Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Manuscript Critiques and Critique Submissions

The Midsouth Fall Conference offers FOUR varieties of manuscript critiques.  All full-conference attendees are welcome to participate in the Free Optional Group Critiques (described below).  Additionally, full-conference SCBWI members may purchase a total of one paid manuscript critique from the paid options (described below). 
FREE Optional Group Critiques
All full-conference attendees are invited to participate in the Saturday afternoon free optional group critique session. During online registration, attendees will self-select into one of the following: PB, MG, YA, non-fiction, or illustrator. Participants will be assigned to a writing critique group by a conference coordinator. Writers will exchange copies via email of the first three pages of their manuscript. Critiques will be exchanged in person at the conference. Groups will be around 5 people each. Illustrators, bring your portfolio. You may register for both a free critique and a paid critique (below). See the links at the bottom of this page for examples of manuscript formatting.
Paid Critiques
Full-conference SCBWI members (from any region) may purchase one paid manuscript critique during registration.  You will submit the manuscript after registering, see submission details after the list of paid critique options.  
Types of Paid Critiques:
1. Face-to-Face, Choose Your Critiquer, $75
Choose one of the faculty members (from the list provided in registration) to critique your work for an additional fee of $75. Critique will include written suggestions/thoughts and a 15-minute verbal critique. One manuscript critique per attendee, limited to current SCBWI members from any region. Online registration and manuscripts must be received by July 15. No refunds. Spaces are limited. First come, first served. Every effort will be made to place your Face-to-Face Manuscript Critiques within the Individual Paid Critique time allotted in the conference schedule. After these slots are filled, however, some critiques may take place during breakout sessions.
2. Face-to-Face, Assigned Critique, $45
Same style critique as the Choose Your Critiquer above, but The Conference Committee assigns faculty to critique your work. There is a fee of $45 for this type of critique.
3. Written-Only, $45
Written-only critiques are mailed to an off-site critiquer; you will receive written suggestions/thoughts at the conference. Your critique may be picked up from 4:30 to 5:00 pm on Saturday at the registration desk. This year, written-only critiques will be given by either Annie Berger (pb and mg) at Sourcebooks, or Kat Brzozowski (ya) of Feiwel & Friends/Swoon Reads. There is a fee of $45 for this type of critique.
Paid Critique Submission:
For your paid critique, you may submit one:
•picture book manuscript
•OR picture book manuscript with dummy (for illustrators only)
•OR up to 10 pages of poems
•OR submit a one-page synopsis of a fiction or non-fiction project + the first 10 pages of the corresponding manuscript. 
Submit your correctly formatted manuscript via the link below no later than July 15, 11:59 p.m. Eastern/10:59 p.m. Central, with online conference registration completed and all fees paid. Please enter the type of critique you’ve chosen (i.e. “Face-to-Face: Choose Your Critiquer,” “Face-to-Face: Critiquer is Chosen For You,” or “Written-Only”) in the subject line of your email, as well as your manuscript’s genre (i.e., fantasy, mystery, contemporary) and category (i.e., Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Nonfiction). Please name your manuscript file as follows: LASTNAME.TITLE.YEAR.   See the links at the bottom of this page for examples of manuscript formatting.
Submit paid critiques to:
Remember to submit your manuscript after registering, before the deadline, and only once. We will not be able to swap manuscripts after you’ve sent your story to us. If your manuscript arrives after 11:59 p.m. EDT/10:59 p.m. CDT on July 15, you will be informed. This fee is nonrefundable.
Manuscript Formatting
Writers who are not illustrators DO NOT need illustrations for their picture books. A correctly formatted manuscript is the only necessary submission. Writer-Illustrators may submit a correctly formatted manuscript with or without a dummy.
Examples of manuscript formatting: