Written Critiques - Process

Am I Eligible to Add an Optional Written Critique or Live Pitch to My Registration? How Do I Do That?

We have a limited supply of Written Critiques and Live Pitch slots available so plan to register early.

Eligibility to purchase: SCBWI premium members who are registered for our Saturday 9/21/24 in-person Writers & Illustrators Day conference have the option of adding ONE Written Critique (no live meeting) and/or ONE live Pitch occurring at our online Sunday 9/22/24 Zoom Pitchfest. * Note: Your paid SCBWI membership must be current and active at time of registration. If you are not sure of your status, contact SCBWI Headquarters for assistance. * Anyone who purchases one who is not eligible to do so will be canceled and a refund minus a $25 processing fee will be issued. 

How Do I Add a Written Critique ($60) to My Registration?

Read these requirements below FIRST then scroll down to see our list of Industry Experts offering Written Critiques. * Written critiques will be distributed at the end of the day at our in-person 9/21/24 Writers & Illustrators Day event in Camarillo. Critiques are written only and do NOT include any in-person meeting.

1.    Written Critiques are available on a first-come first-serve basis __only_ during the initial registration process. * When you register online for the 9/21/24 in-person Writers & Illustrators Day conference, you will be asked if you want to add a Written Critique per the list of available slots listed next to each Industry Expert's name. Once an Industry Expert's supply has been exhausted, you will see the FULL icon by his or her name. 

2.    Download the manuscript critique submission form below and follow the required manuscript format and mail it in no later than the Saturday August 10th postmark deadline so that the Industry Expert has time to review your submission. 

3.    Important manuscript submission information: Late postmarks, emailed submissions and walk-in submissions will not be accepted. * Refunds will not be issued for missed deadlines.

4.    Other questions? Email Asst. Regional Advisor Paulina Hill (cencal-ara@scbwi.org).


Industry Experts offering Written Critiques:

  1. Jennie Kendrick/Agent, Red Fox Literary (will critique: PB, MG, YA--all either fiction or non-fiction)
  2. Courtney Donovan/Agent, Writers House (will critique PB, MG, YA--all either fiction or non-fiction)
  3. Andrea Welch/Exec Editor, Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (will critique PB--either fiction or non-fiction)
  4. Michele Robbins/Publisher, Familius Publishing (will critique PB--either fiction or non-fiction, and will critique YA-non-fiction only)
  5. Andrea Morrison/Agent, Writers House (will critique PB, MG, YA, either fiction or non-fiction)
  6. Patricia Toht/Rhyme Doctors (will critique PB texts, either rhyming or unrhymed)

To review their Bios and website links, click here.


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