning of 2010 to stop thinking about being a writer and actually start writing!

    What follows are the ‘Stepping Stones’ that make me happy and keep me motivated to write more:-

    Short Stories

    • Patricia (Pat) Simmons is pleased to announce that her short story, ‘Jimona’s Bones’  came second in the 2013 Best Little Bookshop in Town’s short story competition.
    • Winner of Best Little Book Shop in Town’s short story competition in 2010 with Eva and the Bookshop Man,  Third place in 2011 with Interview with the Cane Toad  and winner in 2012 with Dear Lewis Carroll.
    • Publication of short story, Snapdragon, in 2012 anthology Short and Twisted  (Celapene Press).
    • Mona the China Elephant  Commended Certificate from Dee White (Fact in Fiction Writing Competition October 2012).
    • Winner of BritWriters’ September 2012 Picture the Story, short story competition with The Challenge.
    • December 2014: ‘A Letter from Alice’  gained second place in CKT’s ‘The Journey’ competition and appears in the anthology ‘The Journey’.
    • April 2015: ‘Teach Me To Dance’  included in Sally Odgers’ soon to be published ‘Lucky Draw’ anthology.
    • July 2015: 1st prize in the Buzz Words ‘first 250 words’ story competition. Thank you Di Bates


    • Trim  published in Alphabet Soup Spring 2011.
    • Mrs. Chippy  accepted by School Magazine 2012.
    • Lunchtime  published in Hopscotch 2012 (Jelli Beanz publishing).
    • Mr. Pickle’s Pet Shop,  winner of Thynks Publications poetry competition and published in 50 Funny Poems for Children 2012.
    • Zoe’s Zoo  appears in the November edition of Positive Words magazine.
    • Frog Pie  accepted by Alphabet Soup for February 2013 publication.
    • Poem 'The Visit'  accepted for publication by Celapene Press in their anthology 'Short and Twisted 2013'
    • ‘Trim’  published in Looking Glass Magazine 2013
    • ‘Zoe’s Zoo’  has been kind to me:
      • April 2014 received Highly Commended in the Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial writing competition.
      • March 2015 accepted for publication in Looking Glass Magazine
    • ‘Humungous Fungus’  gained Highly Commended in PIO Spring Poetry competition December 2014
    • ‘Mrs. Chippy’  published in School Magazine ‘Blast Off’ February 2015
    • All the above poems will appear in my first published poetry collection, ‘All Creatures Cute and Quirky’  coming out later this year from Thynks Publishing UK. I’m now working on a second collection, ‘More Creatures Cute and Quirky.’
    • ‘A Kite’s Tale’  gained second place in PIO Spring 2013 competition.
    • ‘The Visit’  published by Thynks in their anthology, ‘Bards of Blidworth’  November 2014
    • I’m also delighted to have 11 poems in Sally Odgers’ Rhyming Anthology soon to be published.

    Flash Fiction 100 Words

    I must first thank author Sheryl Gwyther for creating her Flash Fiction group on Facebook. I’ve learned so much from being part of this group and now enjoy creating 100 word stories.

    • February 2015: ‘The Garden’  came in the top 10 Flash Fiction UK competition run by Earlyworks Press and will be included in their next anthology.
    • March 2015: ‘Precious’  accepted by Celapene Press for publication in the 2015 anthology ‘Short and Twisted’.
    • July 2015: 1st prize in the FAWQ flash fiction ‘harvest’ competition with my story ‘The Nightworker’

    To find out more about Patricia Simmons please view her Author profile.

  • Artelle Lenthall's Milestones

    • Published in the Zinewest 2014 Anthology in October 2014
    • Shortlisted for the Zinewest 2014 Writer's Competition in July 2014
    • short story, Being Different  published in Zinewest 2015

  • Caroline Tuohey's Milestones

    • May 2016 Forest Wonder rhyming picture book won the Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Fiction Section of the 2016 International Book Awards.
    • May 2016 Had rhyming poem ‘Fred, Ted and Ned’ published in the School Magazine’s Countdown Issue 5
    • May 2016 Was guest performance poet at the Batlow Cider Fest
    • March 2016 Was guest speaker at the Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Festival

  • June Perkins' Milestones

    • 2016 - I won an ASA mentorship for emerging picture book writing and have as a result several picture book manuscripts prepared and polished for pitching.
    • 2016 - I presented at the Sandcliffe Writer's Festival.
    • 2016  - I published Magic Fish Dreaming last year after crowd funding it and am distributing it mostly through independent bookshops in QLDand Tasmania at present.

  • 'The long-distance marathon of writing, illustrating and publishing usually begins along a very foggy road, in the dark, shoeless. But wait! What's that light on the horizon? A glowing little cafe, full of a bunch other runners plotting out mud-maps on napkins and exchanging anecdotes, warning about ditches and praising short-cuts. Stop for a while, have a cup of tea, maybe even a shoe-fitting, then get yourself back on the road for the long slog to sunrise.' -

    Shaun Tan
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a unique and valuable online resource for new and established authors. The site provides a wealth of information and insight into the children's writing world.' 'Thanks for all your support, Georgie, and keep up the good work.' -

    Aleesah Darlison
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is great. You can pick the brains of people who make stuff without having to stalk them or do anything illegal.' -

    Aaron Blabey
  • 'Creative Kids Tales has inspired, encouraged and supported not only the published, but also us hopefuls still learning the ways of the publishing world. Thanks for providing not only an amazing site to scroll and learn through, but also providing friendship and a real sense of chasing our dreams.' -

    Kelly McDonald
  • 'Wow! What a wonderful resource.
    Congrats to everyone involved with Creative Kids Tales.'

    George Ivanoff
  • 'Thanks for having me on Creative Kids Tales. It's a great resource for emerging writers and illustrators and I hope it will have a long future.'

    Sally Rippin
  • 'If there's anything emerging authors struggle with (beyond the dreaded writer's block), it's receiving recognition or even acknowledgment of their work – battling for a slice of that incredibly elusive publishing pie. Georgie Donaghey has created a priceless promotional and networking station that allows new authors to not only share their work, but gain the courage and nous to take their work to a whole new level. Creative Kids Tales is a valuable addition to Australia's burgeoning children's book market.' -

    Tania McCartney
  • 'The details available on this site, for emerging writers (or those emerged) is incredibly helpful. From creating stories- plotting, dialogue and character building- to the support writers can seek for their work, be it mentoring or seeking a publisher, it’s all there. An excellent easy-to-access writers’ site!'


    Libby Hathorn

  • 'CKT is like the friendly and helpful colleague I could have done with when I started out. Back then I didn’t know anyone who was a writer or illustrator of books.'


    Tohby Riddle

  • 'Creative Kids tales is the perfect place to go for inspiration and to recharge the creative batteries.'


    Frané Lessac

  • "Whether just starting out or with many books under your belt, Creative Kids Tales is the perfect place to go for all things writerly. Sharing the inner world is a wonderful thing for solitary writers, and it's all there on Georgie's website.
    Happy reading!" -

    Anna Fienberg
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a great forum for people who spend most of their working time alone. It is interesting and inspiring to see and hear what other authors and illustrators have to say.' -

    Lucy Cousins
  • 'I stumbled on to Creative Kids Tales by accident. I thought it was kid's tails. I'd been doing some research about goats and how their tails were actually a fifth leg, a very long time ago. Or did I just dream that? In any case, I was bitterly disappointed at first to find not tails, but tales. However, while I was at the site I had a wander around, and soon discovered that it was even better than a goat's site - no kidding! This is a brilliant haven for writers, new and not so new; a place to showcase their work and to learn from others.' Well done, Georgie. You've done a fantastic job. -

    Bill Condon
  • 'Once you find an easily-accessible, up-to-date and vibrant source of writing help and encouragement, you should value it and use it! Thanks to Creative Kids Tales, that’s all available, just with the tap of your finger:
    Well done, CKT team!' -

    Janeen Brian
  • 'It's easy to feel alone when writing, and clueless about what happens next. Creative Kids Tales offers answers and community - invaluable resources.'


    Claire Saxby

  • 'Georgie and the team at Creative Kids Tales have a wonderful passion for children’s stories, and this site is a wonderful place to visit to find and share ideas!
    Well done guys!' -

    Nick Falk
  • 'Creative Kids Tales provides such a valuable service. Writing can be a lonely business at times, and seeking publication can be daunting. So it is especially wonderful for writers to be able to access such a comprehensive site where information, experiences and the ups and downs of writing for kids can be shared.' Well done, Georgie! -

    Sue Whiting
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is an awesome resource you should totally check it out.' -

    R.A. Spratt
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a treasure trove of resources and insights, compiled with dedication and enthusiasm. A wonderful resource for anyone who is interested in picture books and children's literature.' -

    Sarah Davis
  • 'Everything you need is here, on Creative Kids Tales! Oh, how wonderful this would have been for the young Emma Quay, knowing she loved children’s picture books but not knowing a soul in the industry. Down to earth, comprehensive, friendly, realistic and encouraging advice — this is an invaluable resource. Bravo!' -

    Emma Quay
  • 'What a wonderful website Creative Kids Tales is, supporting and helping Australian authors in their quest through the dark thorny forest of the publishing world. Georgie should be congratulated for all her hard work and fearless leadership!' -

    Kate Forsyth
  • 'Wow! Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for writers, no matter what stage of their writing journey they are at. Congratulations, Georgie, on your attractive, easy-to-navigate website, your generosity to your fellow writers and your constantly evolving ideas. Thanks on behalf of all of us.' -

    Wendy Blaxland
  • 'It's about time that we had something like Creative Kids Tales. It's a treasure trove for information and news, plus it showcases talent from aspiring writers. It's a wonderful springboard for anyone who wants to dive into the Children books world!'
    Keep up the fabtastic work! -

    Oliver Phommavanh
  • Writing can be a lonely profession. By necessity, you need to work alone much of the time. But it is wonderful to have a website which eases that by connecting creators with each other and with a wealth of information and resources.
    Bravo! -

    Sally Murphy
  • 'What a great site! We all tend to work in isolation in our own little caves. It’s great to see all the other cave dwellers out there and realise we are not alone. What a great resource!'


    Bruce Whatley

  • 'Thanks for being such a strong advocate for children’s literature, the power of stories, and reading.
    Keep fighting the good fight and call on me anytime.'

    Tristan Bancks
  • 'Buckets of thanks to Georgie for creating Creative Kids Tales. There’s a wealth of wonderful information and resources for everyone interested in creating books for kids – and a warm sense of community.'

    Meredith Costain
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a lovely online meeting space brimming with support and ideas for writers.'


    Katrina Germein

  • 'Having been a publisher and an author and now proprietor of Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage, I am passionate about promoting children’s books. Creative Kids Tales is such a welcome part of this network and I salute them for their support and their inspiration to so many. On their seventh birthday I wish them many, many happy returns.'


    Margaret Hamilton

  • 'If a website can be described as 'homely' or 'a friendly place for emerging writers to visit' then that's how I would describe Creative Kids Tales. It's probably the only Australian website for children's writers that I visit regularly and actually feel part of. When I need motivation, interesting writers to read about, or just a peek at my own 'baby steps' towards being a published writer, I visit the Creative Kids Tales family.' A big thank you to Georgie and Rod for a great website. -

    (Pat) Patricia Simmons
  • 'Emerging from one's chrysalis of anonymity into the prodigious world of creative children's writing and publishing is a daunting prospect. Georgie Donaghey's Creative Kids Tales is a superlative source of inspiration and information for the bourgeoning writer and illustrator. She has created an invaluable platform from which writers, both developing and established, can view, promote and share each other's work, and most importantly aspirations. A fun, friendly, and informative forum that everyone in the kids' lit industry can benefit from.' Keep it up Georgie! -

    Dimity Powell
  • "What a wonderful website and wealth of resources. I wish I’d discovered it sooner - but I can still enjoy it now, and have added it to my list of resources for new writers."
    "Keep it up, Georgie!" -

    Wendy Orr
  • 'Creative Kids Tales offers new writers the joy of publication on their journey of craft and creativity.'
    'It’s a warm and wonderful home.'

    Susanne Gervay
  • 'Creative Kids Tales will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' -

    Jeff Kinney
  • What a terrific, enthusiastic, informative and creative resource - of value and interest to so many people.
    I'm delighted to be a part of it.

    Ursula Dubosarsky
  • 'Georgie Donaghey’s Creative Kids Tales is deservedly going gangbusters! What a wonderful forum and multi-storeyed resource for shiny new authors, legends of the industry and every writer in between!'

    DC Green
  • 'I wish Creative Kids Tales had been around when I was first starting out! What a brilliant way to connect with other authors and find out about the lovely world of kids books.' 'Go Georgie! I think you're amazing.' -

    Deborah Abela
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is such a great website for navigating this industry – not just for authors and illustrators, but for parents and teachers and librarians and publishers and kids and storytellers of all sorts. It’s awesome!' -

    Jules Faber
  • 'This is a great website. Nowadays, when getting published is so hard and staying published not much easier, everyone needs all the help they can get. And here's Help with a capital H!' 'Go Georgie! Creative Kids Tales is an inspiration for all writers of children's and YA fiction.' -

    Richard Harland
  • 'Creative Kids Tales contributes a wonderful sense of community to the Australian kids’ book scene, from sharing insightful interviews, to writing competitions and now a conference. It’s a great organisation to follow online and be a part of!'


    One More Page podcast

  • Creative Kids Tales offers a brilliant platform for established and emerging creators to keep in touch and learn from each other. That is a great thing for this most isolated of all professions (apart from On-site Antarctic Penguin Imitators). -

    Terry Denton
  • 'CKT is a great resource for both established and emerging authors. I like the way you're always coming up with new and exciting initiatives at your site. And I love reading the fascinating journeys and achievements of the writers you profile here.' -

    Dee White
  • 'Creative Kids Tales deserves all its accolades. Thanks to its creator, the site provides brilliant support, inspiration and encouragement for anyone who loves creating children's books. I have no hesitation in passing on your link.'
    Well done, Georgie! -

    Sheryl Gwyther
  • 'The Creative Kids Tales site is great fun and full of information about authors and their books!' -

    Isobelle Carmody
  • 'What a great asset you are to the children's book industry, Georgie.
    Long may Creative Kids Tales rule!'

    Paul Collins
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a fabulous community of passionate, hardworking and committed writers. If you're looking for new and exciting talent that's dedicated to the children's book industry - look no further than CKT!'


    Wai Chim

  • 'Creative Kids Tales would’ve been mighty handy to know about back when I was sitting about drawing and writing and having no idea what to do with any of it! Go explore and create knowing you have such an amazing resource at your back!'


    Heath McKenzie

  • 'Congratulations on a brilliant site, and a superb first year!'.
    Jackie French is Australian Children's Laureate for 2014 – 2015

    Jackie French
  • 'The thing I like about the Creative Kids Tales website is that the authors come across as real people who face the same problems that beginning writers do and that there’s plenty of practical advice.' -

    Duncan Ball
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a brilliant resource – for established writers and those just starting out. I wish it had been around when I was a new writer. There are lots of invaluable tips and great advice.
    Congratulations Georgie – it’s fabulous.' -

    Jacqueline Harvey
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is ambitious, specific and professional - the Top Tips section alone is a must-read for every aspiring children's writer.' -

    Jack Heath
  • 'CKT is such a valuable site for anybody wanting to learn a bit more about making children’s books. When time travelling becomes possible, I’ll steal all the info from this site and deliver it to my younger, aspiring self.'


    Peter Carnavas

  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for aspiring writers that showcases emerging and published authors and illustrators and provides links to publishers' websites, helpful hints and competitions.'

    Rachel Keyes
  • 'I love the grumpy cat videos, hahaha it's so grumpy ... oh, wait, wrong website. Ah yes, Creative Kids Tales. Brilliant! Getting published is an amazing, frustrating, brilliant, lonely, creative journey, and is awesome in that it helps both published and pre-published authors by providing support, inspiration, a community, and by allowing authors to learn from other authors, and who better is there to learn from .. .except maybe that grumpy cat, hahaha, hilarious.' -

    Adam Wallace
  • 'This site is such a wonderful resource for writers and illustrators at every stage of the journey. I've learned more about some of my favourite people in children's literature here, but also had the joy of discovering whole new worlds of talent.' -

    Anna Branford
  • 'What can I say? Well if you have clicked this far and uncovered these words you KNOW that this (Creative Kids Tales) is a terrific resource full of ideas and connections.
    SO dig deeper and get connected!' -

    Christopher Cheng
  • 'I’m thrilled to be Creative Kids Tales author of the month.' 'I hope in some small way by me taking part, I might help and inspire young authors and artists to follow their own artistic path.' 'The key I believe is to seek to enjoy what you do. Even though doing your best is a constant challenge I find it is a worthwhile one. So, get drawing and / or writing.' Good luck ! -

    Leigh Hobbs
  • 'Congratulations to Georgie Donaghey for her hard work and enthusiasm in setting up a site that has been sorely needed to promote current Australian children's writing. Not just for the established, but for up and coming, Creative Kids Tales showcases talent and provides information essential for anyone in the industry.' -

    Dianne (Di) Bates
  • 'I would have loved to have had access to when I was starting out! It's an invaluable source of information, inspiration and encouragement for both emerging (and fully-emerged!) writers.' -

    Andy Griffiths
  • 'CKT is informative, relevant, recent and fun! It’s an exceptional resource for anyone involved in children’s literature.'


    Tim Harris