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Elise Jones
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Elise Jones is a Senior Editor of books for kids and teens with Allen & Unwin, where she’s worked since 2000, first managing submissions, then as an editor for thirteen years. 

Elise has won the FAW Barbara Ramsden Award for Excellence in Editing, judged the Aurealis Awards, served on the Express Media Board, completed the Varuna Residential Editorial Program, and participated in events like KidLitVic, Writers from the Intersection pitching day, ACAF, Melbourne Writers’ Festival, and Homecooked Comics Festival. She is also Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin’s Melbourne Manager.

Elise works with some of Australia's best-loved young adult and children’s book creators, including Alison Lester, Leigh Hobbs, Trace Balla, Freya Blackwood, Elise Hurst, Roland Harvey, Michael Camilleri, Gregory Mackay, Kim Kane, Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Gabrielle Williams and many more. 

Elise will be looking at Picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA. No illustrations or art folios.

Elise will be providing verbal feedback with her assessments

Elise will be running bootcamps for Chapter/Young Adult (Group 1) and Picture Books (Group 2) authors on Friday.


  • Agent & Editor sessions are only available to conference attendees.

  • You may book your session before booking for the conference however there will be a $25.00 administration charge should you decide to cancel the appointment before assessment bookings closing on 22 JUNE 2020 

  • No refunds will be made if you make an assessment booking but do not book for the Conference and your session will be cancelled.