Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Consultations, First Page Critiques, and the Portfolio Display











Individual manuscript or portfolio consultations are available with conference faculty for an additional charge of $45. You may choose this option during registration.

Writers may submit up to ten pages of one manuscript: a picture book, easy reader, novel, non-fiction manuscript (or proposal), or up to three short poems. Do not include a synopsis unless it is within the ten-pages. Further instructions on where to send your manuscript will be sent in a confirmation e-mail. Manuscripts are due August 21, 2017. Late manuscripts will not be accepted and no refunds will be given.

Please review SCBWI's article, From Keyboard To Printed Page for invormation on proper manuscript formatting.

Artists, do not send work ahead of time. Bring it with you to the conference. Start with your best few pieces of work and have additional pieces ready in case you have time to discuss them. You may also bring a picture book dummy.

First Page Critiques is an opportunity to submit the first page of your manuscript anonymously to a panel of our guest speakers. They will offer first impression feedback at no cost to you. Details will be forthcoming in your confirmation letter.

Portfolio Display is an opportunity for active SCBWI illustrators attending the conference.  Your portfolio will be set up in the morning and will be available for viewing by faculty and attendees throughout the day. Detaailed information and portfolio requirements will be included in your confirmation email.

These opportunities allow you to get your stories and illustrations in front of publishing professionals, as well as your peers. It can be daunting to put your work out there, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to get exposure and valued critique feedback.

Literary Agent,  Jill Corcoran offers her thoughts on making the most of your manuscript consultation. While she recorded this at a conference offering 20 minute consults rather than our more common ten, her advice is great. Thanks to Lee Wind  for the video.

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