News & Updates

Editor Booking suspended temporarily

10:17pm - Monday 27th March - Please note we have suspended booking on this form at the moment because of a technical difficulty - we will get this back up as soon as we can.. Thanks for your patience.

P.S. Tuesday - it's back on line - times slots are now not shown but you can still select the days and the editors. We will confirm all times in the week before conference. 

CYA later!

Tina & The CYA Conference Team.

Conference Bookings Open

So excited that today we would open our 12th CYA Conference bookings!!!! (Doing careful wheel spins in my chair!)

CYA Conference will be on: 1st July 2017

Where: TAFE Queensland Brisbane - South Bank Campus, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane. 

This conference is aimed as professional development for new and established writers and illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult literature. Master classes and workshops will be conducted by Felicity Vallence, Jacqueline Harvey, Jackie French, Nadine BatesNatalie HatchPhil Kettle, and Shaun Tan(via Skype). 

Our CYA success stories once again show cased that CYA Conference is making a difference in aspiring authors and illustrators in helping them on their road to publication.

On site editors include: Ann-Marie Finn - Yellow Brick Books, Clair Hume - Affirm Press, Clare Hallifax, Scholastic, Kate Stevens (Hachette), Katrina Lehman - Penguin, Kristina Schulz - UQP, Kristy Bushnell - UQP, Lisa Berryman - HarperCollins, Marisa Pintado - Hardie Grant EgmontRochelle Manners - Wombat Books & Rhiza Press, Suzanne O’Sullivan - Hachette. Agents on site: Alex Adsett, Alex Adsett Publishing Services, Grace Heifetz - Curtis Brown, Australia, and Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literacy Agency, USA (via Skype) and Self Publishing: Tadaa Children’s Booksmith.

Why not start at 2017 Conference events page and work from there to see the 2017 program.

See ya at CYA!

Tina and the whole CYA Conference Team! 

Editors Open

Big News Day! 

Hello all writers and illustrators.  

Agents and Editors bookings for the 2017 Conference.

The bookings for the first group of editor sessions open!

The registration for this year’s sessions is different in that you are able to pre-select your preferred time slots. So if you're having multiple sessions and want them back to back it's up to you to make it happen.

Bookings are open for the following:

Free one-on-one sessions with Tadaa Books.


And those Friday sessions?

We’re running a poll to see how many of you would be interested in Friday sessions with the Editors and Agents. If you haven't given your opinion yet and would like to please click on this linkIt’s anonymous and just asks Yes/No/Maybe. It only takes a few seconds to complete. We will keep the voting going for another week and then if there is enough interest, see who is available from the on site professionals.

This year's program

We’re in the final stages of setting up this years program and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do. We will send out another news letter once the program is ready for distribution.

Competition close date

We’re just 2 months away from the competition close date so get cracking on stories and illustrations if you’re entering this year. The end of April will be here before you know it.

If you have any questions about the rules please send us an email at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Updating your profile
We want to start making our mail outs a little more targeted with the information we send you to keep the emails relevant to your interests so if you'd like to take a few minutes to update your profile details please click on this link

Well that’s about it for this week. Hope to see you at the CYA Conference and look forward to reading all the brilliant entries and receiving those wonderful illustrations in this years competition.

CYA later!
Tina and the CYA Conference team!

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