Matt Porter

Date of Success - Competition Winner 2009

(Book contracted in 2011)

Matt Porter is a children’s author and primary school teacher. He is passionate about encouraging children to devour great books and to make reading a lifelong love.

Through his humorous stories, Matt aims to get kids laughing and immersed in adventure. He enjoys teaching writing to his students and is looking forward to conducting writing workshops at other schools in the future.  

Matt won the 2009 CYA Chapter Book Competition with his story Mr Sergeant and the Dodgeballs of Doom. Mr Sergeant has since been contracted by Celapene Press and will be released in September 2011. It will be the first book in the CRT: Crazy Relief Teachers series. 

Matt also has two books: My Country and Picture Perfect published in Blake Education’s Gigglers series (Green series 2) and two short stories in Challenge Magazine. 


I was thrilled when I found out I’d won the 2009 CYA Chapter Book competition.

I entered the competition mainly because I knew each entry received feedback from the judges. I used this feedback, and the recognition that Mr Sergeant and the Dodgeballs of Doom had won, to rewrite my story and promote it to publishers. Celapene Press will be publishing Mr Sergeant in September 2011.

Tina Clark and Ally Howard have been very encouraging and positive with their feedback since I entered the CYA competition. It’s fantastic to know there are people like them out there who will guide you on the road to publication.

CYA gave me the confidence to pursue my writing goals and I’d encourage anyone to enter.

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