Fourth 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. Finalists will be announced at the conference and final judging will occur after the conference concludes.
LOGISTICS: Manuscripts nominated by faculty members will be narrowed down and then sent for final judging to SCBWI PAL members who live outside the Rocky Mountain Region. Manuscripts will remain anonymous so judges 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 & Lines conference!
One-on-One Manuscript Critiques – additional fee of $50
Limited space available, you MUST pre-register for this choice
Deadline to turn in pages: August 1, 2020 by 5 p.m.
Critiques serve as a unique opportunity to have your writing professionally critiqued by an author, agent, or editor. They are available for members only, and on a space-available basis. Critiques sell out quickly, so those who register early will have the most options in their choice of faculty. Take time to read faculty member biographies to select the perfect match for you. Once you have registered for a critique, you must submit your 10 pages to Denise Schurr, Manuscript Critique Coordinator, by 5 p.m. on August 1, 2020.
Manuscripts not received by the deadline will be disqualified!
For full details on submitting for critiques, visit the Manuscript Critique Instruction Page.
To download a MS Word document version of the submission form to fill out on your computer, click here.
And now for some of those pesky rules:
Please do not include illustrations with manuscript submissions. This offering is for manuscript text only.
Please follow all the instructions (especially on formatting) located on the instruction page linked below.
Please meet the deadline. Critiques are non-refundable. 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 critique maximum per person.
Please note we have limited spots in critiques and portfolio reviews, therefore author-illustrators may only select one of the premium add-ons, either portfolio review or manuscript critique, but not both, so we can spread out the opportunities.
Member Book Sales – hosted virtually through BookBar
Member Book Sales
Bookstore deadline: 11:59pm, Monday, August 24, 2020
If you are an SCBWI member, have a children’s book you’ve authored or illustrated, and will be attending the virtual fall conference on September 12-13, 2019, BRAVO! Huzzah! Congratulations! Furthermore, this qualifies you to have one title included in the virtual member book sale during conference weekend. Due to the popularity of this offering, we can only accept books that have been registered by 11:59pm, Monday, August 24, 2020. 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 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, Monday, August 24, 2020. 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 or your book may be excluded from the bookstore. Just like the Wizard of Oz, Carrie has all the answers!
For instructions on registering, visit Book Sales Instructions
Optional Writer Post-Conference Intensives
Sunday, September 13, 2020, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Additional Fee: $40 SCBWI member-participants
Pre-registration required, limited space, See Intensives page for more details
Intensive sessions provide an opportunity to work on individual projects in a smaller setting under the guidance of a faculty professional. They are reserved for SCBWI members only and on a first-to-register, first-filled basis. You must be registered for main conference in order to register for an intensive.
Pre-register for one of the following:
Novel Writing Craft Intensive
The First 50 – Melanie Crowder
Limited to 20 attendees.
Bring the first 50 pages of your novel in progress so we can dig in! In this 1.5-hour intensive, we’ll be using our manuscripts to practice different revision strategies and techniques, giving you skills and insights into how to stretch that revision over the entire novel. Come prepared with the first 50 pages printed out and ready for markup, highlighters, colored pencils or other color-coding mechanisms, as well as tons of enthusiasm for taking your novel to the next level!
Novel Roundtable Intensive
Live Feedback – Aneeka Kalia
Limited to 8 writers.
Pre-register for this roundtable for chapter book, middle grade, and young adult novelists, and hear how an agent responds to the first FIVE pages of your work in progress. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first five pages of your work (yes, it must be pages one through five from the beginning; please see detailed instructions for formatting). Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback from an agent on your work-in-progress, but you also grow by hearing constructive comments on everyone else’s work, too.
NOTE: All participants should be prepared to share the first five pages of their work-in-progress manuscript. Format 12 pt. Font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one-inch margins.
Picture Book Roundtable Intensive
Live Feedback – Megan Ilnitzki
Limited to 8 writers.
Pre-register for this special roundtable gathering and hear how an editor thinks. 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 see detailed instructions). Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback on your work-in-progress, but you also grow by hearing reactions and comments on everyone else’s work, too.
NOTE: All participants should be prepared to share the first 5 pages of their work-in-progress picture book manuscript. Format 12 pt. Font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one-inch margins.