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 and Besen Family Foundation.

Our latest publication in this program is now available for PREORDER! Grab your copy TODAY!

Preorder The Sound of the Dark

It is The Sound of the Dark!

Launching 20 November!

Our young Early Harvest editors have compiled 14 bone chilling stories from the depths of a haunted house they stumbled upon. Alas, they went missing shortly after!

If you want to be thrilled, excited, tantalised, horrified, frightened and shocked all at once, you’ve come to the right book! The Sound of the Dark features puppets, creepy girls, headless teddy bears and rashes to scare the pants off you! (Disclaimer: We are not responsible for run-away pants)

Our 15 editors received 135 submissions from young Australian writers, and one by beloved children’s author Oliver Phommavanh. They have collected the very best stories and illustrations to deliver a creepy-horror themed book like you’ve never experienced before. 

Cover Artist: Daniel Gray Barnett (winner of CBCA Award for New Illustrators 2019 for Grandma Z)

Theme: Creepy Horror 

Readership: Age: 7+

All profits from sales of The Sound of the Dark go back to 100 Story Building to run our free literacy programs.

Preorder The Sound of the Dark

View all books published in this program 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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Want to interview one of our young editors and/or authors?

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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