Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Manuscript Critiques

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Critiques: Bonus offering for an additional fee

Getting unbiased feedback on your work can be a priceless gift that can move your manuscript to the next level!

We are offering e-critiques, which means though you will have classroom time, workshop time, and lunchtime with our attending faculty, there will be no face-to-face feedback on your manuscript with your critiquer at the workshop; rather you will receive feedback via email. You may choose who you would like to receive a critique from on a first come, first served basis.

**This optional, add on-item costs $40.00.

**Attendees may register for a maximum of one critique. If you are unable to click on a critiquer option, that indicates the critique slots have been claimed and registration for this option is closed.

**Critiques will be given via email (again, please note, this is a different process than how we manage critiques for our regional event. Critiques will not be in-person nor verbal, but instead via email).

**No refunds or substitutions. If you miss the submission deadline, you forfeit the fee paid.

**What you may submit: Picture Books: One picture book manuscript, up to 10 pages. This means if your picture book is longer than 10 pages, you will need to find a natural stopping point and submit only 10 pages. No Illustrations, please! Novels: Up to the first ten pages of a novel, and a 1 page synopsis. Both picture books and novel submissions should be formatted as follows:

Formatting instructions:

1.   12 point font

2.   Times New Roman

3.   Double Spaced

4.   One inch margins

5.   Please include last name and page number on the header of each page

6.   On the first page, please include your name, contact information, title of your work and category (ex Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult). Drop down one space and then begin your manuscript.

7.   Please do not include any illustrations

8. For novels: Your one page synopsis should be single spaced. Please note, your synopsis does NOT count in your ten manuscript pages; when you submit for a novel critique, you will have a total of 11 pages, one page being your synopsis. Please submit only one Word document that includes both the synopsis and manuscript pages. (No synopsis for picture books.)

General Submission instructions:

1.     Deadline to submit your document for critique—February 25, 2017, 11:59 p.m. 

2.     Send submissions to Jerilyn Patterson at Attach your submission as one Microsoft Word document. In the body of the email, copy and paste documentation showing that you registered and paid for a critique slot. Please Format the Subject line as follows: Your Name, Spring Workshop Manuscript Critique, Your critiquer's name. (Example: J.K. Rowling, Spring Workshop Manuscript Critique, Alex Barba)

3.     Once you submit your work, please make sure you receive a confirmation email that your critique was received. If you do not receive this confirmation email within five days of sending, please contact Jerilyn at

4.     You will receive your critique back via email no later than April 8, 2017