First Look is an opportunity for illustrators who are considering publishing a picture book to share their illustrations with a panel of international publishing experts who will view the illustrations and comment on the illustrations before an audience.

First Look is open to all Writers & Illustrators Conference participants, submissions required prior to the Festival.

Illustrators are invited to submit six unpublished illustrations by 18 May 2016, Friday, to be reviewed and commented on by a panel of international publishing experts before an audience.

The Panellists

Calef Brown

Author and Illustrator (USA)

David Liew

Illustrator, cartoonist, sculptor and model-maker (Singapore)

Naomi Kojima 

Author and Illustrator (Japan)

Kyle Hughes-Odgers
Artist and Author (Australia)


Christopher Cheng

Author (Australia)

Interested participants can contact Judi at [email protected].

Submission Guidelines Information Sheet