SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Monthly Critique Groups

art by Steve Bjorkman

 

Critique groups meet from 12:00 – 1:30 pm after our main meet-ups every month.

To get involved with a critique group or to join our mailing list to receive details, contact Tim Burke at

socal-ra@scbwi.org

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Picture Book (PB) Middle Grade (MG) / Young Adult (YA)
Submit to Submit to Christine Henderson at cmhwrites@aol.com

In the email subject line, write “PB Manuscript, (date of meeting).”

Submit to Christine Henderson at cmhwrites@aol.com
Submission deadline The Friday midnight a week before the meeting. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you miss the deadline, you can re-submit for the following monthly meeting. The Friday midnight a week before the meeting. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you miss the deadline, you can re-submit for the following monthly meeting.
Submission length Send in one manuscript. 1,000 words or less. Send in five pages (double spaced.)
Document type Word document (NOT Pages or PDF.) Word document (NOT Pages or PDF.)
Document name GENRE (PB), LAST NAME, FIRST, TITLE GENRE (MG/YA), LAST NAME, FIRST, TITLE
Document formatting Size 12 font, Times New Roman. Double spaced. 1 inch margin on all sides. Size 12 font, Times New Roman. Double spaced. 1 inch margin on all sides.
Document header Title/author last name (on the far left) and page numbers (on the far right) Title/author last name (on the far left) and page numbers (on the far right)
Example document Click here to download an example of an MG/YA submission.

 

MG/YA writers: If you are submitting a chapter that is later in the novel (not chapter 1), it is helpful to provide a “here’s what has happened so far” summary.  It is also helpful to the critiquer if you include a complete synopsis of the novel so they can judge the excerpt within the entire context of the novel. These are merely suggestions, not requirements, to help you maximize the quality of the feedback from your group.

First-time submissions: It is highly recommended you attend a monthly meeting once before participating in a critique group. That way, you will know the process we follow. It is important you know the process as this is a moment of vulnerability for members of the group. We want to guide and inspire, not crush our aspiring writers.

For more complete information on genre and guidelines, please check out this article.