While we do our best to accommodate all requests, the number of spots is limited, and they are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. Please read the instructions carefully to be sure your submission is complete. The instructions have changed considerably since last year. The final deadline for critiques, consultations, and reviews is February 16, 2018. No one will be allowed to register for more than one critique until after that date. We will announce if second critiques will be allowed.
Gatekeeper critiques are limited, so please register early. Critique Registration is NOT FINAL until you submit your manuscript following the directions below and receive confirmation from the Critique Coordinator. Submit immediately to reserve your spot! If you register for a gatekeeper critique but do not submit your manuscript while slots are still available, you will be given the option to select a local author or illustrator critique instead and have the difference refunded, or have the amount refunded entirely.
Note that all critiques and portfolio reviews are on Saturday unless special arrangements are made.
These steps must be completed before any manuscript will be assigned to a critiquer. Failure to complete means someone else can still take your slot. The deadline for completion of these steps is February 16, 2018.
1. You must register for the conference and payment must be received for the conference and the critique.
2. Email Suzanna Banwell at email@example.com .
a. State your preference for critiquer (first, second, and third). Also, let us know whether you want a refund in case you’re not able to get your preference. You will receive your time slot and assigned critiquer shortly before the conference. This is the list of available critiquers:
Stacey Friedberg (picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, graphic novel)
Celia Lee (portfolio, picture books, early reader/chapter book fiction and nonfiction) – ALL SLOTS FILLED AS OF 1/13/18
Laurent Linn (portfolio)
Penny Moore (picture books, middle grade fiction and nonfiction, young adult fiction and nonfiction)
James Ransome (portfolio, graphic novel)
Raúl Colón (portfolio)
Quressa Robinson (young adult fiction)
Authors and Illustrators:
Pintip Dunn (young adult fiction)
Meg Eden (middle grade fiction, young adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry/novels in verse)
Laura Gehl (picture books)
Tamara Girardi (young adult fiction)
Leah Henderson (picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction)
Carollyne Hutter (early reader/chapter fiction and nonfiction, middle grade fiction and nonfiction, young adult fiction and nonfiction)
Megan Wagner Lloyd (picture books, middle grade fiction)
Sue Macy (nonfiction at all age levels)
John Micklos (picture books, early reader nonfiction, middle grade nonfiction, young adult nonfiction, poetry/novels in verse)
Courtney Pippin-Mathur (portfolio, picture books)
Laura Shovan (middle grade fiction, poetry/novels in verse)
Meera Trehan (middle grade and young adult fiction)
Lakita Wilson (Social media consults)
b. Also state the genre of your manuscript. This will help us with matching. Pick from this list:
c. Attach your manuscript. It must be a Word document, double-spaced, size 12 font, and not more than 10 pages — the first 10 pages of your manuscript. Please have 1-inch margins all around. Put your name and the page number on every page. You may also submit a summary or a synopsis in addition to the 10 pages of your manuscript. However, the synopsis must be double-spaced, size 12 font, and not more than 1 page. A manuscript example is available here. SamplePages Picture book authors may submit one manuscript only. A picture book manuscript is considered one submission, though it will probably be much fewer than 10 pages.
Art Portfolio Reviews
For art portfolio reviews, register and pay for the conference and portfolio review and email Rebecca Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will let you know when your review is scheduled. Do not send original artwork through the mail.
Note: All critiques will be assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. No assignments will be made for second critiques unless slots are still available after February 16, 2018. Watch for an e-mail announcement.
Social Media Consultations
|New this year! Social Media Consultations for $30.00 each.
Faculty member Lakita Wilson will offer feedback on your social media presence and how you can improve the way it promotes your books. You may purchase a Social Media Critique in addition to a manuscript or portfolio critique. If you purchase this option, submit the following in a Word document:
Pen name, if applicable
Name of social media platform(s) you would like to be reviewed and your handle on each (maximum of 3)
Answers to the following questions:
2) How would you describe your target audience (age, interests, etc)?
3) Are there particular aspects of your social media presence that want feedback on? If so, what are they?
4) Briefly describe your interests, hobbies, and areas of expertise (both related and unrelated to writing).