Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators






A manuscript, portfolio, or social media consultation is a one-on-one, 20-minute sit-down with a publishing professional.


You may sign up for ONE (1) individual manuscript or portfolio consultation for an additional fee of $125. Select “Portfolio” or “Manuscript” when registering. Your assigned time will be in the registration packet that you will receive on Friday, August 9. While we can guarantee a professional reviewer, we cannot guarantee a consultation with an editor, agent, or art director. You may sign up for a social media consultation in addition to your manuscript or portfolio consult.


Manuscript Consultation Submission Guidelines

Please read the following guidelines carefully before submitting your manuscript. If you are unsure about anything, please call Kim Turrisi (323-782-1010) or email her at  

1.) You must register for the Conference before you submit your manuscript pages. PRINT OUT a copy of your confirmation email or the registration page once you complete your registration and include it with your manuscript.


2.) All manuscripts must be sent via a traceable method such as FedEx, USPS, or UPS to:

Kim Turrisi

SCBWI Summer Conference

6363 Wilshire Blvd.

Suite 425

Los Angeles, CA 90048


Due to the number of manuscripts we receive, no in-person office drop-offs or electronic submissions will be accepted. 


3.) Your manuscript must ARRIVE in our Los Angeles office ON or BEFORE Monday, May 20, 2019. Manuscripts received after that day cannot be accepted.


4.) Format ALL manuscripts in a 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font. More formatting questions? Read From Keyboard to Printed Page. PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE YOUR PAGES or use more than one envelope or a folder. Just include your pages.


5.) ALL submissions must include a title page with your contact information and the type of manuscript (YA, MG, Picture Book, Chapter Book or NF) in the upper left-hand corner. If you are represented by an agent, please note that on the title page as well. The title page does NOT count as one of your ten pages.


6.) The name on your manuscript MUST match the name you registered under for the Conference, even if you write under a pseudonym.


7.) For picture books and poetry: submit up to TEN (10) pages of ONE picture book manuscript regardless of the page count. No synopsis is needed. Please do not submit a dummy book, photos, or illustrations; however, feel free to bring them to the consultation.


8.) For middle grade, young adult, nonfiction, and chapter books: submit only the first TEN (10) pages, even if it cuts off mid-chapter, plus a short synopsis no longer than 250 words. **You MUST include the synopsis or we cannot accept your submission. **


9.) If you have had a critique at a previous conference, please add that information (and the reviewer’s name) on a Post-It note so we can avoid scheduling you with someone you’ve already met with.


****SPECIAL NOTES: Do not staple your pages. Please do not put an envelope inside of an envelope or use a folder. The only things in your packet should be your pages, the synopsis, and your registration confirmation.

DO NOT send in your manuscript if you are on the waiting list. If a spot opens, someone will call you with instructions. 


Portfolio Consultation Submission Guidelines

Simply register by the deadline and bring your portfolio along with you to the Conference. We will let you know the exact date and time of your consultation when you pick up your registration packet on Friday, August 9.


Social Media Consultation Guidelines

Receive direction, advice, and strategies for getting the most out of social media from consultant Greg Pincus. Greg will look at what you’re doing (and not doing) and discuss how social media can help with your marketing goals. Required in advance: links to your website, blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages, plus answers to a short questionnaire. Greg will email you the questionnaire and provide instructions for sending the links to your social media pages. At your consultation, you’ll receive a write-up of ideas and suggestions and a clear way to follow up with Greg on anything that is covered during the consultation.