SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Manuscript Critique Information

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE INFORMATION

One-on-one critique sessions last 12 minutes. We cannot reschedule a missed appointment. To ensure a successful critique, see HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CRITIQUE TIME on the right sidebar. Written Author critiques will be distributed at the Conference.

Manuscript Critiques are for conference registrants only and are on a first-come, first-served basis. You may register only for one critique with Conference Staff listed below. However, if you are an author/ illustrator, you may submit a manuscript in addition to your portfolio critique session.

Fees for Face-to-Face Critiques are $45 

Fees for Written Author Critiques are $35

Questions about submissions: contact/email Co-Regional Advisor Sarah Campbell.

REGISTRATION:   You MUST register for the conference AND the critique before submitting.

DEADLINE:           ALL MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES HAVE AN EMAIL SUBMISSION DEADLINE OF MIDNIGHT, JANUARY 31, 2019.    ***NO NOTICE WILL BE SENT. PLEASE MARK THE DEADLINE ON YOUR CALENDAR AND SUBMIT BY THAT TIME AND DATE.***

Portfolios, of course, are to be brought to the conference. Details on the Portfolio Critique and Showcase Information Page.

SEND TO:    ALL email manuscripts are to be sent to the region at:  LaMsSubmit@gmail.com

For the Subject Line: Last name critiquer. Your Last Name.First Name – Your Submission Should be sent as a single attachment.

Example: Kendall.Mathis.Cheryl

PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THIS LIST BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR WORK.

1) Submission Material:

  • Middle Grade or YA novels: Send a cover letter, 10 pages of the manuscript, and a one-page synopsis. (total of 12 pages in a single document). Exception: for Whitney Stewart, if middle grade or young adults — the first 1,000 words, a cover letter, and a one-page synopsis.
  • PB: Send a cover letter and the full text. (must not exceed 11 pages). Do NOT send a dummy (another word for a document that includes words and illustrations arranged as they will be when published).

You will attach one document to your email. It is up to you the order in which you place the elements of your document. Our recommendation to you is that your cover letter be page 1 and that you begin your manuscript on page 2. If you are submitting pages from a MG or YA novel and they would not make sense without having read your synopsis, you would want to place your one-page synopsis as page 2 and begin your manuscript on page 3. (If you send in these elements in separate documents, all attached to the email to me, we will send them back. We need one document.)

This critique is for the first ten pages of a single manuscript, NOT a section in the middle and NOT selections from multiple works. The submission should be treated as if it is a single submission to an editor at a publishing house. Be sure the manuscript is grammatically correct and polished to the best of your writing ability. If you submit more than 10 pages, those over the limit will be eliminated. As stated, the entire submission should be emailed as one document in .doc .docx or .pdf

2) Format ALL manuscripts in 12-point Times New Roman with the manuscript text double-spaced. All else should be single-spaced.

3) In the upper left corner of your manuscript: NAME, ADDRESS, CITY/STATE, EMAIL ADDRESS AND GENRE [YA, MG, PB, CHAPTER BOOK, NF]

4) The name on your manuscript must match the name you registered under even if you write under a pseudonym.

5) For ALL Picture Books (fiction and nonfiction) and Poetry: Submit only the first TEN (10) pages of your manuscript, or a complete manuscript for a single picture book. No synopsis is needed. Do NOT include Back Matter.

6) For ALL Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Chapter Books (fiction and nonfiction): Submit only the first TEN (10) pages, even if it cuts off mid-chapter, plus a ONE-page synopsis. You MUST include the synopsis or we cannot accept your submission.  (See above special instructions for Whitney Stewart.)

7) Include a cover letter (no longer than a half page text) addressed to your critiquer. The cover letter and synopsis are in addition to the 10 pages.

8) Illustrators submitting a picture book manuscript may NOT include illustrations, but are permitted to bring a completed dummy to the in-person critique during the conference. You are encouraged to mention a dummy is available for review in the cover letter.

LIMIT:
One manuscript for face-to-face consultations. Illustrators can have one manuscript critique in addition to portfolio critique. The written consultations from Freddi Evans, Leslie Staub, Caroline Starr Rose, Crystal Allen, Whitney Stewart, and Sarah Campbell can be in addition to any of the consultations.

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