Online Critique Groups

Online critique groups are forming now! If there isn't an open group in your genre, send me a form and I'd be happy to help you start a new group.

Picture Book Groups


The Commitments

Group Leader: Tim McGlen  

Contact info:

Date this form was submitted: August 1, 2017

What do you send the group and how often do you submit? email subs from the 1st through 5th, then crit up until the 15th. New subs are from the 15th to 20th and crits are due by the end of the month

How do you submit? e-mail text in body of email (might as well get used to it since this is what most agent submissions require); Facebook group for coinciding discussions

Number of members in group: 2-10?

Open to New Members? Yes

Focus/Genres: Fiction picture books

Range of group’s experiences: (can say something like newbies to published, intermediate, etc.): preferably with some experience (at least a conference or something), but anyone committed to practicing the MODERN picture book

SCBWI SoFla Rising Starfish

Group leader: Lynne Marie (

Contact info: 

754-201-1844 (Rings Home & Cell), 631-838-5300 Text, Cell

Date this form was submitted: 1/18/2016 

When, where, and how often the group meets: 

       WHERE: Online 

       HOW: Submit Picture Book according to Schedule

      WHAT: Picture Book Critique Group 

                                  (Currently Filled, but taking Wait Listers)

      GENRES: Picture Books – Fiction and Non-Fiction. 

MG Group


Middle Grade Scribblers (currently full)

Group Leader: Shelia Renfro and Janas Byrd

Contact info: or

Date this form was submitted: August 4, 2014

What do you send the group and how often do you submit? 10-20 pgs the first and 15th of each month.

When are critiques due? Critiques are due back before the next submission date.

Do you submit via e-mail, forum, Facebook group, Yahoo, etc? Email

Number of members in group: 4

Open to New Members? No–this group is currently full

Focus/Genres: MG short stories and novels

Range of group’s experiences:

Janas has just completed a children's literature fellowship at Stonybrook Southampton and has finished her first draft of a middle grade novel.

Sheila has taken the Institute of Children's Literature and Long Ridge writing classes. She has written short stories and flash fiction for children and has completed a first draft of a middle grade novel and of an adult novel.

YA Group (currently full)

There's a group for authors with at least one published YA. They're full at the moment, but let me know if you'd like to be placed on a waiting list or request to start another YA group.

MG & YA Group

Picture Book Through YA Group


PB – MG & Children's Magazine Articles Group

(This is run by one of our members, but not all members are SCBWI FL)

The Yellow Brick Road

Group Leader: Lisa J. Michaels (moderator)

Contact info:

Date this form was submitted: 7/28/2014 - Helping authors achieve publication since 2009!

What do you send the group and how often do you submit? We have a bi-weekly schedule that is posted on our privacy-protected manuscript exchange page. Members may post their manuscript on scheduled posting days.  

When are critiques due? Members have one week to critique two manuscripts of their choosing.

Do you submit via e-mail, forum, Facebook group, Yahoo, etc? YBR is a private blog site, viewable by members only, with several pages. The landing page is our "manuscript exchange" page, where members post their manuscripts for all members to see and choose from. Each member is responsible for picking two manuscripts to critique per session. They have one week to critique their choices and mail the critiques out to all members, so that everyone can benefit from them.

Number of members in group: On average, I like to have at least 25 participating members. Usually there are 4-5 other members in the wings, who are on vacation, have temporarily stepped out, or are on leave for one reason or another.  

Open to New Members? Yes

*If group is closed to new members, is there a way to be placed on a waiting list? Yes, we do have a waiting list on occasion. Please send your bio, headshot photo, and a 2-3 paragraph writing sample to be placed on the list. 

Focus/Genres: Picture Books, Early Chapter Books, Middle-grade novels, Children's Magazine Articles, Cover & Query Letters. 

Range of group’s experiences: New writers are considered, depending on their skill level (determined through the submitted writing sample). This is a serious group of professional writers. Many have achieved traditional publication.

YBR is a large group and many manuscripts are posted per session (on average, 6-10). Each manuscript receives a minimum of 3 critiques. Although the posting of manuscripts is not required, each member is responsible for doing two critiques per session. Participation is required for continued inclusion.
An extra perk of membership is inclusion in the YBR promotional website.  

Interested in Joining an Online Critique Group


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Genre/s that you write:

Are you looking for a group for all genres you write, or do you prefer to focus on one, if possible?

If there aren’t any open online groups that fit your current needs, would you consider leading or co-leading a new online critique group?

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