Prize for each section:
$100.00 per category, (1st $50, 2nd $30, 3rd $20), and submission of short listed entries to at least one children’s publisher.
All Hatchling entries have historically gone in front of a professional editor but this is not guaranteed.
ALL illustrations go in front of a professional editor.
IMPORTANT: There are no age barriers in this competition, and 8 year olds to 18 year olds are judged the same way. Publishing doesn’t discriminate with age so CYA Conference elects to judge to this trend.
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.
$13.60 (GST included) PayPal/credit card only. No cash or cheques.
1. Picture Books – Text only for preschool or primary aged children up to 500 words in English. Open theme.
2. Chapter Book and Young adult novels - Text only for older primary aged children/Young Adult. First 1000 words in English. Open theme.
3. Graphic Novel and Illustrated Picture Book or Middle Grade Illustrated Novel (words & illustrations): Fiction or non-fiction – any age group within CYA.
a) Graphic Novel & Illustrated picture book: 3 pages of graphic novel or 3 pages of illustrated picture book, with up to 500 words on submitted pages. Words in English (Complete story to accompany - not judged.) Open theme.
b) Middle Grade Illustrated Novel: 3 illustrations of middle grade novel, with the words present on the pages. Words in English. (Complete story to accompany - not judged.) Open theme.