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2022 Competitions Close 03 April 

Published Author

Writing for the children's and young adults' markets


This contest is open to current published writers worldwide, 

  • Who had more than two books published within this section’s genres in any form, print to eBook. This includes trade, partner and self-publishing.


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

Entry and Prizes


The overall winner of the combined sections will have a video consultation for 15 minutes with the competition final judge.


The final judges in the published competition categories:

  • Published - children & YA - Michelle Madden (Penguin Random House)

  • Published - illustrations - Michelle Madden (Penguin Random House)

  • Published - adult - Clive Hebard (Penguin Random House)



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


Entry Fee

$45.00 (GST included) eftpos/credit card only. No cash or cheques.


Open theme


Writing for Children and Young Adults Genres:


P01) Picture Book Texts: Up to 3 picture book texts can be entered together as ONE entry. (No synopsis necessary for picture books, but separate pitches for each story must be present.)



P02) YA/Middle grade: First 12,500 words, pitch and a synopsis of up to 600 words.

P10) Writing for the Adults Genres - click here for details.

We recommend you download and read the competition guidelines prior to submitting your entries.

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