SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Critique Information

CRITIQUE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Our Drop-in Query/First Page/Illustration Critique Booth, featuring critiques by Published and Listed Members of SCBWI, will be available to all conference attendees on Saturday during breakout sessions. Sign-ups for these critiques will take place at the booth and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each 10-minute critique (of one manuscript first page, one query letter, or one illustration) costs $10.00, to be paid directly to the critiquer. Complete schedule of drop-in critiquers will be posted the week before the conference.

 


Please read the directions below carefully before registering for a critique!

In conjunction with the 2020 Conference, we are pleased to offer the following types of critiques:

  • Manuscript critiques (up to 10 pages)
  • Illustrator portfolio reviews
  • Graphic novel or picture book dummy critiques
  • Social media critiques

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

 


 

If 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 written-only 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. You will have the opportunity to ask up to three brief follow-up questions of the critiquer via email within 10 days of receiving your critique.

Submission instructions for your material to be critiqued will be sent to those who register. 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, 2020. (Note: For Illustrator Portfolio reviews with on-site faculty, no submissions are necessary – simply bring your portfolio to your meeting.)

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 are responsible for ensuring that you are purchasing a critique that matches your work. You can also read our faculty bios at this link.

NOTE: A critique gives you an opportunity to get feedback on your work from an agent, editor, art director, or published author or illustrator. This is not the same as submitting your work for consideration for representation or publication. All conference attendees will be provided submissions information for faculty members who are agents, editors, or art directors. To have your work considered for representation or publication, you will need to follow the submissions guidelines provided after the conference.

 


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 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 on-site 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 13, 2020.

Who offers these critiques:

Picture book/board book manuscripts – fiction:

  • Veronica Bartles
  • Andrea Cascardi
  • Rebecca Evans
  • Nicole Fiorica (virtual faculty)
  • Sue Fliess
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Tracy C. Gold
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Mike Malbrough
  • Angele McQuade
  • Rachael Stein
  • Laurel Symonds (virtual faculty)
  • Regan Winter (virtual faculty)
  • Timothy Young (no rhyming books)

 

Picture book/board book manuscripts – nonfiction:

  • Veronica Bartles
  • Kat Brzozowski (virtual faculty)
  • Andrea Cascardi
  • Rebecca Evans
  • Nicole Fiorica (virtual faculty)
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Tracy C. Gold
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Mike Malbrough
  • Rachael Stein
  • Laurel Symonds (virtual faculty)
  • Annette Whipple

 

Early reader/chapter book fiction:

  • Kat Brzozowski (virtual faculty)
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Tara Gonzalez (virtual faculty)
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Catherine Laudone (virtual faculty)
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Mike Malbrough
  • Laurel Symonds (virtual faculty)
  • Lakita Wilson
  • Regan Winter (virtual faculty – no historical fiction or high fantasy)

 

Early reader/chapter book nonfiction:

  • Kat Brzozowski (virtual faculty)
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Tara Gonzalez (virtual faculty)
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Catherine Laudone (virtual faculty)
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Mike Malbrough
  • Laurel Symonds (virtual faculty)
  • Annette Whipple
  • Lakita Wilson

 

Middle grade fiction:

  • Veronica Bartles (no horror)
  • Kat Brzozowski (virtual faculty)
  • Andrea Cascardi (No sci fi, horror, or high fantasy)
  • Melanie Conklin (contemporary preferred)
  • Nicole Fiorica (virtual faculty, no sports or historical fiction, though historical fantasy is OK)
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Tracy C. Gold
  • Tara Gonzalez (virtual faculty)
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Catherine Laudone (virtual faculty – no horror)
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Angele McQuade
  • Rachael Stein
  • Laurel Symonds (virtual faculty)
  • Lakita Wilson
  • Regan Winter (virtual faculty – no historical fiction or high fantasy)

 

Middle grade nonfiction:

  • Kat Brzozowski (virtual faculty)
  • Andrea Cascardi
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Tara Gonzalez (virtual faculty)
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Catherine Laudone (virtual faculty)
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Angele McQuade
  • Laurel Symonds (virtual faculty)
  • Annette Whipple
  • Lakita Wilson

 

Young adult fiction:

  • Veronica Bartles (no horror)
  • Kat Brzozowski (virtual faculty)
  • Andrea Cascardi (no sci fi, horror, or high fantasy)
  • Nicole Fiorica (virtual faculty, no sports or historical fiction, though historical fantasy is OK)
  • Tracy C. Gold
  • Tara Gonzalez (virtual faculty)
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Catherine Laudone (virtual faculty – no horror)
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Angele McQuade
  • Laurel Symonds (virtual faculty)
  • Regan Winter (virtual faculty – no historical fiction or high fantasy)

 

Young adult nonfiction:

  • Kat Brzozowski (virtual faculty)
  • Andrea Cascardi
  • Tara Gonzalez (virtual faculty)
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Catherine Laudone (virtual faculty)
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Rachael Stein
  • Laurel Symonds (virtual faculty)

 

Poetry/novels in verse:

  • Kat Brzozowski (virtual faculty)
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Tara Gonzalez (virtual faculty)
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez

 

Informational Fiction:

  • Annette Whipple

 

Graphic novel manuscripts:

  • Rebecca Evans
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Tara Gonzalez (virtual faculty)
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Mike Malbrough
  • Regan Winter (virtual faculty – no historical fiction or high fantasy)

 


Illustrator Portfolio Reviews and Dummy Critiques

What you’ll submit: For portfolio critiques with on-site faculty, you will 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. For a graphic novel or picture book dummy critique (with either on-site or virtual faculty), you will submit your dummy as a single pdf file.  Detailed submission instructions will be sent to those who register for critiques. You do not need to submit anything now.

What you’ll receive: Those selecting critiques by on-site 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 13, 2020.

Who offers these critiques:

Illustrator portfolio reviews:

  • Andrea Cascardi
  • Rebecca Evans
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Jim Hoover (virtual faculty)
  • Mike Malbrough
  • Maria Middleton
  • Timothy Young

 

Picture book dummies:

  • Andrea Cascardi
  • Rebecca Evans
  • Nicole Fiorica (virtual faculty)
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Jim Hoover (virtual faculty)
  • Mike Malbrough
  • Laurel Symonds (virtual faculty)
  • Regan Winter (virtual faculty)
  • Timothy Young (no rhyming books)

 

Graphic novel dummies:

  • Andrea Cascardi (no sci fi, horror, or high fantasy)
  • Rebecca Evans
  • Feather Flores (virtual faculty)
  • Tara Gonzalez (virtual faculty)
  • Susan Hawk
  • Chris Hernandez
  • Jim Hoover (virtual faculty)
  • Mike Malbrough
  • Regan Winter (virtual faculty – no historical fiction or high fantasy)

 


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 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

 


To Register for a Critique:

If you have not yet registered for the conference: 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.

 


 

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