Writing 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Each entry is prejudged by at least two volunteers who are published, unpublished, and editors as well as avid readers of the genres.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.


2 thoughts on “Writing Competition for all ages

  1. Good luck to all who enter this great competition. A considerable number of past entries have been traditionally published, and not just the prize winners. The feedback for all submissions is appreciated and can be very beneficial, and it’s a great opportunity to have your work seen by professionals. Illustrators have also been offered deals in the following months and years.

    However, while comments may be useful in revision, publishing houses and editors (and readers) differ in their taste, so lack of ‘success’ does not necessarily mean that the work needs changes in order to be accepted for publication. Someone with matching taste to your own may well be found further afield.

    The number of well known stories that were rejected by a swag of publishers prior to publication is legendary. The same goes for competition entries. The text for my picture book ‘Once a Creepy Crocodile’, now published by the Five Mile Press and which was shortlisted for the 2015 Book of the Year Award by Australian Speech Pathologists, was unplaced in CYA competition in the year it was submitted. In fact, it never even got a mention on the extended Shortlist of potential finalists.

    Keep making submissions and never give up!

  2. Thanks Peter,

    That’s absolutely true. We need to take on only the feedback that works for us, and we have to keep submitting.

    I hope that 2016 is a successful year for you.

    Kind regards,


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