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©2019 by CYA Conference.

Aspiring (Unpublished)

Writing for the children's and young adults' markets

Eligibility

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.

 

Publication

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.

 

Entry Fee

$22.00 (includes GST) eftpos/credit card only. No cash or cheques.

 
Categories
  1. Picture Book - Text only for preschool-aged children up to 500 words. Open theme. 
     

  2. Picture Book - Text only for primary aged children up to 500 words. Open theme.
     

  3. Picture Book - Non- Fiction - Text only for primary aged children up to 500 words. Open theme.
     

  4. Chapter Book - A: Text only for younger primary aged children and a one page single-spaced synopsis. First 1,000 words.
    Open theme.
     

  5. Chapter Book - B: Text only for older aged children (Middle Grade) and a one page single-spaced synopsis. First 1,000 words. Open theme.
     

  6. 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.
     

  7. 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. 
    or
    b) Illustration option 1: Fearless –  The Monkeys' breakfast.
    or
    c) Illustration option 2: Samantha’s Ordinary Day 
    The extract is not mandatory to appear on the page.

 

 

 

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Download the Guidelines

for the CYA Stories for

Children & Young  Adults

Competitions