Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

MOTM Critique and Portfolio Review Submission Instructions




Manuscripts and portfolios will be due September 25th by 5 pm. You will receive written feedback a couple of days in advance of your Zoom meeting so that you can read over the comments and come prepared with any additional questions. Zoom meetings will be scheduled Friday, November 4th between 7-9 pm.




If you purchased a manuscript critique from one of our faculty, please follow these submission guidelines:


Please submit your manuscript to as an attachment to the email with the following subject line and document title: FacultyLastName_Title_YourLastName. For example, if your name is Jane Doe and you are submitting a manuscript entitled Best Book Ever for critique with Jemiscoe Chambers-Black, you would title your document and the subject line of the email as follows: Black_BestBookEver_Doe.  Manuscripts should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, using standard manuscript formatting.


If you do not know how to format a manuscript for submission, we highly recommend viewing this free webinar from the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia SCBWI chapter, or view this sample document from the Oregon SCBWI chapter for more information.


You may submit the first ten pages of your novel with a one page synopsis (synopsis should be single-spaced and included at the beginning or end of your manuscript so that it is contained in one document) OR one full picture book manuscript. Faculty will not be critiquing the synopsis but you may provide one for context.



PORTFOLIO INSTRUCTIONS: ***updated 9/23/22


1. Submit a pdf portfolio of no more that 10 images (6MB or less total) labeled with your name (eg: sam_doe_portfolio)

OR  up to ten (10) numbered jpg images (eg: sam_doe_1.jpg……… sam_doe_10.jpg)  (6MB or less total)

OR a pb dummy of no more than 6MB pdf (no page limit) and labeled with your name and dummy (eg: sam_doe_dummy.PDF)..

2. The illustrations must be original, created by you.

3. Please submit your entry as an email attachments to Katie O’Malley at

4. Your email subject line MUST read: 2022 MOTM Illustrator Portfolio Review, (last name of faculty reviewing your submission).

5. Include the following in the accompanying email: your name, mailing address, and best telephone number.

6. Please follow the above instructions precisely.

***(Numbers 1. and 2. are the same submission guidelines for First Pages. They also apply to the Peer Critique roundtables with the exception that those submissions must be in PDF format)