Marisa Pintado

Marisa Pintado is the founder of the Ampersand Prize for debut writers, and the publisher of children’s and young-adult fiction at Hardie Grant Egmont in Melbourne. Marisa works with a variety of emerging, commercially successful and award-winning writers including Sally Rippin, Peter Helliar, Em Bailey, Melissa Keil and Erin Gough. The Ampersand Prize has rapidly gained recognition as Australia’s leading award for unpublished writers, and has launched the careers of numerous YA authors including the latest winners, Cally Black (In The Dark Spaces, 2017) and Rhiannon Williams (Little Ott Colter, 2018).