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Manuscript and Portfolio Consultations

Get Your Work in Front of Industry Professionals

A manuscript or portfolio consultation is a one-on-one, twenty-minute meeting with a publishing professional to receive feedback on your art or writing. Consultations are available to PREMIUM MEMBERS ONLY for an additional fee of $125. All manuscript and portfolio consultations take place on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 from 9am to 4pm. Make sure you arrive the night before if you are traveling from out of town.

You will select your reviewer when you register. SCBWI will notify you of your time slot ahead of the conference.

Before you register, read the faculty bios listed below and select a reviewer who is a good match for your work. The spots will fill up quickly. Choose carefully. Once you make a selection, you cannot change it. No refunds will be given. 


Consultation Guidelines 

Please read the following guidelines carefully before registering and submitting your material. If you are unsure about anything, please email Sarah Diamond.   

1.) After registering, you must email your manuscript to on or before  Monday, December 18, 2023 at 5pm PST. Manuscripts received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

2.) For picture books and poetry: submit up to ten pages of poems or 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. 

3.) For middle grade, young adult, nonfiction, and chapter books: submit only the first ten pages of your manuscript plus a single-spaced one-page synopsis.

4.) Format ALL manuscripts in a 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, double-spaced. More formatting questions? Read From Keyboard to Printed Page in the Essential Guide to Publishing for Children (Available for free to premium members under My Resources in your Member Home).

5.) ALL submissions must include a title page with your contact information and the type of manuscript (YA, MG, picture book, chapter book, or nonfiction) 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). No material needs to be submitted in advance for Portfolio Consultations. Please bring your art with you to the meeting.


Once ALL consultation slots are booked, SCBWI will open a waitlist for those who would like to purchase a manuscript or portfolio consultation. You may add your name to the waitlist HERE. The list will not be activated until all slots are booked.  People on the waitlist will be notified when new spots are opened. All spots are first come, first served. Adding your name to the waitlist does NOT reserve you a spot should one become available, it merely insures you are notified as soon as new spots are added.

Manuscript Reviewers

Patrice Caldwell
Linda Camacho
Kayla Cichello
Danielle Collins
Trisha de Guzman
Amy Thrall Flynn
Jessica Echeverria
Sarah Gerton
Agent, Author
Karen Grencik
Lucy Hamilburg
Jess Harold
Lucia Iannone
Shulokhana Khan
Celia Lee
Kate McKean
Carolina Ortiz-Arancibia
Alexander Slater
Nick Thomas
Jennifer Thompson
Editor, Other

Portfolio Reviewers

Adriana Dominguez
Kirsten Hall
Aliza R. Hoover
Kevin Lewis
Sharismar Rodriguez
Art Director
Tracy Shaw
Art Director
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