THIS DEADLINE HAS PASSED First Annual Golden Pen Award: Manuscripts submitted for critique will have the opportunity to be nominated by faculty members for consideration for the RMC SCBWI Letters & Lines Golden Pen Award. All members who register for a manuscript critique will be automatically considered for nomination. Finalist will be announced at the conference and final judging will occur after the conference concludes. LOGISTICS As mentioned, faculty critiquers will have the opportunity to nominate a manuscript for this award. Nominated manuscripts will be narrowed down and then sent for final judging to SCBWI PAL members who live outside the Rocky Mountain Region. Furthermore in the final stage, the author's name will be removed from the document so final judging will only consider the words on the page. The prize you ask: not only will you gain the prestige of such an award, but you will also receive free tuition to the following year's Letters and Lines conference!
THIS DEADLINE HAS PASSED Manuscript Critiques:
limited space available, you must pre-register for this choice
Deadline to turn in pages if you register for a critique: August 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Critiques serve as a unique opportunity to have your writing professionally critiqued by an author, agent, or editor. This option requires pre-registration and is offered on a space-available basis for an additional fee of $50. Because critiques typically sell out fast, manuscript critiques are an optional add-on for SCBWI Members only. It’s not too late to join. If a critique is on your wish-list, please register early!
NEW THIS YEAR We've updated how the critique option works!
What's different about this year's critique options? On a space-available basis, you may pre-register for either a one-on-one critique (with on-site faculty as per the norm) or you may select an emailed/snail-mailed critique (with our off-site e-faculty).
Want to know more about E-faculty? e-FACULTY provide emailed or snail-mailed critiques. We came up with this offering as we discovered that manuscript critiques are one of our most popular and valuable offerings, however they get snatched up quickly. This year, in order to provide more critiques, we invited a small handful of e-faculty members (professionals who will not be on-site at the conference, but who will provide emailed or snail mailed critiques). We still aren’t able to guarantee that there will be enough critique slots for everyone, however this additional faculty serves as a way to provide this premium service to more members.
What else is different about this year's process? You are in the driver's seat! On a space-available basis, you may pre-select your critiquer; once the slots are full on a particular faculty member, registration will no longer allow the option. That means those who register early will have the most options! Take time to read faculty member biographies to select the perfect match for you.
And now for some of those pesky rules:
Please do not include illustrations with manuscript submissions. This offering is for manuscript text only. Also please note we have limited spots in both critiques and portfolio reviews, therefore author-illustrators may only select one of the premium add-ons, either portfolio review or manuscript critique.
Please follow all the instructions (especially on formatting) which you will find on the instruction page.
Please meet the deadline. We always feel sad for the people who miss the deadline and have to forfeit their fee. We want happiness, and unicorns, and rainbows, so get-er done on time!
One maximum per person.
If you're an illustrator, please choose either a critique or a portfolio review but not both, that way we can spread the opportunities..
*DEADLINE: no matter what kind of critique you choose, your manuscript must be properly formatted AND submitted to our critique coordinator by 5:00 pm August 10, 2017 deadline or your fee will be forfeited.
DEADLINE to send your pages: Thursday, August 10, 2017
So you’re wondering how you will receive your critique:
ONE-on-ONE critiques: Properly submitted manuscripts will receive a written critique and a 10 minute, one-on-one appointment with their critiquer during the conference. Critique appointment timeslots will be assigned and coordinated by volunteer Denise Schurr. (If missing part of a conference session for a critique appointment feels like a tough option for you, please consider an e-critique instead).
E-Critiques: Properly submitted manuscripts will receive a written critique returned to you by conference date. This will be given to you either via email or attached to your registration materials when you check in for the conference. Please note, this type of critique does not come with verbal contact, and there will be no follow-up questions, no face time, nor phone time; it is all written feedback. You’ve chosen this option because you specifically want this e-faculty member’s feedback. A plus in choosing this option is you don't have to leave any of your conference sessions for a feedback appointment, since yours is all written.
For full details on submitting for critiques, visit the Manuscript Critique Instruction Page
NOTE: *Critiques are an optional add-on and a MEMBERS ONLY offering. Critiques are offered on a space available basis, therefore we can offer a maximum of one per person meaning if you would like to sign up for this extra, you may choose either a one-on-one critique or an e-critique, but not both. Also note for author/illustrators, you may only choose one: either portfolio review or manuscript critique.
Bookstore deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017
If you are an SCBWI member, have a children’s book you’ve authored or illustrated, and will be attending the Fall Conference on October 7-8, 2017, BRAVO! Huzzah! Congratulations! Furthermore, this qualifies you to have one title included in the member book sale during conference weekend. Due to the popularity of this offering, the book table can only accept books that have been registered by 11:59pm Friday, September 15, 2017. Because we have to ensure books arrive on time, and we have to pre-plan our space, there will be no exceptions to this deadline.
Please note a few pesky but important rules:
· Only members who are attending the conference may have their book sold at the conference;
· SCBWI rules and limited space allow for only one title per attendee.
· Please follow the instructions to the letter. Instructions are here at this BOOK SALES INSTRUCTION's link
· Please meet the unbreakable deadline, September 15, 2017. We want to see your book in our store! ❤
· Carrie Seidel is our book sales conference coordinator and your single point of contact. Please don't contact our bookstore partner, instead direct ALL questions to Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org Just like the Wizard of Oz, Carrie has all the answers!
All New Critique Connect: This year, the Critique Connect for writers and illustrators will take place starting at 6:00pm sharp, which is after the autograph party and social hour. Furthermore this year, we plan to run Critique Connect the same way it is run at the national conferences. You'll gather at 6:00 pm and sit at a table marked for your target group (illustrator, picture book, middle grade, young adult, chapter book, non-fiction). Groups will be set to allow for a maximum of five people per group, therefore if eight picture book writers show up, there will be two picture book groups. Volunteer leader Judith Snyder will be on hand to pre-set tables with signs and help you find your group. The session will start with Judith who will tell you about the "sandwich" method of offering critiques and remind you of the evening's plan, which is to circle up with your peers, decide on who will be the timer, and establish a fair amount of time per person. If you have five people in your group and you have 1.25 hours remaining to meet, then you should set a timer of 15 minutes per person (five minutes for reading and 10 minutes to get feedback and ask questions). WHAT TO BRING: Writers, bring five copies of five pages of your manuscript; illustrators, bring your portfolio..
$110 SCBWI member-participants, Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Building Emotion & Tension in MG/YA Novels
Experiencing visceral emotion and tension helps readers care about your characters and keeps them reading late into the night. Using published books and our own works in progress, we'll discuss what works, what doesn't, why these elements of story are essential to reader engagement, and how to elevate the emotion and tension in your own writing, while avoiding clichés. Please bring a scene you want to work on and the writing implements of your choice (pen/paper, laptop, tablet, etc). You will be working during this intensive!
Pre-register for this roundtable for chapter book writers, middle grade novelists, or young adult novelists and hear how an editor responds to the first five pages of your work-in-progress. Space is limited to 15. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first five pages of your manuscript (yes, it must be pages one-five from the beginning; Please format 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins. Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback on your work-in-progress, you also grow by hearing constructive comments from an editor on everyone else’s work, too.
NOTE: All participants should bring 16 STAPLED copies of the first five pages of their work-in-progress chapter book, middle grade or young adult novel (one for Matt, one for you, and one for each participant = 16) Please format 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins.
Pre-register for this special roundtable gathering and hear how an agent thinks. Space is limited to 15 writers each. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first five pages of your picture book manuscript. Please format 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins. Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback on your work-in-progress, you also grow by hearing reactions and comments on everyone else’s work, too.
NOTE: All participants must bring 16 STAPLED copies of a work-in-progress picture book manuscript. (one for Sean, one for you, and one for each participant = 16) Please format 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins.
Pre-register for this special picture book roundtable gathering and hear how an editor thinks. Space is limited to 15 writers each. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first five pages of your picture book manuscript. Please format 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins. Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback on your work-in-progress, you also grow by hearing reactions and comments on everyone else’s work, too.