Published Author 

THE 2016 COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS 

If you have any problems, please email us and we will help you with your entry: info@cyaconference.com


Prize:

Part 1: Clare Hallifax - Publishing Manager, Scholastic Australia will critique the winning entry.

Part 2: Winner of:

            Section 1 – Writing (all writing combined into one section) and

            Section 2 – illustrations

          will have a face-to-face/electronic communication (e.g. Skype) consultation for 15 minutes, at the CYA Conference on 2nd July 2016 with the competition final judge who is attending/electronically communicating with the conference.

Part 3: Feedback, in the form of judges marking sheets, will be emailed to ALL entrants by 31st August 2015.


Deadline:

Opens: 27th January 2016

Closes: 30th April 2016 – Last email by 24H00 - (Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +10 hours.)


Publication:

The winning entries and short-listed finalist will be considered by a publisher of children’s books, with no guarantee of publication. Author/Illustrator retains copyright.


Eligibility:

This contest is open to current published writers/illustrators world wide, who are either:

a)     Published with two books or more in print within the CYA genres ONLY; OR

b)     Published in e-book format with two book or more within the CYA genres ONLY; OR

c)     Self-published with two book or more within the CYA genres ONLY.

d)     Contest entry may not be contracted or published in any form when entered


Entry Fee:

$37.70 PayPal/credit card only. No cash or cheques.


Categories:

Open theme:

Section 1: Writing:

a)     First three chapters up to 50 pages max -12 500 words (judged) and 1 page synopsis, (unjudged). OR

b)     Picture Book Texts: Up to 3 picture book texts can be entered together as ONE entry. (No synopsis necessary for picture books)

Section 2: Illustrating:

           Three consecutive pages of a DRAFT storyboard/layout/mock-up and two completed pictures from that same layout/mock-up.


Note:

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.

 

Preparing Your Published Author Entry:

Writing:

1.    First 50 pages max double-spaced (not more than 12 500 words), and 1 page single spaced synopsis. 

2.    Your entry must be double spaced on A4 sized paper setting 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.    Synopsis: 1 page max, single-spaced. This is UNJUDGED.

4.    Manuscript title, 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.)

5.    Or Picture Book Texts: Up to 3 picture book texts can be entered together as one entry. Same set out rules apply to picture books. (Picture book texts are subjective with set outs, and often use set out as part of emphases etc., this is quite acceptable.)

6.    Entries not complying with formatting conditions could be eliminated, and do lose marks in the judging process.

7.    Electronic entry form has your files attached, saved in Microsoft word doc, RTF (rich text format), or PDF.

 

Illustrations:

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.    Three consecutive pages of a DRAFT storyboard/layout/mock-up and two completed pictures from that same layout/mock-up. (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. It 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.

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 info@cyaconference.com

 

 

How to Submit entries:

1.      All entries electronically submitted. Online lodgment of entry form.

2.      Paper copies (illustrations ONLY) sent to: CYA Conference, P.O. Box 275, Bribie Island, Queensland, 4507, Australia

3.      Cost is: $37.70 PayPal/credit card only. No cash or cheques.

3.    All entries will be acknowledged by email on receipt.

4.    All writing entries will be destroyed after the competition, and the electronic files deleted.

5.    All illustrations are displayed on the CYA Conference web site, paper copies used for display purposes are destroyed.

5.    Electronic submission of entries must be received on 30th April 2015 by 24H00 - Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +10 hours.)

6.    Paper copies (illustrations only) must be received by 27th June 2016.


Judging and Notification:

1.    Judges decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

2.    Electronic submission of entries must be received by 30th April 2015 before 24H00 - Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +10 hours.) No late entries will be accepted.

3.    Short listed awards will be notified by 18th June 2015.

4.    If not already registered for the CYA Conference, the winner will be notified by 24th June 2016. All travel, accommodation and entry to the CYA Conference will be at the entrant’s own expense. If they cannot make their appointment in Brisbane, a Skype-style meeting will occur on 2nd July 2016 ONLY.

5.    Feedback, in the form of CYA judges marking sheets, will be emailed to ALL entrants by 31st August 2015.

 

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.

 

 

Contest Checklist: Writing

  • Entrant’s name doesn’t appear ANYWHERE on the entry except entry form.

  • Manuscript title, total manuscript length and sequential page numbers are in the header on all pages.

  • If picture book entry: Title, total picture book length and sequential page numbers are in the header on all pages

  • Electronic lodgement includes entry form, entry files and you have completed the PayPal transaction. 

  • Entry is saved in Microsoft Word, or RTF (rich text format) or PDF ONLY.

 

Formatting:

  •   Page is A4 portrait orientation;

  •  Text is double-spaced;

  •  Synopsis is 1 page max, and SINGLE SPACED. (Novel only not necessary for picture books)

  •  Text is indented to indicate paragraphs;

  •  Margins are set to 3.0 cm all around;

  •  Text is 12 point: Courier or Courier New font, or Times New Roman;

  •  Entry is 50 pages maximum (12 500 words), or 3 picture book texts.

  • Electronic entry form has your files attached, saved in Microsoft Word or RTF (rich text format) or PDF ONLY.


Contest Checklist: Illustrations

  • Entrant’s name doesn’t appear ANYWHERE on the entry except on the entry form.

  • Electronic lodgement includes entry form, entry files and you have completed the PayPal transaction.

  • Competition entry is attached to entry form saved as: 
    Text: Microsoft Word or RTF (rich text format) or PDF, 
    Illustrations: JPEG ONLY. Paper copy (art works only) has been sent to CYA Conference for display. (P.O. Box 275, Bribie Island, Qld, 4507.)


Formatting:

  • Page is A3 or smaller, but no smaller than A4.

  • Electronic version is attached to the electronic entry form.

  •  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.

 

Electronic entry form can be found at:

         http://www.cyaconference.com/program/2016-entry-form.html


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