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CYA Competition 2018 winners

CYA CONFERENCE

Children's and Young Adult Writers
And Illustrators Conference

 

 On 7th July 2018, the 13th CYA Conference took place in Brisbane. With just over 200 people on site, we had an amazing day. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day, and to all volunteers, "The Sea of Blue CYA Team" - you did us proud - and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The Editors on site requested many manuscripts from attendees who had a 15 minute face to face assessment with them. Please remember now you next step is to SEND IN YOUR REQUESTED SUBMISSION!!!!

CYA Conference is pleased to announce the following winners in the 2018 Competition season. Where positions are tied, they are listed alphabetically by name.


Hatchlings: 

Category 1 - Picture Book - Preschool and Primary aged children:
Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

1st -  Chef Dog - Cory V

2nd - Still Not Asleep - Tessa Q

3rd - POP! - Nadia I

 

 Category 2 - Chapter Books and Novels

Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

1st - The Girl With The Story - Jessica M

2nd - Beyond The Stars - Hazel L

3rd - Dragon Master - Prequel To Imperial - Brittany D

 

Category 3 - Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Illustrated Middle-grade Novel or Illustrations:

Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

1st - The House That Isaac Gave Away - Sarah G

2nd - Maeve's Chickens - Briony H

 

Aspiring:

Category 1 - Picture Book - Preschool aged children:
Final Editor Judge: 
Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia

1st - A Letter To Post - Kylie Covark

2nd - How To Take Your Human For A Walk - Liz Ledden

3rd - Everything Big - Chelsea Davies

 

Category 2 - Picture Book - Primary aged children: 
Final Editor Judge: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia

1st - Zeke's Big & Scary Problem - Nat Amoore

2nd - I Just Want A Puppy - Nat Amoore

3rd - Under The Red Shawl - Vikki Conley

 

Category 3 - Picture Book - Non-Fiction - Primary aged children:
Final Editor Judge: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia

1st - Silly Sea Animal Names - Rebecca Sheraton

2nd - Cathy Freeman - Australia's Golden Girl - Liz Ledden

3rd - A Magical Beach Called Mon Repos, Where An Ancient Reptile Lays - Rebecca Coulombe

 

Category 4 - Chapter Book -Younger primary aged children:
Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for 
Penguin Random House

1st - The Fabulous Cakes Of Zinnia Jakes: The Crumbling Castle - Brenda Gurr - (Full Requested)

2nd - My Dad Told Me - Nat Amoore - (Full Requested)

3rd - Lady Milly Woof And The Royal Brick - Helen Parr

 

Category 5 - Chapter Book - Older aged children (Middle Grade):
Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

1st - Summer Of The Stormbird - Georgina Moore (Full Requested)

2nd - The Selkie’s Daughter - Wendy Adams (Full Requested)

3rd - Joe Below And The Curse Of Thoth - Brenda Gurr

 

Category 6 -  Young Adults:
Final Editor Judge: Lisa Berryman, Children’s Publisher at 
HarperCollins Publishers 

1st - Jellyfish Blues - Mary-Ellen Quirk - (Full Requested)

2nd - Hamelin - Shaun Stephen - (Full Requested)

3rd - Ostium - Hayley Jackson

 

Category 7 & 8 (Combined) - Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Illustrated Middle-grade Novel or Illustrations:
Final Editor Judge: Donna Rawlins - Senior designer for Walker Books Australia
 and Black Dog Books

1st - Maeve’s Chickens - Katrina Fisher

2nd - The Princesses Cage - Jenny Hale

3rd - Have You Seen A Spottlehog? - Linda Murray

3rd - Love From Australia - Ruth Waters

 

Published:

Final Judge: Davina Bell, Younger Readers Senior Editor for Affirm Press.

There is only one winner taken from ALL sections in Published.

 

Winner: This is the Dog : Off We Go - Maura Finn

Picture Books:

Highly Commended - Silence in the Library : Bones - Emma Vere-Jones

Highly Commended - When I Was Twelve - Katrina Roe

 

YA Novels & Chapter Books:

Highly Commended - Mitch & Max - Cate Whittle

Highly Commended - The Making of Abby Rhodes - Dee White

Highly Commended - The World As We Know It - Gwyneth Jane Page

 

Illustrations: Illustrated Picture Books. 

Highly Commended - Clancy’s Bakery – Rebecca Timmis

Highly Commended - Silas – Ardis Cheng


Congratulations to all!

 

Thank you to all the volunteer judges: This is the first year that we have paid our judges a small amount in a sliding scale in exchange for 'money off’ the cost of attending the CYA Conference, but much of their time is still volunteered.

Ally Howard, Ben Long, Cass Webb, Charlotte Barkla, Claire Saxby, Claire Richards, Georgina Moore, Grace Bryant, Heather Gallagher, Heidi Smith, Helene Magisson, Janet Reid, Jason Gent, Jo Antareau, Justine Barker, Kyle Clark, Louise Guy, Lynda Calder, Mia Carr, Michelle Worthington, Natalie Cooke, Natalie Hatch, Nickola Albrecht, Rebecca Timmis, Sharon Giltrow, Shaye Wardrop, Sue-Ellen Pashley and Tina Clark.

 

Thank you to the Final Editor Judges. It’s a big task to put your own time into this style of judging:

Davina Bell, Younger Readers Senior Editor for Affirm Press.

Donna Rawlins - Senior designer for Walker Books Australia and Black Dog Books

Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

Lisa BerrymanChildren’s Publisher at HarperCollins Publishers 

Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia

 

All feedback will be emailed out by 31st August as per the guidelines.

All artwork and final placing for whole categories will be posted by 31st August.

We will be doing a few posts over the next few days - there are photos up on the Facebook page already of the Networking dinner ( Thanks Peter Allert and Steve Howard) and of the day too - and more to follow.


CYA later!

Tina and the CYA Team!

 

 

 

 

Shortlist 2018

short listed picture

CYA Conference is pleased to announce the short list for the CYA Conference 2018 Writing and Illustrating Competition.

Please note that the final places will only be revealed at the Opening Awards Ceremony of CYA Conference on 7th July 2018, being held at South Bank TAFE, Brisbane. 

Look forward to seeing you there if you can make it!

 

(In alphabetical order - not final places)


Hatchlings: 

Category 1 - Picture Book - Preschool and Primary aged children:
Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

Chef Dog - Cory V

POP! - Nadia I

Still Not Asleep - Tessa Q


Category 2 - Chapter Books and Novels

Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

Beyond The Stars - Hazel L

Dragon Master - Prequel To Imperial - Brittany D

The Girl With The Story - Jessica M


Category 3 - Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Illustrated Middle-grade Novel or Illustrations:

Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

Maeve's Chickens - Briony H

The House That Isaac Gave Away - Sarah G


Aspiring:

Category 1 - Picture Book - Preschool aged children:
Final Editor Judge: 
Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia

A Letter To Post - Kylie Covark

Everything Big - Chelsea Davies

How To Take Your Human For A Walk - Liz Ledden


Category 2 - Picture Book - Primary aged children: 
Final Editor Judge: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia

I Just Want A Puppy - Nat Amoore

Under The Red Shawl - Vikki Conley

Zeke's Big & Scary Problem - Nat Amoore


Category 3 - Picture Book - Non-Fiction - Primary aged children:
Final Editor Judge: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia

A Magical Beach Called Mon Repos, Where An Ancient Reptile Lays - Rebecca Coulombe

Cathy Freeman - Australia's Golden Girl - Liz Ledden

Silly Sea Animal Names - Rebecca Sheraton


Category 4 - Chapter Book -Younger primary aged children:
Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for 
Penguin Random House

Lady Milly Woof And The Royal Brick - Helen Parr

My Dad Told Me - Nat Amoore

The Fabulous Cakes Of Zinnia Jakes: The Crumbling Castle - Brenda Gurr


Category 5 - Chapter Book - Older aged children (Middle Grade):
Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

Joe Below And The Curse Of Thoth - Brenda Gurr

Summer Of The Stormbird - Georgina Moore

The Selkie’s Daughter - Wendy Adams


Category 6 -  Young Adults:
Final Editor Judge: Lisa Berryman, Children’s Publisher at 
HarperCollins Publishers 

Hamelin - Shaun Stephen

Jellyfish Blues - Mary-Ellen Quirk

Ostium - Hayley Jackson


Category 7 & 8 (Combined) - Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Illustrated Middle-grade Novel or Illustrations:
Final Editor Judge: Donna Rawlins - Senior designer for Walker Books Australia
 and Black Dog Books

Have You Seen A Spottlehog? - Linda Murray

Love From Australia - Ruth Waters

Maeve’s Chickens - Katrina Fisher

The Princesses Cage - Jenny Hale


Published:

Final Judge: Davina Bell, Younger Readers Senior Editor for Affirm Press.

There is only one winner taken from ALL sections in Published.

Picture Books:

Silence in the Library : Bones - Emma Vere-Jones

This is the Dog : Off We Go - Maura Finn

When I Was Twelve - Katrina Roe


YA Novels & Chapter Books:

Mitch & Max - Cate Whittle

The Making of Abby Rhodes - Dee White

The World As We Know It - Gwyneth Jane Page


Illustrations: Illustrated Picture Books. 

All illustrations have been seen by the editor and are under review. Anyone making it into the final line up will be notified.


Congratulations everyone on the short list! 


Thank you to all the volunteer judges: This is the first year that we have paid our judges a small amount in exchange for 'money off’ the cost of attending the CYA Conference, but much of their time is still volunteered.

Ally Howard, Ben Long, Cass Webb, Charlotte Barkla, Claire Saxby, Claire Richards, Georgina Moore, Grace Bryant, Heather Gallagher, Heidi Smith, Helene Magisson, Janet Reid, Jason Gent, Jo Antareau, Justine Barker, Kyle Clark, Louise Guy, Lynda Calder, Mia Carr, Michelle Worthington, Natalie Cooke, Natalie Hatch, Nickola Albrecht, Rebecca Timmis, Sharon Giltrow, Shaye Wardrop, Sue-Ellen Pashley and Tina Clark.


Thank you to the Final Editor Judges. It’s a big task to put your own time into this style of judging:

Davina Bell, Younger Readers Senior Editor for Affirm Press.

Donna Rawlins - Senior designer for Walker Books Australia and Black Dog Books

Lisa Berryman, Children’s Publisher at HarperCollins Publishers 

Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

Lisa Berryman, Children’s Publisher at HarperCollins Publishers 

Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia


To everyone else who entered, who didn’t short list: CONGRATULATIONS!!

for having the courage to put your work out there, in front of a faceless stranger, to received feedback. THANK YOU for entering. 

We hope that the feedback you get helps you on your journey towards creating a better story! 

All feedback will be emailed out by 31st August as per the guidelines.


Without you all - we couldn’t have this competition. THANK YOU!


Our Twitter name is:@CYAConference and we are using the tag line: #CYA2018, if you choose to tweet about it!

If you have shortlisted and you can’t attend conference or you are wanting to know the up to date happenings at CYA Conference during the day, we will be tweeting results on our normal @CYAConference and also #CYA2018. Note that the web site will not be updated until Monday 9th.


Quick reminder - you can BOOK CYA CONFERENCE  up to the day before. We don’t run out of space!  TAFE has multiple sized rooms, we can expand should we need it. (And I'm famous for over-catering,) but it's nice if you can book earlier to give us a few days to get your name badge etc sorted.


Exciting news: Donna Rawlins - Senior designer for Walker Books Australia and Black Dog Books  will be opening her pitching sessions up to picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult novels and illustration portfolios, so if you want to go in and book a pitch, be quick!



Don’t forget to book for your Networking evening on 6th July! Its a fabulous evening with everyone casually getting to know each other! Did I mention there is food and wine...



There is a French Festival on at South Bank the same weekend: 

YOUR FRENCH RENDEZ-VOUS AT SOUTH BANK - 6, 7 & 8 JULY 2018 

So anyone coming in for editors on Friday, remember that you will need to find street parking or allow time to park in either convention centre (closest) or QPAC parking.

This year it is more important than ever to book your vehicles into the carpark on Saturday 7th July for the conference as parking is restricted, and security will be checking your printouts.



We are expecting to send out the final editor assessment, and pitching time this weekend. Please CHECK and MAKE SURE that your flights to and from Brisbane have been booked, and everything still fits into your schedules.


Because there have been a number of change to the program at CYA Conference 2018, we advise you to check what sessions you booked in to attend at CYA Conference. Make sure that you still want those sessions, if not, you are welcome to change them yourself. We use this information for room sizing, so its important to us to get it right, becuase if our room is too small, and we know in advance, we can switch rooms at TAFE, expand where necessary.

I. You book your conference and pay with Paypal.

2. Then you go and select your sessions, only after you have a conference number emailed to you. ( Then you get an email back - confirming these sessions.)

3. You can use the link in that confirmation of your sessions email, to go and edit your attendence choice if you want to.

4. If you have problems, email us and we can help you. 


Headshots…Many of our headshots are not professional. CYA Conference have secured a professional photographer for use on the day, consider if your photo you are sharing is old? (Admitting that mine is 9 years old, and a few kilograms heavier too… I’m having to get a new one done as well!) Is yours is not up to scratch, but its a time management thing to get another one? Stop making excuses, you need to put forward a professional photograph. There will be multiple backgrounds, so we will not all look like we had them taken at the same place. Places have been filling, so get in there and get yours done. Don’t put it off any longer. This is a reasonable price to own your media image!



Once again - Wahooooo to all those on the short list! 


I think thats about all for today, sure as I send this I'll remember something else I should have told everyone… so until next time, keep writing, keep illustrating and keep smiling!

 

CYA later!

Tina & The CYA Conference Team

 


Reopened editors appointments

Editor/Agent/Industry Professional Appointments:

3rd June : Due to a number of changes to the editor works submitted we have reopened bookings until 9 June 2018.  

Some of the sold-out editors now have sessions available.


Please make sure you look at the EDITOR Appointment page for details AND look at each editor as to what they are looking to do assessments on.



CYA Later!

Tina and the CYA Conference team.




5 Minute Pitching Opens

Excited to share that certain editors and agent will be doing 5 minute pitching at CYA Conference this year. 

Important to note that these are NOT assessments, they are verbal pitches. 

As per the Editor Appointments page - these are the details:


5 Minute Agent and Editor Pitching Apointments: 

Import information:

  • You can only book pitching sessions once you have booked for the conference.
  • Session time will be allocated for the pitching sessions.
  • Pitches are strictly limited to a maximum of 5 minutes.
  • You may select as many agents and editors as you want on a single booking.
  • You can book multiple sessions with the same editors but they will need to be made as separate bookings. 
  • Sessions are $5.50 (incl GST) each.

Only certian editors/agents are taking formal 5 minute appointments, please make sure you check their EDITOR & AGENT pages and only pitch what they are choosing to see.

Friday:

 Saturday: 




We have also recently added a new video from our awesome volunteer Peter Allert, and thank him heaps, for his time spent videoing and editing. See the bottom of our Home page for this video to get a taste of what happens at CYA Conference!   


There are still a number of the EDITOR ASSESSMENT SUBMISSIONS outstanding - please send yours in ASAP if you are one of these.


The competition is in the final throws of CYA Judging…and we look forward to revealing the shortlist on the 20th June. Thanks you to all the CYA  judges, for you hard work! 


Until next time, keep creating!


CYA later!

Tina and the CYA Conference Team!



Program changes, Head shots, Final Editor Judges 2018, general update

Catch up:

A rather full catchup from CYA Conference team this week: 

1. Program changes

2. Friday night dinner menu changes

3. Headshots

4. Competition Final Editor Judges Announced.


1. Program Changes

We have had a few changes to our program, in the Self Publishing stream.

Studio 3 now welcome Deborah Lee,(IngramSparks), Rebecca McDonald and Dr Lara Cain Cray (both from Library For All Australia), and Louise Guy to the presenter list! 


Studio 3’s new look program: 

11:00am    90 min       Deborah Lee - IngramSpark ~ Self-Publishing: Getting it right! The growth of self-publishing; the importance of investing in your book with professional services for cover design, typesetting, etc.; the possibilities of Print on Demand and ebook platforms; marketing your book and building an author platform; and the importance of metadata in a digital environment in both national and international markets.

12:30pm     60 min     Lunch

13:35pm     45 min      Deborah Lee, Rebecca McDonald, Dr Lara Cain Gray  ~ In conversation: Innovations in children’s book publishing: a story from online to print. 

14:25pm     45 min      Louise Guy ~ The Self-Publishing Road - The DOs. The DON'Ts.  An in-depth path of an authors experience, including distributing through Scholastic USA.

15:10pm     15 min      Afternoon Tea

15:30pm     45 min      Louise Guy ~ The Self-Publishing Road - The DOs. The DON'Ts. (Continued).

16:20pm     Everyone return to Studio 1 for next session


For a PDF copy of this program click here.


If you have already done your selection of your session, and you find you wish to switch. Just go to the confirmation that you were sent when you did this, and use the link supplied in the following sentence to go and edit your sessions: 

"Your itinerary is below and can be updated at any time prior to the conference by clicking on this link: {edit_link}."



2. Friday Networking Menu change:

TAFE head chef has given us a new menu for the Friday night - and we are so pleased with it - as it includes lots of buffet hot food for the cooler weather.

Salads:

  • Garden- baby lettuces, tomato, cucumber, carrot, capsicum, sprouts, balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Pasta- penne pasta, roasted capsicum, tomato, Spanish onion, basil pesto mayonnaise.

Side selection:

  • Roasted veggies
  • Chips
  • Steamed Rice

Main Selection:

  • Roast Chicken
  • Crumbed Qld Whiting
  • Beef Bourguignon

Dessert selection-

  • Assorted sliced whole cakes and tortes.
  • Seasonal fruit salad.

Dinner rolls (including Gluten free), butter and assorted condiments included.

Guests with dietary requirements, will also have some alternate options TBA on the numbers booked, so be sure to let us know on your booking.


3. Headshots:

On site at CYA Conference this year we are having a number of TRADE PROFESSIONALS to help along a career. Welcome to Melani, our professional photographer taking author headshots. Places are limited, so you do need to secure these. 

Photographer: Melanie (YourPhotographer.com)

Your session will include a 15-minute photo shoot taken against your choice of backdrop, and 15 minutes to select your picture, which will be provided to you in electronic format.

Price: $63.50 inc GST for the first digital image.

Additional digital images can be purchased on the day directly from the photographer at $20 per image.



3. 2018 Competition Final Judges:

CYA Conference is pleased to announce the following final editor judges for the Competition sections:


Hatchlings: 

All categories:
Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House


Aspiring:

Category 1 - Picture Book - Preschool aged children:
Final Editor Judge: 
Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia

Category 2 - Picture Book - Primary aged children: 
Final Editor Judge: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia

Category 3 - Picture Book - Non-Fiction - Primary aged children:
Final Editor Judge: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Publisher for Lothian Children’s books, Hachette Australia

Category 4 - Chapter Book -Younger primary aged children:
Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

Category 5 - Chapter Book - Older aged children (Middle Grade):
Final Editor Judge: Katrina Lehman - Senior Editor for Penguin Random House

Category 6 -  Young Adults:
Final Editor Judge: Lisa Berryman, Children’s Publisher at 
HarperCollins Publishers 

Category 7 - Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Illustrated Middle-grade novel:
Final Editor Judge: Donna Rawlins - Senior designer for Walker Books Australia
 and Black Dog Books

Category 8 -  Illustration:
Final Editor Judge: Donna Rawlins - Senior designer for Walker Books Australia
 and Black Dog Books


Published:

Final Judge: Davina Bell, Younger Readers Senior Editor for Affirm Press.


I can’t belive there are only 6.5 weeks and then its CYA Conference - there is still so much to get ready from CYA admin side… especially trying to find a balloon hashtag! 


Until next time, keep creating!


CYA Later!

Tina and the CYA Conference Team!

Updates and Networking Event opens

Thank you to everyone for being so patient and waiting the whole day for the update today….. we pushed the publish button a little too early, so instead of reverting back to the last version, and causing chaos, we decided to leave it, and you would simply get the rest of the update tonight when we got it all done. (Hopefully completing all the 'holes' on the site...) 

Today we opened the Networking Event for 6th July 2018, to be held at "66 On Earnest". (The restaurant at TAFE), 66 Ernest Street, South Bank, Queensland.

We are so excited as this bigger space means that we could expand the evening, and holding this event at TAFE means that while our buffet meal is cooked by the students of TAFE in their School of Tourism & Hospitality capacity, (so helping others learn and progress in their careers while we network), we have been able to keep the price the same as last year, and include the same amazing drinks offer, keeping the cost of the evening reasonable.

See the Networking Event page for all the details and for booking button.

Updates also included the confirmation of our final presenters in the program - Naomi Gaskell (Google)Alex Adsett (Alex Adsett Publishing Service), Kristy Bushnell (Kristy Bushnell Editing Services), and Samantha Turnbull. Thank you to these presenters and we look forward to their workshops! Kristy Bushnell will also be at CYA Conference in an independent editor capacity, for a limited number of places.

Please note that this concludes the editors and agents that we were adding and the list is now completed. (Unless of course someone amazing contacts us and wants to visit with us for the day!) 

In the update, the success panel was also revealed. Congratulations to everyone on the panel as they join in as presenters this year. Catherine Pelosi, Cherri Ryan, Emma MiddletonMaura FinnKellie ByrnesMatt B Lewis and Taryn Bashford. Remember its worth visiting their success pages as well to see what they have achieved. 

A reminder that the  CYA Competitors closes on 4th April 2018, a week today - so don’t get caught out thinking you have another month - you only have a week to get those entries in. Remember I do try and stay up till midnight for any last minute problems, but then I switch off and go to sleep.

Until next time, keep creating!


CYA Later!

Tina and the CYA Conference Team!



2018 Conference & Assessments open

The 13th CYA Conference will be held on 7th July 2018 and the bookings are now open.

This conference is a professional development day for new and established writers and illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult literature. Master classes and workshops will be conducted by Belinda O’BrienClaire Saxby, Emma Hall, Hayley JacksonJules FaberJulie Winters (Associate Director, Nielsen BookScan), Rebecca Sheraton and Sue Whiting

Our CYA success stories will once again showcase that CYA Conference is making a difference in aspiring authors and illustrators in helping them on their road to publication.

On-site professionals will include, editors and agents, from all over Australia, including self Publishing, and industry professionals: Danielle Binks (Jacinta di Mase Management), Emma Hall (IngramSpark), Tadaa Children's BooksmithsDavina Bell (Affrim Press)Anouska Jones (EK Books)Meredith Costain (Ford Street Publishing), Lisa Berryman (HarperCollins)Chren Byng (ABC Books, HarperCollins), Marisa Pintado (Hardie Grant Egmont)Sue Whiting (Independent), Emma Hall (IngramSpark), Jessica Owen (Penguin Random House)Katrina Lehman (Penguin Random House)Emily Lighezzolo (Rhiza Press)Clare Hallifax (Scholastic)Kristina Schulz (UQP), Donna Rawlins (WalkerBooks)Sue Whiting (Independent), Rochelle Manners(Wombat Books), and Ann-Marie Finn (Yellow Brick Books).

Editor and Agent  - see Editors & Agents page for more information.

Accommodation - see Hotel & Travel page for more information

Networking evening - will happen again, we are still securing the premises. So hang in there for that news.

Reminder that the competition closes on 4th April this year - an earlier date than previously! Please don’t get caught out and miss it!


Until next time - keep writing, keep illustrating! 


CYA later!

Tina and the CYA Conference team.

 

Competition: Published Section Open

It is with great pleasue that we announce that the Final Judge for the Published sections in the CYA Conference 2018 competition is: 

Davina Bell, Younger Readers Senior Editor for Affirm Press.

The Published section of the competition is now open.

Good luck to everyone entering the CYA Conference competition, and remember the closing date for 2018 changed and is on 4th April.

See the competitons page for more details.

Until next time, keep writing, keep illustrating!


CYA later!

Tina and the CYA Conference team!

P.S. If you can’t see a page that should be on the CYA site, try refreshing your browser page. 


 


The unpublished sections for the 2018 CYA Competition are now open

CYA Conference is pleased to announce that the 2018 unpublished sections for Writing and Illustrating in the CYA Competitions are now open.


IMPORTANT: THIS YEARS COMPETITION WILL CLOSE ON THE 04th APRIL.


Aspiring (Unpublished) Categories:
1.  Picture Book – preschool-aged children
2.  Picture Book – primary aged children
3.  Picture Book Non-Fiction – primary aged children
4.  Chapter Book – a) younger primary aged children 
5.  Chapter Book - b) older aged children (Middle Grade)
6.  Young Adults
7.  a) Graphic Novel
     b) Illustrated Picture Book
     c) Illustrated Middle-grade novel (words & illustrations)
8.  Illustrations
     a) Option 1 - Mad-Man-Jones
     b) Option 2 - Maeve’s Chickens

Entry Fee: A$ 21.00 including GST


Hatchlings (8 – 18yrs) Categories:
1.  Picture Books preschool and primary aged children
2.  Chapter book and Young adult
     a) Text only for younger primary aged children
     b) Text only for older aged children (Middle Grade)
     c) Fiction writing for Young Adults 
3.  Illustrations
     a) Graphic Novel
     b) Illustrated Picture Book
     c) Illustrated Middle-grade novel (words & illustrations)
     d) Option 1 - Mad-Man-Jones
     e) Option 2 - Maeve’s Chickens 
  
Entry Fee: 
A$14.10 including GST


Published Authors & Illustrators Categories (Opens: 30th January 2018):
1.   Picture Books
2.   Novels
3.   Illustrations
 Entry Fee: A$ 38.80 including GST

Final Judge for Published Author will be announced on the opening of these sections.


The prizes
Aspiring (Unpublished) Writing & Illustrating: $200.00 per category, (1st - $100, 2nd - $60, 3rd - $40), and all shortlisted entries are read by at least one publisher of children’s books.

Hatchlings: $200.00 per category, (1st - $100, 2nd - $60, 3rd - $40), and all shortlisted entries are read by at least one publisher of children’s books.

Published Authors and illustrators: Critique of winning entry by Final Judge to be advised, and a face to face editor/agent appointment at the conference with industry professional of their choice attending for writing (both sections only 1 winner) and illustrating. 

See the competition page for details! 

Good luck to everyone!

CYA later!
Tina and the CYA Conference team!

Confirmed date: 7th July 2018


It is with such great pleasure that we can confirm the date for the 13th CYA Conference is 7th July 2018.

Thank you to TAFE, South Bank! Big shout out to the facilities administration there for accomodating us so early in their schedule! 

More exciting news will follow soon, so stay tuned…

Untill then, keep writing, keep illustarting!


CYA later!

Tina and the whole CYA Team! 





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