Early Harvest

Early Harvest is a dynamic program for upper-primary students that gives them an in-depth experience of the publishing process. Under the program, we bring together an editorial board of Year 5 and 6 students who publish an issue of the annual fiction publication Early Harvest

Under the mentorship of publishing professionals (editors, writers, illustrators, designers), the young editors make all the editorial decisions for the magazine. They 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 diverse backgrounds and empower them to use their creative voice in a real-world context.

In 2019, we are collaborating with four schools in Greater Dandenong to integrate this publishing project for Year 3 to 6 students into their narrative units.

Early Harvest 2019 is made possible by the generous support of Gandel Philanthropy.

Early Harvest 7: Dreams is available for purchase! Order your copy now!

It is Early Harvest 7!

The young editors of Early Harvest only wanted to steal your nightmares. But they accidentally caused a dreampocalypse!

Luckily, they were able to save all the lost dreams into the pages of Early Harvest 7.

The theme of Early Harvest 7 is DREAMS. Inside you’ll meet a sell-out Rockstar being chased across alternate dimensions by the Police of the Universe, BFF’s facing their biggest fears, multiple volcanoes, a dream gobbling monster, wereverines with knife-like claws, and a very fancy moustache.

For this issue, the fourteen young editors received 150 submissions from young writers across Melbourne and a surprise 151st submission by no less than the Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman! The students chose 13 stories and poems to be published. Luckily for Morris, he made the cut!

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

Order Early Harvest 7

View all seven issues of Early Harvest on our Shop page.


All seven issues of Early Harvest can be viewed in our Shop. Want to stock the 2018 issue of Early Harvest?

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Buy copies of Early Harvest for your library or classroom at an education discount.

15% discount on packs of 7 or more copies of Early Harvest.
Early Harvest 1-7 pack RRP $139.65 – your price $118.70!

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), Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund and Brimbank City Council (2017), Bennelong Foundation and The Jack Brockhoff Foundation (2018) and Gandel Philanthropy (2019).


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