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The Copyright Agency - The Create Career Fund

Copyright Agency

The Career Fund now operates four rounds a year through two streams of funding – the Ignite Career Fund and the Create Career Fund.

The Ignite Career Fund will continue to support individual emerging creators seeking specific skills development, with individual grants of up to $5000 offered to successful applicants. There will be two rounds for the Ignite Fund each year, read these guidelines to find out more.

The Create Career Fund has been developed to provide time for mid to late career writers and visual artists to write, research and create. Individual grants of up to $20,000 with a minimum of $10,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. There will be two rounds for the Create Career Fund each year, read these guidelines to find out more. APPLY NOW.

Successful applicants will be notified approximately eight weeks after the advertised deadline. Activities for which Career Funding for either stream is sought cannot commence earlier than this.

The online application is through SmartyGrants.

For more information, contact Career Fund Manager, Susan Cole, by phone +612 9394 7600 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CYA Conference

Writing and Illustrating Competition

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For more info and entry forms please visit: www.cyaconference.com

CYA Conference is pleased to announce that the 2017 unpublished sections for Writing and Illustrating in the CYA Competitions are now open…

Aspiring (Unpublished) & Hatchling Entrants:


Opens: 9th January 2017


Closes: 30th April 2017

Entry Fee:

Aspiring (Unpublished): AUS$ 20.50 including GST
Hatchlings (8 – 18yrs): AUS$ 13.60 including GST



Opens: 23rd January 2017 


Closes: 30th April 2017 

Entry Fee:

Published: AUS$ 38.30 including GST

Final Judge for Published Author still to be advised on opening of competition.



  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. Graphic novels, illustrated picture books and Middle Grade illustrated novels.
  8. Illustrations.


  1. Picture Books preschool and primary aged children.
  2. Chapter book and Young adult.
  3. Graphic novels, illustrated picture books and Middle Grade illustrated novels.


  1. Picture Books
  2. Novels
  3. Illustrations

Prize for each section:

Aspiring (Unpublished) Writing & Illustrating: $100.00 per category, and submission of short listed entries to 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 conference with industry professional of their choice attending for writing (both sections only 1 winner) and illustrating.

Hatchlings: $100.00 per category, and submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of children’s books.

Good luck to everyone!

CYA later!
Tina and the CYA Conference team!

Greenleaf Press - KinderFest

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Miniature Literary Festivals for Miniature People...

KinderFests are 2 hour miniature literary festivals for very young children. These mini-festivals are perfect for daycare centres, preschools, kindergartens, Pre-Prep and Prep.

We have access to a wide range of picture book creators, both authors and illustrators, who are also experienced presenters and performers. Three guest picture book creators read their stories, sing songs, have question time and run a simple craft or drawing activity.

Sessions can be held with one large group or split into three smaller groups and run on a simultaneous rotating basis. The Story Time and Craft sessions are followed by Book Sales and Signings so children can take home their very own, first-ever personally signed book.

KinderFests are perfect for Open Days, Special Friends and Grandparents Days, Children's Week, Numeracy & Literacy Week, Library Week, Book Week or simply to educate children about the importance of books and reading.​

We organise everything so you only have one point of contact. It's very easy!

Website: www.greenleafpress.net/kinderfest

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The Secret Door

2017 Competition for Australian Children’s and YA Writers

The not-for-profit competition, The Secret Door, supports families affected by domestic violence.

The Secret Door

The 2017 competition focus is on a compelling first line or sentence with the winner receiving a book pack written by Australian authors.


Opens: 15 April 2017 


Closes: 15 July 2017 

Email entries only

Eligibility: Open to Australian aspiring and indie/self published writers

There are three categories:

  • Picture book (0-8 year olds) completed manuscript.
  • Middle Fiction (8-12 year olds) first chapter.
  • Young Adult (13-18 year olds) first chapter.

Entry fee: $15.00


Every entry receives feedback.

Each first placegetter receives return of entry fee plus optional opportunity to resubmit their updated entry one month after receiving their feedback to be published on The Secret Door website, helping the authors to gain exposure.

Conditions: see submission guidelines on The Secret Door website. www.thesecretdoor.com.au

Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin

Writing for Children - Beginners course

with Anna “Tashi” Fienberg & guest publisher Anna McFarlane

Faber Writing Academy


25 May 2017 



15 June 2017 

Thursday evenings

Anna (Tashi) Fienberg

Learn inside Allen & Unwin’s publishing house - Sydney

‘Eloquently delivered. Stimulating. Succinct and informative.’ - Paul

‘Anna was very encouraging and gave great feedback.’ - Georgina

For full details visit our website and select Sydney courses or call 02 8425 0171

Website: faberwritingacademy.com.au/writing_for_kids

Find out what makes a successful manuscript. Discover how to craft a compelling story, memorable characters, authentic dialogue and an evocative setting. Learn about your audience and the themes and language suited to different age groups. Discuss what publishers are looking for and how to convince them that you are worth publishing.

The course includes 8 hours of intensive tuition over 4 weeks, refreshments in class and a complimentary copy of an A& publication.

Reading Matters 2017 - Professional Conference

Presented by Centre for Youth Literature, State Library Victoria

State Library of Vic


Friday 2 June 2017 


Saturday 3 June 2017 

When: Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June 2017

Venue: ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road

Price: $500 (early bird price)

Reading Matters is a significant biennial event in the Australian youth literature community. Bringing a suite of international and local authors to Australia, the conference is an industry leader in discussions of young adult issues and trends.

Book your Early Bird tickets now for this two-day professional conference, available exclusively until Wednesday 30 November 2016.

Reading Matters 2017

For more information: register.eventarc.com/35758/reading-matters-2017-professional-conference

NSW Writers' Centre - From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

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Saturday 3 June, 10am–4pm

Big Pet Day

Who: Lisa Shanahan

When: Saturday 3 June, 10am–4pm

Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Level: Beginner

So where do fantastic ideas for picture books come from? And what really makes a picture book work? Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan in this one-day course for beginning writers and learn what it takes to create a picture book from first seed to final story. Together the class will study the essential elements of the picture book form; including creating convincing characters, voice, structure, sound, pace, emotional resonance and the importance of encouraging a creative marriage between text and illustrations. Through practical exercises, students will explore fresh ways of harvesting original ideas from memory and observation as inspiration for their own work, as well as discovering the significance of playful, poetic line-by-line writing. An overview of the children’s book publishing industry will also be given; including issues regarding submission, layout of manuscripts, finding publishers and agents.

For more information on this course: www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/writing-for-children-and-young-adults/from-seed-to-story-writing-picture-books

Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin

Emerging children’s authors must: Revise Revise Revise!

with Elise Jones - Senior Editor, Children & YA at Allen & Unwin

Faber Writing Academy

Honing & submitting your children's book & what to expect from an editor


Saturday 17 June, 10 - 4 pm 

Allen & Unwin – East Melbourne

Elise Jones

Elise Jones

Senior Editor, Children & YA at Allen & Unwin

Saturday 17 June, 10 - 4 pm

Allen & Unwin – East Melbourne

Website: faberwritingacademy.com.au/revise-revise-revise

The course will focus on picture books, junior fiction and young adult fiction.

Topics covered will include:

  • Submission tips, pitching your work, and what publishers are looking for
  • An overview of the editor's role – what editing is all about; what to expect from an editor
  • Structural editing – what it entails, common pitfalls, examples
  • Copyediting – what it entails, common pitfalls, examples
  • A published author's perspective – discussion with award-winning children's book author Kim Kane

Celebrate Reading National Conference - 2017

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Friday 27th October 2017


 Saturday 28th October 2017

Join us in 2017 for our Celebrate Reading National Conference - The Inside Story on Quality Australian Literature for Children


Celebrate Reading National Conference 2017

For more information: www.celebratereading.org.au

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    Richard Harland
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    Isobelle Carmody
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    Sue Whiting
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    Keep up the fabtastic work! - www.oliverwriter.com

    Oliver Phommavanh
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    Wendy Blaxland
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    Emma Quay
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    Kate Forsyth
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    Dimity Powell
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    DC Green
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    Aleesah Darlison
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    Bill Condon
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    Susanne Gervay
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    Nick Falk
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    Deborah Abela
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    Tristan Bancks
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    Jen Storer
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    Janeen Brian
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