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Writing/Illustrating Competition for All Ages

Writing and illustrating competitions are a great way to get your work seen by publishers.

Each year, the CYA Conference offers opportunities for authors and illustrators of all ages and levels of experience to enter your stories and illustrations.

There are opportunities for new writers/illustrators, published writers/illustrators and kids (hatchlings).

Each entry is prejudged by at least two volunteers who are published, unpublished, and editors as well as avid readers of the genres.  CYA endeavours to have at least one published author/illustrator/editor judge adjudicate per entry sent into the competition.

The judges use a standard score sheet per writing category.The scores are tallied into a percentage and the final results are based on that percentage. The same happens for illustrations, graphic novel and illustrated picture books entries.

Judges feedback is provided for all entries.

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.

More information is available at the CYA website.

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Happy 2016

I hope your new year is off to a good start.

Unfortunately, I’ve been a little preoccupied, which is why I haven’t been posting here.

Logo_no_lamp_text_sampleMy crit buddy Alison Reynolds and I have been organising a conference for Kidlit and YA writers and illustrators.

Our aim is to help people get published.

There will be publisher panels discussing what’s hot and what’s not in publishing.

We’ll also have an illustrator panel to provide information to help illustrators find their way in Australian Publishing. Our Illustrator Liaison is the the fabulous Nicky Johnston, Creative Director of the 52-Week Illustration Challenge and a published author/illustrator.

The conference will take place on 7 May 2016 at the State Library of Victoria.

Our fabulous lineup of industry professionals includes:

  • Black Dog Books/ Walker
  • Hachette
  • Hardie Grant Egmont
  • HarperCollins
  • Penguin
  • Random House
  • Scholastic
  • Scribble/Scribe
  • The Five Mile Press
  • Jacinta di Mase Literary Agent

As well as the panels, there will be manuscript and portfolio assessments and a cocktail party.

We’re organising this not-for-profit event for Australian authors and illustrators

You can find out more at our website.

Hope to meet you there :)

Dee

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