Writing for the children's and young adults' markets
All writers/illustrators worldwide, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres.
This contest is also open to current published writers/illustrator worldwide who are either:
Published with one book in print within the CYA genres ONLY; OR
Published in e-book format with one book within the CYA genres ONLY; OR
Self-published with one book within the CYA genres ONLY.
Published with books in print and e-book format in other genres.
Contest entry may not be contracted or published in any form when entered.
Entry and Prizes
Prize for each section
First - 15-minute editor critique valued at $250,
Second - $60,
Third - $40
and all shortlisted entries are read by at least one publisher of adults' books.
The winning entry and short-listed finalist will be judged by a publisher of children’s books, with no guarantee of publication. Author/Illustrator retains copyright.
$22.00 (includes GST) eftpos/credit card only. No cash or cheques.
Picture Book - Text only for preschool-aged children up to 500 words. Open theme.
Picture Book - Text only for primary aged children up to 500 words. Open theme.
Picture Book - Non- Fiction - Text only for primary aged children up to 500 words. Open theme.
Chapter Book - A: Text only for younger primary aged children and a one page single-spaced synopsis. First 1,000 words.
Chapter Book - B: Text only for older aged children (Middle Grade) and a one page single-spaced synopsis. First 1,000 words. Open theme.
Fiction writing for Young Adults.
Open themed: First 5,000 words maximum and a one page single-spaced synopsis.
First-round judging: The first 1,000 words and the synopsis is read by the CYA judges.
Final judging: The final judge will read your synopsis and the full 5,000 words.
a) Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Illustrated Middle-grade novel (words & illustrations): Fiction or non-fiction – any age group within CYA. Three pages of a graphic novel or 3 pages of an illustrated picture book, up to 500 words. Three illustrations of a middle-grade novel, with the words present on the pages. (Complete story to accompany - not judged.) Open theme.
b) Illustration option 1: Fearless – The Monkeys' breakfast.
c) Illustration option 2: Samantha’s Ordinary Day
The extract is not mandatory to appear on the page.