CYA – No Cows Illustrations

Meeting Cath (@SquiggleMum) was a wonderful thing.


Two weeks ago I flew to Brisbane to attend the CYA Conference – for those in the Children’s and Young Adult’s publishing industry. The main reason I dropped everything and flew is because my verse novel manuscript, ‘Bully on the Bus’ was winner of the published author category of the CYA Competition.

If you’ve missed that news, you can read more On Verse Novels, Bullies and Wonderful Wins. I’m still smiling – but have also been busy applying insights gained from my face-to-face meeting with Zoe Walton (Publisher โ€“ Childrenโ€™s & Young Adult Books at Random House Australia) who judged the published author section. It’s amazing the big difference that small details make.

One of the many wonderful things about attending the CYA was being able to view first-hand the artwork that my story, ‘No Cows!’ had inspired in the Illustration section of the CYA competition. Now you too can see it, because the pics have been posted to the CYA website. Want to see a whole lot of rural Australian illustrations, with beefy cows, stockhorse and cattle dog – and a bird in the herd that stalks as it walks, eating slugs and the bugs that the herd stirred…?

Click here –> ย No Cows! (& other illustrations) – CYA 2012

Love those beefy cattle! ๐Ÿ™‚

Click to look at artwork inspired by No Cows!



  1. Hey Kat

    The illustrations are so varied and so very different always.

    THANK YOU from CYA Conference for having a picture book you were willing to share with us, and have others illustrate for you.

    CYA later!
    CYA Conference.


    • Definitely love the diversity, Tina – across both manuscripts. But I’m sure glad I wasn’t judging them!!! There was lots of beautiful artwork submitted – both in this category, and in the graphic novel/picture book category. Well done, you, organising this great comp!


  2. Hi Kat
    My name is Kelly McDonald and i was the lucky winner at the CYA conference this year! Thank you so much for donating such a great story to inspire us with. I had a lot of fun making the images. My son also chose your book This is the Mud from the library and we both loved it. Hope to meet you sometime around the traps. Thanks again,
    x x kels


    • Lovely! Thanks for visiting, and sharing, Kels. So glad you enjoyed the story, and congratulations on your great win! I hope it is the start of many wonderful things for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Also delighted your son enjoyed This is the Mud!)


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