SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Critique Information

Please note: Critique registration has been significantly changed and streamlined for this year’s conference! Please read the directions below carefully.

In conjunction with the 2019 Conference, we are pleased to offer the following types of critiques:

  • Manuscript critiques (up to 10 pages)
  • Illustrator portfolio reviews
  • Social media critiques
  • Website critiques
  • Press kit critiques
  • Promotional plan critiques

You may register for more than one critique or type of critique.  Each critique costs $60.00.

When you register for a critique with an on-site faculty member, you will select a time to meet with that faculty member for a 15-minute face-to-face meeting. If you register for a critique with a virtual faculty member, you will receive your written critique prior to the conference so that you can apply the feedback you have received while attending conference sessions.

Submission instructions for your material to be critiqued will be sent out in January. Registering and paying for your critique(s) confirms your spot, so you do not need to submit anything right away. Submissions will be accepted beginning in January, and all submissions must be received in the proper format by February 5, 2018. (Note: For Illustrator Portfolio reviews with on-site faculty, no submissions are necessary – simply bring your portfolio to your meeting.)

Please note that each faculty member accepts only certain types of submissions for critique. See the information below to find out which faculty members handle which kinds of materials. You can also read our faculty bios at this link.

 

Manuscript critiques

What you’ll submit: The first 10 pages of your manuscript, double-spaced and following formatting guidelines which will be sent to you after your registration is confirmed. (Note: Picture book/board book authors may submit one manuscript only. A picture book or board book manuscript is considered one submission, though it will probably be much fewer than 10 pages. If your submission is fewer than 10 pages, you may also include a cover letter if you wish.) Detailed submission instructions will be sent in January to those who register for critiques. You do not need to submit anything now.

What you’ll receive: Written feedback using the SCBWI Gold Form. Those selecting critiques by onsite faculty will receive their feedback during a face-to-face 15-minute meeting with the critiquer. Those selecting critiques by virtual faculty will receive their feedback via email by March 22, 2019.

Who offers these critiques:

  • Picture book/board book manuscripts: Veronica Bartles, Talia Benamy (picture books only – no board books), Rachel Kolar (especially rhyme), Thao Le (virtual faculty), Debbie Levy (picture books only, fiction or nonfiction), Cheryl Mendenhall, Andrea Morrison (virtual faculty), Mary Quattlebaum (fiction and nonfiction), Lauren Rille (virtual faculty), Lola M. Schaefer (no rhyme), Meera Trehan (picture books only – no board books)
  • Early reader/chapter book fiction: Andrea Morrison (virtual faculty), Mary Quattlebaum, Lola M. Schaefer, Erin Teagan
  • Early reader/chapter book nonfiction: Lisa Crayton, Andrea Morrison (virtual faculty), Mary Quattlebaum, Lola M. Schaefer
  • Middle grade fiction: Veronica Bartles, Talia Benamy, Thao Le (virtual faculty), Debbie Levy, Kevin Lewis (illustrated MG fiction only), Andrea Morrison (virtual faculty), Beth Phelan, L.V. Pires, Amanda Ramirez, Lola M. Schaefer, Ronald L. Smith, Robin Talley (especially LGBTQ characters), Erin Teagan, Meera Trehan
  • Middle grade nonfiction: Talia Benamy, Lisa Crayton, Debbie Levy, Beth Phelan, L.V. Pires, Lola M. Schaefer
  • Young adult fiction: Veronica Bartles (all genres except horror), Talia Benamy, Rachel Kolar, Thao Le (virtual faculty), Cheryl Mendenhall, Andrea Morrison (virtual faculty), Beth Phelan, L.V. Pires, Amanda Ramirez, Ronald L. Smith, Robin Talley (especially LGBTQ characters), Meera Trehan
  • Young adult nonfiction: Talia Benamy, Lisa Crayton, Beth Phelan, L.V. Pires
  • Poetry/novels in verse: Rachel Kolar (rhyming only), Debbie Levy, Andrea Morrison (virtual faculty)
  • Graphic novels: Kevin Lewis, Andrea Morrison (virtual faculty), Amanda Ramirez

 

Portfolio critiques

What you’ll submit: For in-person portfolio critiques, you will simply bring your portfolio to your assigned meeting time with the critiquer. For a virtual portolio critique, you will submit up to 20 images either as a link to your website portfolio or as a single pdf file.  Detailed submission instructions will be sent in January to those who register for critiques. You do not need to submit anything now.

What you’ll receive: Those selecting critiques by onsite faculty will receive their feedback during a face-to-face 15-minute meeting with the critiquer. Those selecting critiques by virtual faculty will receive their feedback via email by March 22, 2019.

Who offers these critiques: Kirk, Benshoff, Kevin Lewis (illustrated MG novels or graphic novels only), Cheryl Mendenhall, Andrea Morrison (virtual faculty), Amanda Ramirez, Lauren Rille (virtual faculty), Chiêu Anh Urban

 

Social Media critiques

What you’ll submit: Name of social media platform(s) you would like to be reviewed and your handle on each (maximum of 3), along with answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your primary goal for each social media platform?
  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).

Detailed submission instructions will be sent in January to those who register for critiques. You do not need to submit anything now.

What you’ll receive: A written review of your website in context of your specific promotional goals and a 15-minute face-to-face meeting with the critiquer.

Who offers these critiques: Lakita Wilson

 

Website critiques

What you’ll submit: the URL of your site, along with answers to the following questions to the promotional critique questionnaireDetailed submission instructions will be sent in January to those who register for critiques. You do not need to submit anything now.

What you’ll receive: A written review of your website in context of your specific promotional goals and a 15-minute face-to-face meeting with the critiquer.

Who offers these critiques: Veronica Bartles

 

Press Kit critiques

What you’ll submit: An electronic copy of your press kit (bio, book blurb, contact info, photos, sell sheet…anything you would include when reaching out to bloggers/schools/libraries/bookstores/etc. (This should be 2-3 pages of information, maximum.), along with answers to the promotional critique questionnaireDetailed submission instructions will be sent in January to those who register for critiques. You do not need to submit anything now.

What you’ll receive: A written review of your press kit in context of your specific promotional goals and a 15-minute face-to-face meeting with the critiquer.

Who offers these critiques: Veronica Bartles

Promotional Plan critiques

What you’ll submit: A 1-2 page outline of your promotional plan for your book (including online and in-person marketing efforts) along with answers to the promotional critique questionnaireDetailed submission instructions will be sent in January to those who register for critiques. You do not need to submit anything now.

What you’ll receive: A written review of your press kit in context of your specific promotional goals and a 15-minute face-to-face meeting with the critiquer.

Who offers these critiques: Veronica Bartles

 

To Register for a Critique:

Go to the main conference page and scroll down to the registration form. When you register for the conference, you will be able to select from available critique slots.  If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add on a critique, please contact mddewv@scbwi.org.