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MG First Pages


Submit the opening of your MG novel for an opportunity to receive live feedback in this large group session. We regret that there may not be time to review all submissions, but will try to accommodate a variety of MG genres and as many samples as possible.

How to participate:

Free with registration--


  • Send your First Page to Kristen, epa-ara@scbwi.org, by 11:59 PM ET Friday, 9/13/24.
  • Please put “FPCS 2024_MG First Pages” in the subject line of your email.

What to send:

For ALL GENRES, please send ONE DOCUMENT with the following:

  • First Page of your work (250-word max OR, if submitting a GN sample, 2 1/2 spreads max )

How to format your submission:

⇒For all submissions, format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing (US Letter paper size).

⇒Please include title, category and genre on every page of your work as a header or a footer. NO NAMES or other identifying information please.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as a Word doc or PDF as follows: FPCS 2024_MG First Page_GENRE.

For example, if sending a MG Sci Fi, you would save the document as follows: FPCS 2024_MG First Page_SCIFI

Meet the Faculty

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Deeba Zargarpur

Deeba Zargarpur joined Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Salaam Reads in March of 2020 after previous roles with Disney Publishing Worldwide and a book packager. She has the privilege of working with talented authors and illustrators such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, New York Times bestselling author A.F. Steadman, Linda Sarsour, Brittney Morris, Hanna Alkaf, Dana Mele, Kat Zhang, and Charlene Chua. Her aim is to acquire commercial books that empower young people from diverse backgrounds. As a self-taught polyglot, Deeba’s love of literature across various languages stemmed from the tales spun throughout her childhood. She is always on the hunt for stories that inspire a sense of magic and wonder, plot lines that challenge traditional assumptions about morality, and strong character arcs that redefine what it means to be the hero of your own story.