SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Critiques, Reviews & Pitches


CRITIQUES, PORTFOLIO REVIEWS & PITCHES!
 

Conference attendees have the opportunity to purchase manuscript critiques, portfolio reviews and pitch sessions at the time of registration.  Be sure to study the faculty bios to determine which faculty best fit your work. 

Please note, they are always in high demand and WILL SELL QUICKLY. If there is no option for a session from the faculty you want during registration, the available slots have already been filled.

All critiques will be held at our conference hotel, the Embassy Suites, 10601 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS, on Friday evening, Nov. 4.  Detailed instructions and your session time slot will be emailed to prior to the conference.

Each person who purchases a critique, review or pitch session will have a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with the faculty member selected. Manuscript critiques will also receive written comments at the time of your consultation. 
 

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES

This year, there will be a total of 60 manuscript critiques available. These sessions are being offered by faculty members Heather Cashman, Ann Ingalls, Emma Ledbetter, Jennifer March Soloway, Kate McKeen, Ariel Richardson and Jill Santopolo. UPDATE: ONLY A COUPLE CRITIQUES ARE REMAINING FOR ANN INGALLS. ALL OTHERS HAVE SOLD OUT.

There is an additional fee ($50 for members / $80 for non-members) and critiques must be purchased during the registration process. You may only purchase one manuscript critique. 

For manuscript critiques, you will submit the first 10 pages double-spaced standard manuscript format of a novel or non-fiction manuscript or an entire picture book (less than 10 pages). Refer to "The Book" under resources of the SCBWI website if you have questions about standard manuscript format. Do not include a cover letter with your manuscript. The faculty will critique the manucript only and a cover letter will not be forwarded.

Author/illustrators purchasing a manuscript critique may submit picture book text or picture book dummy, or they may bring a dummy with them to their critique session.

The deadline for manuscript submission will be Sept. 28. You will receive an email by Sept. 12 with specific instructions on how to  submit your critique.

 

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

This year we will have 30 portfolio reviews available. These sessions are being offered by faculty members Jessixa Bagley, Saho Fujii, and Laura Huliska Beith. UPDATE: ONLY A FEW SESSIONS ARE REMAINING FOR JESSIXA AND LAURA. SAHO'S SESSIONS ARE SOLD OUT.

There is an additional fee ($50 for members / $80 for non-members) and reviews must be purchased during the registration process. You will be contacted by email before Sept. 12th with any specific instructions regarding your session.

 

PITCH SESSIONS

This year, we are offering a new opportunity from several of our faculty — PITCH SESSIONS! This year there will be 12 pitch sessions available. These sessions are being offered by faculty members Heather Cashman, Emma Ledbetter, and Jill Santopolo. UPDATE: THESE SESSIONS ARE SOLD OUT

Pitch sessions will provide you with 10 minutes with your chosen faculty member to discuss anything you choose! Talk to them about ideas you're thinking about writing and ask for feedback based on the current market. Bring the first page of a manuscript for an on-the-spot critique. Ask questions you've always wanted to know about publishing — acquisitions, contracts, finding an agent and what an author can do to best partner with a publishing house. OR… you may ask for help in polishing your pitch itself.
Note: Be sure to research the faculty offering these services so you know who will be able to address the topics you wish to discuss!!!

There is an additional fee ($35 for members / $50 for non-members) and pitch sessions must be purchased during the registration process. You will be contacted by email before Sept. 12th with any specific instructions regarding your session.


QUESTIONS???

For questions about these sessions, please contact us at ksmo@scbwi.org. 

For questions about portfolio reviews, email Amy Kenney, illustrator coordinator, at ksmo-ic@scbwi.org