News & Updates

Finalists in the Graphic Novel and Illustrated Picture Book, and Illustration Sections announced.

25 August 2010 

CYA is please to announce the finalists, in random order for Category 6 - Graphic novels and Illustrated Picture Books , and Category 7 - Illustrations.


All artwork in these categories was seen by Paul Collins, Editor, Ford Street publishing. Thank you to Paul for his time in judging these sections.


The winning order will be announced at the CYA Conference on 4th September 2010.


Category 7: Illustrations

Final Judge: Paul Collins - Ford Street Publishing:


The finalist in random order are:

        Gracie Scala Adamson - Under the bed - By Tina Marie Clark

        Anthea Stead - Under the bed - By Tina Marie Clark

        Anna Jacobson - The Moon Serpent's Garden - Extract by Anita Bell





Category 6: Graphic Novels and Illustrated Picture Books

Final Judge: Paul Collins - Ford Street Publishing:


The finalist in random order are:

        Judy Paulson - Itchy Kidney's Accidental Adventure

        Claire Wildish - The Garden of the Moon 

        Tom Hermann (illustrator) and Ben Long (author)  - Tickle Me Zoo



A big thank you to Anita Bell who has for the last 5 years given CYA Conference permission to use extracts from her work. It is much appreciated by all.


It is 8.58am as this is type... so......9 days, 23 hours till CYA Conference, and 10 days to CYA Hatchlings on 5th September 2010...ok we admit, we are excited!


CYA later!

Tina & Ally


CYA Competition Completed short list...

21 August 2010


Congratulations everyone who had the courage to enter the CYA Competition. Getting your work out there, in front of a judge is hard, so just by entering you have achieved something - well done!

Unfortunately we can’t all be winners and this competition is about getting your work fast-tracked in front of an editor. The following entries have made the short list for CYA 2010. 


Category 8: Published Authors:

 Final Judge: Paul Collins - Ford Street Publishing:     

        Other people's pets

        Cutting the Ice

        All that water

        Mirrorborn


Category 7: Illustrations

Final Judge: Paul Collins - Ford Street Publishing:

No short list was made for illustrations as Ford Street is viewing all artwork entered into this category.

Congratulations to all who entered this category, and winners will be advised before conference if they are on the winning list, but not of their actual places until the conference presentation.



Category 6: Graphic Novels and Illustrated Picture Books

Final Judge: Paul Collins - Ford Street Publishing:

No short list was made for Graphic Novels and illustrated picture books  as Ford Street is viewing all artwork entered into this category.

Congratulations to all who entered this category, and winners will be advised before conference if they are on the winning list, but not of their actual places until the conference presentation.


Category 1 - Picture Books - Preschool: 

Final Judge - Tegan Morrison - Hachette Australia.

      Slow down Stanley!

      Niki Twik

      We Are Different

      I Don't Want to be a Fairy!

Category 2 - Picture Books - Primary School 

Final Judge - Tegan Morrison - Hachette Australia.


        The Hogmouth Waits

        The Bambazee's Burden

        The Gate


Category 3 - Picture Books - Primary School Non Fiction

Final Judge - Tegan Morrison - Hachette Australia.

There were insufficient entries in this section to keep separate. The entries in this section have been added to Category 2 for final placings within that section. BUT the 2 entries into category 3 have been sent to Tegan with Section 2 short listed stories.


Category 4 - Chapter Books 

Final Judge - Tegan Morrison - Hachette Australia.

      Computer Dog

        The Rainforest Beast

        Max meets Mr Thompson


Category 5 - Young Adult 

Final Judge - Leonie Tyle - Woolshed Press, Random House, Australia.

         Beautiful Monsters

           Breeders

           Hyperactive Hero

           Photophobia

Good luck to everyone who has gone forward in this competition, and thank you to everyone who entered. 


Remember, you might not have made the final short list, but you still receive your feedback sheets (emailed back to you before end of October 2010) and remember to continue to write write write and draw draw draw! Full lists of placings go up on the web site as soon after conference as we can get them there...

Please note that these are the JUDGES of the final placings of the competition, but the short lists are seen/read by more than one publisher.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the judges who volunteered their time to judge the CYA Competition: Rebecca Timmis, Ally Howard, Heather Davies, Sandy Fassel, Dee White, Helen Ellis, Rowena Cory Daniels, Diana CurranTina Clark, Allison Rushby, Keri Lane and Mardi Sands.  Without your help there would be no competition - thank you.

13 days till CYA Conference and 14 to Hatchlings....not that we are excited, or am counting down or anything...



CYA later!

Tina & Ally



Short List....

20 August 2010


Congratulations everyone who had the courage to enter the CYA Competition. Getting your work out there, in front of a judge is hard, so just by entering you have achieved something - well done!

Unfortunately we can’t all be winners and this competition is about getting your work fast-tracked in front of an editor. The following entries have made the short list for CYA 2010. 


Published Authors: Final Judge: Paul Collins - Ford Street Publishing:     

        Other people's pets

        Cutting the Ice

        All that water

        Mirrorborn


Category 1 - Picture Books - Preschool: Final Judge - Tegan Morrison - Hachette Australia.

        Slow down Stanley!

        Niki Twik

        We Are Different

        I Don't Want to be a Fairy!





Other sections are being tallied still and results will be put as soon as I can get them posted.


Good luck to everyone who has gone forward in this competition, and thank you to everyone who entered. 


Remember, you might not have made the final short list, but you still receive your feedback sheets (emailed back to you before end of October 2010) and remember to continue to write write write!

 

Please note that these are the JUDGES of the final placings of the competition, but the short lists are seen/read by more than one publisher.


Till we get the next lot up!


CYA later!

Tina & Ally


24 days and counting down...

10 August 2010

24 days  to CYA Conference and counting down...


25 days to Hatchlings....


Introducing more of our wonderful presenters and industry professionals. Obviously they are all on our Presenters page, and most have their own web sites too if you want to find out more about them.

Claire Saxby

I was born in Victoria, Australia, lived in several other states and spent some time in Papua New Guinea. Where I live now is within cooee of the hospital where I was born.

Words have fascinated me as long as I can remember. I have always loved reading. I used to go home from boarding school and read for days on end, only emerging to swim and eat.

It took me much longer to realise that I also loved writing. But I'm doing my best to make up for lost time. I mostly write stories for children although I also write poetry (for adults and for children) and non-fiction articles.


Claire will be presenting a workshop at Hatchlings on Sunday 45th Se

Dave Hackett (Cartoon Dave)

Dave Hackett ( Cartoon Dave) is the kind of guy who likes to draw nine-headed chickens and people being attacked by toilets. He brought his NO-Rules brand of cartooning to TV screens each week for several years on Disney Channel, with his popular cartooning segment airing in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.

He has had many other TV appearances, the latest being on Channel 7’s It’s academic - set to air soon! 

2010 marks Dave's 16th year of teaching cartooning. 

He has written five instructional cartooning books, including ‘Cartoon Dave’s NO_RULES CARTOONING’ (2005 CBCA Notable Book). He is also the author of the hilarious ‘UFO-Unavoidable Family Outing’ novel series. 

Dave is presenting a 90 minute master class at CYA Conference. I know a I know a few people booked in for his class, and it is filling fast... 

Dee White

Dee White is the author of four books for children and young adults and she has a new YA novel coming out in 2012.

The mother of one teen and one almost teen boy, Dee was surprised to discover recently that her natural writing voice seems to be that of a 15 year old boy. Dee have been writing since she was seven years old, and she can’t seem to stop. If Dee goes for a couple of days without putting fingers to keyboard, she get very grumpy.

She love inhabiting the world of my characters and being able to tell their stories.

When Dee was writing Letters to Leonardo, she think she became Matt Hudson for a while. The book took Dee around ten years to write, 30 drafts and 1,000,000 words on paper.

Dee is presenting a workshop on Hero’s and Villains at Hatchlings on Sunday 5th September 2010.few people booke din for his class, and it is f 


Emma Mactaggart 

Emma is based in Toowoomba in South East Queensland.  The ‘Child Writes’ program is her brainchild, and teaches children how to write and illustrate their own picture books.  It is for primary school aged children.  The books are then published through Emma’s publishing business, Boogie Books.   

She has been speaking in classrooms in and around Toowoomba for several years. A self published author and  self confessed ‘project addict,’ Emma is passionate about children’s literature.

Emma believing everyone has the right to see their words in print , and this has become a slight obsession. She is currently writing a ‘how to’ guide for inspiring writers ‘Child Writes, So you Think Writing a Book is Childs Play!’ which will be finished at the end of 2010.  

 

To catch her workshop on Self Publishing  - Are you Game? at the CYA Conference, you will need to book soon as places are filling fast.illing fast... ptember 2010.

Gabrielle Wang 

Gabrielle Wang is an award-winning author and illustrator born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. Her stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy. A Ghost in My Suitcase won this year’s Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Novel and was named a CBCA Notable book. 

Her most recent books published in 2010 are, The Story of the Chinese Zodiac and a Young Adult novel called Little Paradise.

Her workshop on: Playing With The Realm of the Imagination will be at CYA Conference on 4th September 2010.


CYA Later!

Tina & Ally


26 Days to Conference

8 August 2010 

 

Each year I say to myself I will count down each day to conference from 30, and every year I find myself missing days out.

This is the beast that is time, someone elf steals it away during the night and I am left looking for where my hours went - and why I missed days on my count down clock, despite all good intentions.

The judging is well on its way across the half way mark, and almost done. I know a few judges will be sitting this week, glued to their screens as they mark and give feedback on the entries. Once again a HUGE THANK YOU to all the judges for helping CYA Conference and for helping every entrant into the competition with your time and energy, and bubbling enthusiasm for our CYA genre.

The presenters are beginning to send in their backups of their presentations, their ‘just incase’ disks and files, as well as their handouts for the 4th and 5th Septmeber. So I am beginning to see a little of what the days will look like. 

FYI: We have been sent to the stationery shop to purchase: scissors, staplers and more butcher paper this year....can you guess what some of the workshops are doing with this material?

Also on the list are: decent colour pencils, sharpeners, more black fine liners and thick black markers and A3 paper.

So for those coming to either CYA Conference or Hatchlings - bring along a positive attitude and lots of brain space to learn and work! 

I thought I would take this opportunity to begin to introduce you to the presenters for CYA Conference, and Hatchlings. Obviously they are all on our Presenters page, and most have their own web sites too if you want to find out more about them.

Our INTERNATIONAL Presenter this year is

 Steve Cole


Steve Cole is the slightly crazy, highly frantic, millions-selling, non-stop author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action, Astrosaurs Academy, The Slime Squad, Z. Rex and many other books (including several original Doctor Who stories).


He used to edit magazines and books but prefers the job of a writer where you can wear pyjamas and eat chocolate all day.

Steve just can't stop writing - if he does, strange robots appear and jostle him vigorously until he starts again.

Steve’s 45 minute workshop is: Increasing your potential - writing commercial fiction for more than one age group.

Seeing his BIO in lights here, I can see exactly why we chose Steve as ‘The Man’ to present this workshop at CYA Conference.


Our AUSTRALIAN presenters begin with: 

Aleesah Darlison

Aleesah grew up in a tiny country town on the mid-north coast of NSW, Australia, and was always surrounded by loads of tame animals. And not so tame ones: dingoes, goannas, snakes, eels, echidnas, wallabies and much more.

A full time writer now, Aleesah can't imagine herself doing anything else. 

Aleesha will be in the CYA Success Stories Panel at CYA Conference, and she will be launching her books: Totally Twins Series at Hatchlings. Now what fun that launch is going to ...twins...I can see all sorts of  things - in duplicate, appearing at that launch...

P.S. Aleesah’s picture book Puggle’s Problem, came out earlier this year, with illustrator Sandra Temple (will intro her later as she is also a CYA Presenter this year)  and it is fantastic! 

Angela Sunde

Angela Sunde spent her childhood on the outskirts of Auckland, NZ, in the family orchard, working, playing and dreaming. Today she writes and illustrates for children, and her hope is to inspire the dreams of children everywhere.

In 2009 she was awarded 3rd place in the CYA 'Illustrated Picture Book’ category and two of her stories were short-listed for the Charlotte Duncan Award. In 2010 she was awarded a RADF grant to undertake a picture book mentorship and work on a junior fantasy novel. 

Formerly a teacher, specialising in English language support and German, Angela’s love of German fairytales led her to wonder - what if a fairytale happened to a real girl? The result was Pond Magic, which will be published in 2010 as an Aussie Chomp by Penguin Australia.

Angela will be in the CYA Success Stories Panel at CYA Conference, and at lunch she will be launching her debut book : Pond Magic. 

Anita Bell

Anita is the author of thrillers Crystal Coffin and Project Apocalypse as well as the spin off series for younger readers called Kirby's Crusaders. 

Also author of 8 bestselling finance titles, including Your Mortgage and over 230 published/award winning short stories, articles and poems as well as featured in four anthologies of most popular children’s authors (since 1999 to date).


Anita has the nail-biting job of presenting the CYA Certificates to the Competition Winners. (Who actually don’t know until then if they win or not - just that they are shortlisted.)

In 1995 when CYA Conference approached Anita about supporting the concept of a Brisbane based conference, she willingly threw her whole support behind us, and put herself into the heart of CYA. She began a tradition of allowing us to use extracts of her writing for our illustrating competition. This was the fifth year that Anita has continued with her undevided support of CYA COnference.


Thank you Anita, as always  ~ CYA Conference


Chris Morphew


Chris Morphew was born in Sydney in 1985. He spent his childhood drawing comic books and writing stories about dinosaurs and time machines.

After school, Chris did a short stint as a primary school teacher – definitely the second-best job in the world – and then started writing for kids and young adults. He continues to work as a casual teacher between writing commitments.

ARRIVAL, the first book in the PHOENIX FILES series, is Chris’s first novel for young adults. The remaining five titles in the series will be released in 2010-11.

Before starting on THE PHOENIX FILES, Chris was a close associate of the enigmatic H.I. Larry, author of the popular ZAC POWER series.

Chris presents a 90 minute Master class  - Superhero’s, at CYA Conference.  I know quite a number of people who will be hanging on every word her says…


CYA later!

Tina & Ally


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