An author of books for both children and adults, Tania McCartney has been writing professionally for almost 30 years. An experienced magazine writer and editor, she has over a thousand columns, feature articles, news articles or reviews, both in print and online. She also has over ten years' experience in book publishing, layout and design.

During her time China (2005-2009), Tania was an editor, features writer and columnist for several English language publications, and has also written for several major sites and magazines in Australia and internationally.

Tania has lived in France, England, China and almost every Australian state and territory. She currently lives in Canberra, Australia.

career roles

magazine + webs articles
A comprehensive list can be found here.

kids' book review
Tania's great passion is Kids' Book Review which she founded in 2009, and is now run by a sensational team headed by author Dimity Powell.



52-week illustration challenge
Tania founded the hugely successful 52-Week Illustration Challenge in January 2014. It now has thousands of members posting artwork weekly. The Challenge is under the direction of Nicky Johnston for 2015, 2016 and 2017. See the Facebook page here and the blog here.

image: Penny Fisher

school visits + speaking
Tania is an experienced presenter, available to visit schools, libraries and other organisations, to read books and present or speak on a wide range of topics from publishing to marketing and story writing. She has run workshops through various schools and organisations including the ACT Writers Centre, the Australian Society of Authors, the Children's Book Council of Australia, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Asian Festival of Children's Content (Singapore). See more here or send an an email to - booksATtaniamccartneyDOTcom to make an inquiry.

notable achievements + awards
  • MGCLT May Gibbs Fellowship to Adelaide, 2018
  • Australia Illustrated shortlisted in the 2017 Speech Pathology Awards
  • Smile Cry wins the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Australia/New Zealand, 2017
  • Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature (CBCA ACT), March 2017
  • Smile Cry a Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards (2017)
  • Inclusion in the Australian Society of Authors' The Style File
  • This is Captain Cook, Highly Commended, ACT Writing and Publishing Awards, 2016
  • Australian Kids Through the Years a Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards (2016)
  • This is Captain Cook shortlisted Museums Australasia Multimedia Publication Design Awards (2016)
  • Beijing Tai Tai translated into simplified Chinese and published in China (2016)
  • An Aussie Year shortlisted in the picture book category for the WA Young Readers' Book Award for 2016
  • ACT Chief Minister's Reading Challenge - Ambassador (2016, 2017)
  • Shortlisted and Runner-Up, ACT Writing and Publishing Awards, Children's Category for Tottie and Dot (2015)
  • Australian Kids Through the Years featured book and visual inspiration for the Australian Bookseller's Association Kids' Reading Guide, 2015/2016
  • Grant for work-in-progress from ArtsACT (October 2015)
  • Very first Kirkus review (for Peas in a Pod, June 2015)
  • Presenter and Panelist, Asian Festival of Children's Content, Singapore (2015)
  • Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo chosen by the ACT Government as official gift for royal baby, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
  • Workshop presenter for SCBWI, Perth (2015)
  • Books in Homes - role model
  • Winner, ACT Writing and Publishing Awards, Children's Category for An Aussie Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Australian Kids (2014)
  • Highly Commended for When I Was Little, Emerging Illustrator Mentorship, Australian Society of Authors (2014)
  • Presenter, SCWBI Sydney Conference (2014)
  • Panelist (+ chair) for the CBCA Canberra Conference (2014)
  • Workshop presenter for the Australian Society of Authors (2014)
  • Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo equal second place, Outstanding Picture Book, University of Canberra's Get Real Canberra Award
  • Featured author, Griffith Readers' Festival (2012)
  • Second-placing for Ella McZoo: Animal Whisperer in the CYA unpublished manuscript awards, Brisbane
  • Workshop presenter for the ACT Writers Centre
  • Shortlisted and highly commended for How to Be Ten in the CYA unpublished manuscript awards, Brisbane
  • Highly commended for short story The Books, National Year of Reading’s It’s Never Too Late to Learn to Read competition
  • Keynote speaker, International Women’s Day event, Cowra
  • Featured author at the Smith Family’s Government House Open Day
  • Riley and the Sleeping Dragon appears in the Australian Bookseller Association’s Kids Reading Guide 2009/2010

memberships + affiliations
  • Chief Minister's Reading Challenge - ambassador
  • Australian Society of Authors (ASA) - member 
  • The Style File - illustrator
  • Society of Australian Book Writers and (SCBWI) Illustrators - member, ACT Branch consultant
  • Children's Book Council of Australia - lifetime member
  • The National Year of Reading (2012) - ambassador
  • ACT Chief Minister's Reading Challenge (2016, 2017) - ambassador
  • Love2Read Canberra - friend
  • The Reading Hour - ambassador
  • Books in Homes - role model
  • Libraries ACT Reading Champion - friend
  • Indigenous Literacy Foundation - support via Kids' Book Review
  • Australian Festival of Australian Children's Literature - social networker
  • Kids' Book Review - founder 
  • 52-Week Illustration Challenge - founder

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