Team Australia Final Pics


Elizabeth Rivera chose he Monster Under the Table

About the book:

The Monster Under the Dinner Table is a 486 word picture book manuscript aimed at ages 2-8. Picky eater Jack is happy to let the monster under his dining room table gobble his unwanted food for him, until the monster also eats the food Jack likes. Somehow he’ll have to stop the monster and defend his dinner (even if it’s got mushrooms).

About the author:

Marianna Cockcroft is a freelance writer and editor whose articles can be found in New Jersey Monthly magazine,, and The Record newspaper. In addition to 12 x 12, she is a member of NJSCBWI and Women Who Write, based in New Jersey.


 Holly Lowell chose Mario Defario

 About the book:

MARIO DEFARIO is a 370 word picture book. Mario DeFario is a playful, creative boy who would rather be outside helping his Granny in the garden than anywhere else. When the dirt builds up on him so thick that plants of all sorts begin taking root, his Granny announces his bath time. But Mario revolts in a stormy fit. He doesn’t want to go inside. Especially for bath time. So he convinces Granny to let him bathe in the yard with the garden hose, but he ends up making a mud puddle instead. And for Mario DeFario, mud puddles are way more fun than being clean.

About the author:

Holly Collingwood is a freelance writer in Colorado and has written parenting stories for The Greeley Tribune, Mamalode and Rocky Parenting. She has a BA in English, and a MBA. She has worked in the marketing industry for more than fifteen years.

Holly can be found on Twitter @WriteColl)


Tracey Cox chose Operation Photobomb

OPERATION PHOTOBOMB, a 360- word picture book for ages 4-8. Monkey finds a camera and a knack for photography in the rainforest. Unfortunately, cheeky Chameleon also gains a new hobby-photobombing. The animals attempt to stop him, but Chameleon is tricky, nimble and has 360- degree vision. He also has a secret weapon—camouflage. The animals hatch an unconventional plan that Chameleon (and readers) won’t see coming.

About the author:

Tara Luebbe is a member of SCBWI and a former children’s bookstore owner.


As a team we chose The Story Box as our alternative

About the book:

THE STORY BOX, a picture book for children ages 5 and up. The book highlights the idea that adventure (and story prompts!) can be found right around the corner, even in the urban landscape, and explores the heartfelt connection between a child and her grandmother.

Tamara, an African-American girl, and her grandmother create imaginary stories from the ordinary objects they find near the city park. Gum wrapper! Acorn! Bottle cap! The stories Tamara creates include pirate adventures, alien spaceships, and modern-day dinosaurs. She treasures the eclectic items they find and keeps them in a “story box” in her bedroom.

About the Author:

Jennifer Mary G is a former teacher turned education writer that has worked with publishers such as McGraw-Hill and The College Board. Most recent publications include a non-fiction short with Empty Sink Publishing and a poem in the December 2015 issue of From the Depths, a literary journal. She is a member of SCBWI.

You read more about Jennifer @


Twitter: @JenniferMaryG


#FicFest 2016 Team Australia

We are super excited to finally share with you our Team Name for this years #FicFest 2016! Say hello to Team Australia! With this team you will have three mentors for the Picture Book team.

I am Elizabeth Rivera and I am the Team Leader. The team members are Tracey Cox and Holly Lowell.

Meet Elizabeth: 




I am a mother, wife, teacher, and writer. I have been writing for over 25 years. I have self published two children’s chapter books and have written a third book that is based on the books of the bible. I am a member of Florida’s Writers Association and many of the writer’s groups on Facebook.







Wish List:

My wish list for this contest is to be engaged from the beginning of the story. I like unusual characters that don’t always fit in with what the world says. Picture Books with vivid illustrations that can tell the story with or with out words.

Meet Tracey:



Tracey M. Cox is a writer of words and a drawer of pictures. She is an advocate for children’s literacy and enjoys spreading her love of the written word around. Tracey is a member of SCBWI (PAL member) and the South Georgia Writer’s Guild. She is a KidLit TV team member. To help promote literacy in her area, Tracey started the biggest little book festival in South Georgia every year called the Books Love and Taters Book Festival.


Strong, believable characters
Basically anything that pulls me into a story and keeps me there. Make me love your characters and root for them through the situation they face.


Meet Holly:






So for some more up to date information you will need to follow the Official Blog of Author & Editor, TIffany Hofmann – Creator of #FicFest!

The Writer’s Nook

#FicFest Guidelines and Theme Reveal

I am one of the Team Leaders for the Picture Book #FicFest Contest. Today the Guidelines and the Theme were revealed on Tiffany’s Blog. If you are a writer, have a polished manuscript, and want to see if it is agent ready, then you need to click on the link below for all the information on how to enter this contest!

#FicFest Information

The Theme and Guidelines for #FicFest will be revealed on March 20th at Noon. If you have a finished manuscript and are looking for an agent, then I urge you to check out this contest. As a team leader for #PB, my team and I will be personally picking, choosing, help polish and doing so much more to get the manuscript ready for the Agent Round. Any writer, of any genre will be able to join the contest. Click on the link below to find out more information.

Kara’s Blog

#FicFest Writing Contest

Here are the Guidelines for the #FicFest Writing Contest. We have the teams ready to go and look forward to the contest start date. We  have a theme that will be announced very soon! You can visit Tiffany’s Website for all the great information.

FicFest Writing Contest – Tiffany Hofmann

This contest is open to all finished manuscripts and all genres for Children’s Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult. In this contest, each category will have three teams.

Teams will be made up of a Team Lead and two team members, who will pick three finalists and one alternate per team. This ensures that forty-five manuscripts will move on to the agent round, with fifteen manuscripts being held as alternates in case one of the finalists drops out of the contest.

Once the finalists are chosen, they will work with their teams on revisions for 8 weeks before the agent round. During the agent round, participating agents will be able to request partial/fulls from the manuscripts they want to see. There is no bidding, and no competition for agents.

They can request whatever intrigues them, giving everyone a huge opportunity to get requests and hopefully an agent for their manuscript. More rules, regulations, and details will be posted via the host and team lead blogs as the contest begins!

Please pass this information on to anyone who is a writer!!


Go write and have fun,


Elizabeth Rivera