Competition close 4 April 2021
We're changing the illustration competitions this year and entries are not yet open for these sections.
Writing for the children's and young adults' markets
All writers worldwide, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres.
This contest is also open to current published writers 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 - A video consultation for 15 minutes with the competition final judge.
Second - $60
Third - $40
All shortlisted entries are read by at least one publisher of children's books.
The winning entry and short-listed finalist will be judged by a publisher of children’s books, with no guarantee of publication. Author 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. You can include 500 words non-fiction notes if applicable.
Chapter Book - A: Text only for younger primary aged children and 600 word, single-spaced synopsis. First 1,000 words. Open theme.
Chapter Book - B: Text only for older aged children (Middle Grade) and 600 word, single-spaced synopsis. First 1,000 words. Open theme.
Fiction writing for Young Adults.
Open themed: First 5,000 words maximum and 600 word, 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.
Writing for the Adults Genres - click here for details.