Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


We’re offering the opportunity to purchase multiple critiques and/or a portfolio review. All critiques are $50 each, as are portfolio or dummy reviews. These critiques will all be in-person, unless you request for them to be written only. (Written-only critiques will be available for pickup in the critique room on Saturday, September 22 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) Manuscripts for critique are due via email by AUGUST 10. 2018.

In addition to your critique, we’re offering a manuscript contest. If you pay an optional $10 contest entry fee when purchasing your critique, all of your manuscript critique submissions will be entered into the Manuscript Contest which will be judged by one of our national editors. They will be selecting winning manuscripts in two categories: Picture Book and MG/YA. (If your critiqued work does not neatly fit into one of these categories, we will place it in the category we see as best fit and let the editor know your intended genre/category. Please note that portfolios, artwork, or dummies are not eligible for the manuscript contest.)

You must submit your manuscript with correct formatting for it to be critiqued and considered for the contest. If you do not format your manuscript according to the directions IT WILL NOT BE READ and you will still be charged. We highly encourage you to double and triple check your submissions before hitting send.

    No refunds will be granted for manuscript critiques or portfolio reviews. All manuscripts must be received via email by August 10, 2018. For portfolios and fully illustrated dummies, you will bring your portfolio and/or artwork to the appointment for an on-the-spot evaluation. 
    If you want your critiques to be written, rather than in-person, this must be noted at the time of manuscript submission in the body of the email. Please follow the directions below.


Please email all critique manuscripts properly formatted with the subject header CONFERENCE CRIT and type of manuscript (example: CONFERENCE CRIT: Picture Book) by August 10, 2018 to

    12-point font; Times New Roman, Courier or similar.
    1-in margins. Double spaced. 
    Include your name, title, and page number in a header on each page.
    Include the type of manuscript (picture book, middle grade, young adult, non-fiction, etc.) on the
top of the first page.
    If you have a picture book, please send the entire manuscript, not exceeding 10 pages.
    If you have longer work, please send up to 10 pages PLUS a single-page synopsis (single spaced) or outline included before the actual manuscript. The synopsis/outline and manuscript must be submitted together as one document. Make sure you’re only sending one attachment for your critique submission.
    Email manuscript as an attachment Word doc. or PDF
IMPORTANT! Title your Word doc. or PDF with the type of manuscript PB, MG, YA, BD (Book Dummy), GN (Graphic Novel), underscore, followed by your first and last name, underscore, followed by your manuscript title (example: PB_Shel Silverstein_The Giving Tree
    If you are already agented and would prefer to be matched up with an author/editor for your critique, please indicate this in all caps in the body of the email.
    If you want your critiques to be written, rather than in-person, please indicate this in all caps in the body of the email.