Early Harvest


Early Harvest is a dynamic program that brings together an editorial board of upper-primary students, and provides them with mentoring and workshops to publish an issue of the yearly literary journal early harvest.

With advice from publishing professionals, students invite submissions, select authors, commission artists, edit stories, create illustration briefs and produce a literary magazine that showcases young, emerging writers alongside popular, award-winning authors and illustrators. The workshops and submission process bring together children from a wide range of backgrounds.

In 2018, we are collaborating with five schools in Greater Dandenong to integrate this publishing project for 10 to 12-year-olds into narrative unit. Give your class the opportunity to write, edit and submit work for publication in issue seven of early harvest!

In 2017, we collaborated with schools across Melbourne’s west to publish issue six of early harvest, a magazine for children by children. You can order your copy of early harvest issue six below!


It is early harvest issue six!


early harvest issue six


In 2017, the young editors of Early Harvest hit the beat in Brimbank and uncovered many a crime and murder mystery lurking in local schools.

The theme of early harvest issue six is CRIME and MURDER MYSTERY and the young editors have brought together a host of colourful, diabolical characters and plots for you. Look out for caterpillars that kill, books that wail, shootouts at abandoned carnivals and the world’s worst detective who also happens to be a panda!

The issue features contributions by Andy Griffiths (author of the Treehouse series), Davina Bell (author of The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade and Oh, Albert!), Andrew McDonald (author of Son of Death and The Greatest Blogger in the World), George Ivanoff (author of You Choose series) and young editors and  writers at schools in Melbourne’s west including Christ the King, Gengala, Holy Eucharist St Albans, St Albans Heights, St Bernadette’s Catholic, St Monica’s Catholic, St Peter’s Catholic, St Theresa’s Albion, Wembley, Yarraville West and Caroline Chisholm Catholic College.

All profits from sales of early harvest go back to 100 Story Building to run free literacy programs.

Buy your copy of early harvest issue six here.




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Buy copies of early harvest for your library or classroom at an education discount.

15% discount on packs of 5 or more copies of early harvest.
early harvest 1-6 pack RRP $103.87 – your price $88.30!

20% discount on packs of 10 copies or more.
early harvest 10 copies RRP $199.99 – your price $159.99!

You can order the same issue or a mix of issues.

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Originally developed and run in partnership with author and editor Davina Bell (co-founder of harvest magazine) and community development worker and illustrator Emma Hewitt, this program is designed to give young writers and illustrators a voice, and to give them confidence in their own creative output.

Are you a young writer or illustrator and interested in submitting your work to early harvest? Email us!

This program is made possible by grants from Maribyrnong City Council (2011), the St George Foundation (2013), The Funding Network (2014), generous donors to our crowdfunding campaign (2015), Aesop and Brimbank City Council (2016), and Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund and Brimbank City Council (2017).





Early Harvest 2015

Issue 4, published November 2015

RRP $19.99

+ postage


Early Harvest 2014

Issue 3, published November 2014

RRP $16.95

+ postage




Issue 2, published November 2013

RRP $16.95

+ postage



Issue 1, published 2012

RRP $16.95

+ postage







Special price $60

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Special price $70

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You Read Me?: Writing, Illustrating and Commissioning for Children

Video featuring 2015 early harvest editors and authors Shaun Tan and Sally Rippin

The Wheeler Centre