An illustration competition is now open to seek talent for Triple Zero Heroes, the second volume in the popular Remember series by J. E. Miller. There is no entry fee, and all are encouraged to submit for a chance to be published.
‘Each page will be illustrated by someone different, accompanied by my words, just as we did with the first book,’ Miller said. ‘I write the story after the winning collection is decided. My words are tailored to fit each picture.’
‘Illustrators have autonomy with this project. The only guideline is that their illustration should feature a first responder, and it’s up to illustrators to decide who they would like to represent. It could be a police, fire, SES, or ambulance member, or anyone else in the community they feel deserves the title of ‘first responder’. It doesn’t have to be someone who marches on Anzac Day. Just like in the first book, the child will step into the shoes of people in the crowd as well,’ said the author, who is a QLD Fire & Emergency Services volunteer.
Hawkeye Publishing’s Director, Carolyn Martinez, said she signed J. E. Miller and Triple Zero Heroes because the project fosters community.
‘All of us at Hawkeye have a reverence for words,’ Martinez said. ‘The ability to articulate meaningfully can celebrate all that should not be taken for granted, and our nation needs community now more than ever. When Miller’s submission came in, we were thrilled to be involved in bringing together the best of the best illustrations with exquisite words to celebrate our nation’s First Responders. I can’t think of a better depiction of Australian spirit.’
‘Words are powerful. Images are powerful. Together they can be mesmerising,’ Martinez said.
‘Being signed to a traditional contract by Hawkeye Publishing is such an incredible honour for me, especially for this book, Triple Zero Heroes,’ Miller said. ‘Carolyn Martinez, the director of Hawkeye Publishing, is a past serving QFES member—she volunteered with the Closeburn Rural Fire Brigade when she ran a local newspaper in that area, and was their first female frontline firefighter. I couldn’t think of a better home for this story, and I’m extremely grateful to be working with such a professional and nurturing team.’
The author encourages artists of all ages to enter as many times as they like. ‘Artists should depict a special story, thought, or memory about an everyday hero, and why it is important to remember them.’
‘It was such a special experience to produce the first book, Remember Lest We Forget,’ Miller said. ‘It is a beautiful legacy of the Anzacs, with the community coming together to honour those who have worked and still work to give us this amazing life. It’s not just children, parents and teachers who loved the first book. The reaction from veterans themselves was absolutely moving—often bringing tears to their eyes. Remember – Lest We Forget made defence personnel feel treasured, and I’m looking forward to doing the same for our domestic frontline heroes.’
The illustration competition closes on Sunday 3rd October 2021, and entry is free. Winning illustrations will be published, and one overall winner receives a picture book illustration mentorship with Hawkeye Publishing. All illustrators chosen for publication receive Short-List credit, and a free copy of Remember Our First Responders.