THE 2016 COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
If you have any problems, please email us and we will help you with your entry: email@example.com
Remember if together your files are bigger than 10MB each or 20MG per group - please email direct to CYA Conference as the automated system doesn’t like large files.( And its better to email 3 files at 10MB than attempt to send 30MB at once.)
Guidelines ~ Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition ~ 2016
Prize for each section:
- 100.00 per
category, (1st - $50, 2nd - $30, 3rd - $20)
submission of short listed entries to at least one children’s publisher.
- Feedback, in the form of judges marking sheets, will be emailed to ALL entrants by 31st August 2016.
Opens: 20th January 2016
Closes: 30th April 2016 – Last email by 24H00 - (Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +10 hours.)
The winning entry and short-listed finalist will be considered by a publisher of children’s books, with no guarantee of publication. Author/Illustrator retains copyright.
1. All writers/illustrators who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres.
2. This contest is also open to current published writers/illustrator who are either:
a) Published with one book in print within the CYA genres ONLY; OR
b) Published in e-book format with one book within the CYA genres ONLY; OR
c) Self-published with one book within the CYA genres ONLY.
d) Published with books in print and e-book format in other genres.
$19.90 (includes GST)
PayPal/credit card only. No cash or cheques.
As has been done in previous years - If there are not enough entries into a single section, the section will be consolidated with another similar category in this competition.
1. Picture Book: Text only for preschool aged children up to 500 words in English, must be original work not previously published in any format, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast. Open theme.
2. Picture Book: Text only for primary aged children up to 500 words in English, must be original work and not previously published in any format, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast. Open theme.
3 Picture Book: Non-Fiction - Text only for primary aged children up to 500 words in English, must be original work and not previously published in any format, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast. Open theme.
4. Chapter Book:
a) Text only for younger primary aged children. First 1000 words in English, must be original work and not previously published in any format, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast. Open theme.
b) Text only for older aged children (Middle Grade). First 1000 words in English, must be original work and not previously published in any format, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast. Open theme
5. Fiction writing for Young Adults.
Required: First three chapters up to 5000 words and a page single spaced synopsis.
a) Judged by CYA: First 1000 words in English, must be original and not previously published in any format, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast. Open theme. Rest: UNJUDGED by CYA.
b) Short listed: Final judge will read your synopsis and your chapters.
6. Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Illustrated Middle grade novel: (words & illustrations): Fiction or non-fiction – any age group within CYA. 3 pages of graphic novel or 3 pages of illustrated picture book, up to 500 words.3 illustrations of middle grade novel, with the words present on the pages. Words in English must be original and not previously published in any format, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast. (Complete story to accompany - not judged.) Open theme. Coloured photocopies of work and computer prints accepted, but must be illustrator’s original work not previously published in any format, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or exhibition. No original art work to be sent in, e.g. oil paintings, collages etc. Full story in words, to accompany the entry NOT JUDGED.
Option 1: Illustrate up to three (3) pages of the extract, written by Tina Marie Clark – Extracted from: Squire Chambers (Chapter book aimed at 6 - 8 year’s age group).
Option 2: Illustrate up to three (3) pages of picture book written by Tina Marie Clark – The Flower Farmer (Picture Book concept aimed at 3 – 6 years age group.)
Coloured photocopies of work and computer prints accepted, but must be illustrator’s original work not previously published in any format, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or exhibition. No original art work to be sent in, e.g. oil paintings, collages etc. Extract is not mandatory to appear on the page.
OPTION ONE: © Tina Marie Clark – Squire Chambers
(Chapter Book: 543 Words extract. Aimed at 6 – 9 years.)
‘Holy barn-hay!’ Owen exclaimed. ‘Look at the size of the floater in that!’ He stared into the porcelain chamber pot.
A huge turd stared back up at him.
The wooden peg on his nose was the only thing saving him from the offending smell that filled the air. This was the worst part of being a squire, emptying the knight’s chamber pots when they were in residence at Highglen Castle, and not just using the bushes like when going to tournaments or to war.
It was a disgusting job. But as Sir Quentin had told him, someone had to do it, and as he was the youngest squire of all the knights still in attendance in the castle, it was his duty. Remove the debris, toss that out, then empty each pot carefully into the jugs that the fullers would collect.
Sir Quentin has made him visit the fullers and see how they used the stale urine to remove the fat and dirt from the woollen fabric they made.
‘At least I’m not a fuller’s apprentice,’ he said, thinking of the way they spent all day stamping with their bare feet on the cloth soaking in the urine.
He shuddered and shook his head. ‘Think happy, Owen!’
For a moment his mind drifted to the huge house on the estate that belonged to his father. When on misty mornings like this one, the chamber maid would be the one to remove the pots, not him. He would have already rushed out to the sheep sheds to watch the sheering.
But Sir Quentin had come to his home, and chosen him, the thinnest, scrawniest bow legged boy to be his squire. To follow in his father’s footsteps and one day be a knight, and fight for his King.
Slowly balancing the pot on his arm, he pushed the heavy door open.
At the exact moment it swung open and something solid hit him full on, taking his breath away.
The pot went flying through the air.
‘No!’ Owen cried as he saw it somersault over.
It landed with a sickening thunk sound.
On top of Sir Quentin’s head.
The pot fitted Sir Quentin perfectly like a porcelain helmet!
He watched as in slow-motion, the urine and poop slide down Sir Quentin’s face, and drip on to his clean arming coat that he had laid out neatly for Sir Quentin just an hour ago.
‘Run!’ shouted his brain.
But his legs would not work, they solidified and lime mortared themselves to the stone floor beneath.
‘Sir Quentin, I’m sorry, you opened the door and I opened the door and...’ Owen said waiting for the outrage that he was certain would follow.
Sir Quentin cleared his throat. ‘It’s a simple job, Owen, you take the pot each day and you empty the solids out, and put the liquid in the jugs. You ensure it doesn’t land on anyone. S-i-m-p-l-e.
‘Yes, Sir Quentin.’
‘Make sure it doesn’t happen again. Remember, part of the code of chivalry as a knight is also “Humility”, and believe me I’m showing you lots of that right now. Bring clean undergarments to my room and some warm water to wash.’
‘Yes, Sir Quentin.’
‘Now boy! Before my patience wears off.’
OPTION TWO: © Tina Marie Clark – Flower Farmer
(Picture Book – 282 Words - Aimed at 3 - 6 years old.)
My mum is a flower farmer. She grows gladioli.
Early in the morning my mum leaves the house.
She checks on all her fields of flowers.
Some are ready to cut today.
My mum begins to harvest the flowers with the farm staff. They have to work all day in the hot sun.
When the trailer is full, the tractor drivers takes the flowers and drive to the sorting shed.
At the shed my grandma helps sort the flowers.
Some are not good for selling and are thrown away.
Most are heading to the market.
A machine puts them into bunches of the same length.
The best ones are carefully packed into containers and stored in the cooling shed.
Later, a large refrigerated truck takes them to the flower market.
At the market there are other types of flowers like roses, carnations, gerberas and proteas. The florists buy the flowers from the market, and makes beautiful arrangements to sell in their shops.
On the farm our bulbs are finished flowering, and have died back.
My mum drives a tractor and digs them up.
She takes the bulbs to the sorting shed.
The bulbs are sorted by machine into size.
We keep the best ones for next year’s crop. They are treated and stored in the large cold storage.
My mum and the staff plant more bulbs so they are in flower for the next special occasion, like for Saint Valentine’s day and Mother’s day.
My mum makes sure her bulbs grow tall spikes, and no bugs eat her flowers.
I like our farm, and the flowers, but when I grow up I want to be a train driver because I love trains.
Preparing Your Entry:
All submissions in 2016 are electronic submitted. Target publisher, manuscript title, total manuscript length and sequential page numbers are in the header on all pages.
1. Sections 1, 2, 3 and 6 - Picture Books: Must be set out in a neat way, easily legible format. Illustration notes are accepted and don’t form part of your word count, but must be clearly marked as such. Double spaced on A4 size page, 12 point Courier or Courier New font, or New Times Roman, left justification. (Picture book texts are subjective with set outs, and often use set out as part of emphases etc., this is quite acceptable.)
2. Sections 4 and 5 - Your entry must be double spaced on A4 page, 12 point Courier or Courier New font, or New Times Roman, left justification, with an indent to indicate new paragraphs. Margins: 3.0 cm on the left, right, top and bottom of the page.
3. All section:
Manuscript title, targeted publisher, finished manuscript word total (not extract submitted) and consecutive page numbers to appear in the header of every page of your entry. (Visit FAQs on www.cyaconference.com for sample formatting documents.)
4. Entries not complying with formatting conditions could be eliminated and you will lose judging marks.
5. Ensure when you lodge your electronic entry form that your text file is saved in:
Microsoft word format, or RTF (rich text format) or PDF or JPG formats ONLY.
6. Electronic submission form found at: http://www.cyaconference.com/program/competition/2016-entry-form.html
Illustrations: (Categories 6 & 7):
Please read carefully – even though you send in an electronic submission, CYA REQUIRES the paper copy to display on the wall at CYA Conference on 2nd July 2016, but will accept the electronic format for the competition date cut off. PLEASE send your paper copy before conference.
All submissions in 2016 are electronic submitted.
1. No original Illustrations to be sent in. Colour photocopies and computer prints allowed only. Every electronic copy needs a paper copy sent in as well, for display purposes.
2. A3 page max size - A4 min size.
3. Paper entries must not be folded. A3 size can be placed in a cylinder available from Australia Post.
4. Mounting types are welcome to be put on your paper display entries as the electronic files are used for judging, and the paper copies for display.
5. Max 3 pages (up to 500 words only) per entry of Graphic Novel & Illustrated picture books.
6. Middle Grade Illustrated Novels –3 pages of text and major illustrations (smaller illo’s inside the extract are encouraged – no word limit as words will NOT BE JUDGED.)
7. The full text on your story must be submitted to help the judges understand where the illustration fits into the story, but the TEXT FILE WILL NOT BE JUDGED, but is used in the judging process for the art work.
8. Entries not complying with formatting conditions could be eliminated.
9. Ensure when you lodge your electronic entry form that your files are saved:
Text Files: either Microsoft word format, or RTF (rich text format) or PDF
Illustrations: JPG format ONLY.
10. Electronic submission form found at: http://www.cyaconference.com/program/competition/2016-entry-form.html
Note: (The bigger the graphics file the better – please don’t skimp on resolution for smaller files as your work is judged in high resolution. However, the organiser does look at the paper copies sent for display to check if there are special items there (like flaps, metallic paints and glitters etc.) that have not been scanned. Also to see that the colours used on the scanning process are as sharp as the printouts. If the scan files are not good, the organiser will ask for better files to be sent. Limit of 10MB per file please and 20MB per group of files via the entry form. If you have a problem – please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Submit entries:
All entries are lodged electronically. Illustrations, graphic novels and illustrated picture book entries to use mail address below.
1. Mail Entries to: CYA – Writing & Illustrating Contest,
P.O. Box 275, Bribie Island, Queensland, 4507.
2. Cost is $19.90 (includes GST) - PayPal/credit card only. No cash or cheques.
3. All entries will be automatically acknowledged by email on receipt. Please supply your email address on entry form. Invoices are emailed out at the close of the competition once all received and in the judging system.
4. Categories 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 - All entries will be destroyed and the computer files are deleted after the contest. Categories 6 & 7 - your illustrations are displayed on the CYA web site.
5. Categories 6 & 7 - your Illustrations are not returned.
6. All Electronic lodgements of entry form must be received online on 30th April 2016 by 24H00 - (Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +10 hours.)
Judging and Notification:
1. Judges decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
2. Entries must be electronically received by 30th April 2016 before 24H00 – (Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +10 hours.)
3. Short listed awards will be notified by 20th June 2016.
4. Winners will only be named at the CYA Conference held on 2nd July 2016.
5. A short presentation ceremony will be held during the CYA Conference on 2nd July 2016. Prizes will be mailed if winners are unable to attend the conference.
6. Feedback, in the form of judges marking sheets, will be emailed to ALL entrants by 31st August 2016.
Other important info:
1. Do not identify yourself on the contest entry.
2. All results will be published on the CYA Conference web site.
3. Each written entry must be original work, unpublished nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast.
4. Each illustration entry must be original work, but photocopied or computer print out only, unpublished nor accepted elsewhere for publication or exhibition.
Contest Checklist For Entrants: Writing
1. Entrant’s name doesn’t appear ANYWHERE on the entry except entry form.
2. Target publisher, manuscript title, total manuscript length and sequential page numbers are in the header on all pages.
3. Electronic lodgement includes entry form, entry files and you have completed the PayPal transaction.
4. Entry is saved in Microsoft Word, or RTF (rich text format) or PDF ONLY.
1. Page is A4 portrait orientation;
2. Text is double-spaced;
3. Text is indented to indicate paragraphs;
4. Margins are set to 3.0cm all around;
5. Text is 12 point: Courier or Courier New font, or Times New Roman.
6. Electronic entry form has your files attached, saved in Microsoft Word or RTF (rich text format) or PDF ONLY.
Contest Checklist For Entrants: Illustrations, Graphic Novels & Illustrated Picture Books & Middle Grade Illustrated Novels.
1. Entrant’s name doesn’t appear ANYWHERE on the entry except on the entry form.
2. Paper copy has been sent to CYA Conference for display.(P.O. Box 275, Bribie Island, Qld, 4507.)
3. Electronic lodgement includes entry form, entry files and you have completed the PayPal transaction.
4. Competition entry is attached to entry form saved as:
Text: Microsoft Word or RTF (rich text format) or PDF. and
Illustrations: JPEG ONLY.
1. Page is A3 or smaller, but no smaller than A4.
2. Electronic version is attached to the electronic entry form.
3. Electronic entry form has your files attached in Microsoft Word or RTF (rich text format), or PDF or JPEG formats ONLY and of high resolution.
To see more on the JUDGING PROCESS enter here
Special Note from co-ordinators: This competition is designed to help authors and illustrators get ready for the submission process to publishing companies. So send in your best effort, checked for spelling errors and edited. Make sure your entry follows the guide lines ( just as a publishing house has guidelines), do everything in your power to make that entry arrive in a neat condition - appearances count!
Remember, if you shortlist, your entry goes in front of a REAL editor.
ALL illustrations go in front of a REAL editor.