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Storylines Profiles

Welcome to the Storylines online database which contains information on New Zealand children's and young adults' authors, illustrators, storytellers and others involved with children's books.

The profiles are presented based on the best information available. To update or amend content of your current Profile, please fill in this form and email it to us

Criteria for Author Profiles on Storylines website

The Storylines Author Profiles is a comprehensive database of New Zealand authors and illustrators who have published books for children and young adults, and of those (e.g. academics, literary agents, commentators) who have made a significant contribution to children’s publishing.  Applications for inclusion are welcomed.  The general criteria for acceptance are:

  • For those published by recognised trade publishers, one printed book (fiction or non-fiction) which has won a major children’s or YA award, or at least three printed books for children or YA, published either as ‘trade’ or as ‘educational’ books, along with a relevant CV. 
  • For self-published authors, at least three printed books (fiction or non-fiction) and a CV which demonstrates some public recognition as a children’s/YA writer. 
  • Authors and illustrators who have self-published only online are generally outside the criteria, but are invited to make a case for inclusion. 
Each application will be considered by Storylines and the applicant advised. 
If you wish to be considered by Storylines for inclusion in the Profiles, please use the form and include a brief CV as indicated,  list of publications and a head and shoulders photo in .jpg format.  

Note that the profiles are organised using each author's surname (family or last name, thus Joy Cowley will be under C and Tessa Duder will be under D).

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Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature



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