Pocono à la Mode 2024: Mock Pile

What is it?

This is a FREE session where you can submit one MOCK QUERY for the opportunity to receive feedback. Due to time constraints, we regret that we may not get to all submissions. However, all participants can sit in and learn from the professional feedback in these sessions. This will also be a time to gain valuable insights into an agent/editor/art director's query/postcard review process. If you choose to participate in this option, please follow the submission instructions below.

Mock Pile (for authors and translators)

How to participate:

Free with registration


  • Send your mock query to Kristen, epa-ara@scbwi.org, by midnight Friday, 4/5/24.
  • Please put “Pocono 2024: Mock Pile submission” in the subject line of your email.

What to send:

For ALL MANUSCRIPT types, please send ONE DOCUMENT with the following:

  • Query Letter (250-word max)
  • Synopsis–separate from the query letter (250-word max)
  • First Page of your work (250-word max OR, if submitting a dummy, 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).

⇒Include synopsis in the same document (please don’t send two documents).

⇒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: Faculty Last Name_Pocono 2024_Mock Pile_CATEGORY_GENRE.

For example, if sending a middle grade sci-fi mock query for agent Jennifer Laughran's pile, you would save the document as follows: Laughran_Pocono 2024_Mock Pile_MG_Sci-Fi

Possible categories include:

  • PB - Picture Book
  • ER - Early Reader
  • CB - Chapter Book
  • MG - Middle Grade
  • YA - Young Adult

Mock Pile (for illustrators)

How to participate:

Free with registration


  • Send your illustrator mock query to Berrie, epa-ic@scbwi.org, by midnight Sunday, 4/7/24.
  • Please put “Mock Pile submission_Pocono 2024” in the subject line of your email.

What to send:

  • One illustrator postcard .jpg or .png file (5 MB max) front and back sides in one file

What to name your files:

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as follows: art director last name_Pocono 2024_Illustrator Mock Pile

For example, for art director Brian LaRossa's pile, you would save the document as: LaRossa_Pocono 2024_Illustrator Mock Pile