Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Date(s) - 11/13/2020 - 11/15/2020
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The Kansas/Missouri SCBWI region is excited to announce a unique opportunity for professional industry feedback this fall! While we are still disappointed that we can’t gather together for our annual conference, we know that your writing and illustrating careers are still growing, and feedback is imperative to that growth! With that in mind, we’ve collaborated with industry professionals who have agreed to offer one-on-one critique sessions via Zoom!

Registration for this event opens on October 10th at 9:00 am, and all critiques are first-come, first served, and limited to one per member. Please familiarize yourself with the editors, agents, and art directors in advance so you are able to quickly make a choice at the time of registration.

Manuscripts and portfolios will be due October 15th by 5 pm. You will receive written feedback a couple of days in advance of you Zoom meeting so that you can read over the comments and come prepared with any additional questions. Zoom meetings will be scheduled sometime during the weekend of November 13th-15th.

Please submit your manuscript to 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 Megan Abbate, you would title your document and the subject line of the email as follows: ABBATE_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) OR one full picture book manuscript. Faculty will not be critiquing the synopsis but you may provide one for context.

Critique-a-Palooza Faculty


Megan Abbate: Sold Out!
Assistant Editor
Roaring Book Press

Megan Abbate is an Assistant Editor at Roaring Brook Press, where she acquires across all categories for children. She is most drawn to classic, timeless voices in stories grounded by fresh contemporary hooks, as well as books that build empathy. As a former teacher, she is always interested in books that can connect to school curriculum in interesting ways and books that could make for great classroom read-alouds. Books she’s edited include HOW NOT TO ASK A BOY TO PROM, THE PRETTIEST, the Ben Braver series, BASEBALL’S LEADING LADY, and I’M NOT A GIRL, among others.


Victoria Doherty Munro
Junior Agent
Writers House

Victoria Doherty Munro started at Writers House as an intern in 2010 and, after graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in English, was hired as the assistant to senior agent Daniel Lazar in 2012. She began building her own list in 2015 and represents middle grade, young adult, and adult authors.


Alyson Heller: Sold Out!

Alyson joined the Aladdin team in 2008 after a two-year stint in the Simon & Schuster Associates Program. She acquires picture books, chapter books, middle grade, with a soft spot for contemporary middle grade. On both the non-fiction and fictional side, she has a particular affinity for strong female characters who kick butt and take names, stories that represent the under-represented and stories that take on tough stuff in the middle grade space. You can find her on Twitter @EditorAlysonH.


Aneeka Kalia: Sold Out!
Assistant Editor
Viking Children’s Books

Aneeka Kalia joined Viking Children’s Books in 2017 and is now an Assistant Editor. She edits picture books, and Middle Grade and Young Adult novels (and graphic novels) with a focus on contemporary, realistic fiction. She particularly enjoys funny, family/intergenerational, and food-related stories. In her free time, Aneeka drinks coffee, tries her hand at cooking, hikes, and plays soccer and tennis.


Ammi-Joan Paquette: Sold Out!
Literary Agent
Erin Murphy Literary

Ammi-Joan Paquette is a senior literary agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency representing many leading children’s and YA authors. She is also the author of many books for young readers, including the magical adventure The Train of Lost Things, the bestselling picture book Ghost in the House, and the Two Truths and a Lie series, co-written with Laurie Ann Thompson. Visit her at


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