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Pocono à la Mode 2024: Critiques

What is it?

For an additional cost, you can receive feedback from a publishing industry professional on a sample of your work. Registration includes written feedback and a 10-minute in-person meeting that will take place at the retreat.


How to participate:

Be sure to select a critique WHEN you register for the retreat

Deadline:

  • Send your manuscript to Kristen, epa-ara@scbwi.org, by 11:59 PM ET Monday, 3/11/24.
  • Please put Pocono 2024 critique submission: Critique Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT/PORTFOLIO (same as saved file name) in the subject line of your email.

Who is Critiquing What

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Deeba Zargarpur, editor

Critiquing fiction PB, MG, YA and GN.

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Vashti Harrison, author-illustrator

Critiquing PB dummies and PB manuscripts.

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Jennifer Laughran, literary agent

Critiquing PB, CB, MG, YA and GN.

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Brian LaRossa, art director

Critiquing illustrator portfolios and PB dummies.

What to Send

Read each faculty member's critique preferences above and be sure to select a critique with the faculty who is critiquing the correct category for your work.

  • For Picture Book/Board Book (PB/BB): Please send entire manuscript and a 1- to 2-sentence pitch (in the same document). Translator submissions should include a brief note about the source work (also in the same document).
  • For Chapter Book/Early Reader/Middle Grade/Young Adult (CB/ER/MG/YA): Please send up to 10 pages of your manuscript and a one-page, single-spaced synopsis (in the same document). Translator submissions should include a brief note about the source work (also in the same document).
  • For Illustrators: Please send six portfolio-ready illustrations OR 1 dummy .jpg or .png file (5 MB 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). Include your synopsis in the same document (please don’t send two documents).

⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Critique Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT/PORTFOLIO as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.   

Example: Harrison_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS


We anticipate critiques to be returned on or about Friday, April 12, 2024. Please, review this feedback in preparation for your one-on-one meeting during the retreat.