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2022 SCBWI Florida Critique Submission Guidelines


Critique Guidelines



•  You must be registered for the full conference to recieve a critique.


•  Your manuscript, portfolio, book dummy, or graphic novel MUST be submitted within two hours of registering and paying for your critique. 


•  If you are NOT ready to submit your work when registering for the conference, you may come back at a later time to register and pay for a critique as long as critique slots remain available.


•  Critique Early Bird Registration for SCBWI members opens February 21, 2022, 9:00 a.m. and is limited to 1 critique per person.


•  Registration closes April 4, 2022, 5:00 PM OR when all critique slots are filled. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 


•  A submission may only be uploaded once. Send your best work the first time. There will not be an opportunity to edit, revise, or resubmit.


•  If critique slots are still available on March 21, 2022, we will open registration for 1 additional critique (total of 2 per participant) at 9:00 a.m. 


•  If critique slots are still available on March 28, 2022, we will open registration for all additional critiques at 9:00 a.m. until all slots are filled.


•  There are limited number of critique spaces available. No additional spaces will be added after all slots are filled.


•  You must be present at the conference for your face-to-face critique. There will be no viritual critiques.




•  Cost: $65.00


•  Includes: A 15-minute face-to-face meeting at the conference and written critique notes. You will recieve your written critique notes at your critique.


•  Time: Critiques will scheduled between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022. You may not request a specific time.


•  Availability: There are 144 slots available for critiques.




1.  Categories: Picture Books, Middle Grade/Chapter Book, and Young Adult (Please note: Any genre within each category is acceptable—nonfiction, sci-fi, historical fiction, and so on.)


2.  Length: No more than 10 pages per submission.


3.  Format: Doc or Docx formats only. No PDFs. No art.


4.  Fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, or Courier only, 12 point


5.  Spacing: Double spaced


6.  Margins: 1-inch on both sides, top, and bottom


7.  For Novels: Submit the FIRST 10 pages ONLY. If you want to submit a synopsis along with your pages, the full submission MUST BE NO LONGER THAN 10 PAGES TOTAL including the synopsis. The synopsis must follow all formatting guidelines also. For novel formatting guidelines without a synopsis, CLICK HERE. For novel formatting guidelines with a synopsis, CLICK HERE.


8.  For Picture Books: Although a picture book manuscript may have fewer than 10 pages, only ONE picture book manuscript can be included in a submission. NO ART MAY BE INCLUDED WITH PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS. For picture book formatting guidelines, CLICK HERE. NOTE: Guidelines for Picture Book Dummies are below.


9.  Personal information: On the first page of your manuscript include, in the upper left-hand corner, the following information: First and last name as it appears on your SCBWI membership, your address, your phone number, and your email address. Flush left, single space, regular type. Then add your category and genre flush right. See the guidelines mentioned above for examples of this and more. For instance:

10.  How to name your submission document: The name of your document must include the title of the manuscript and your first and last name as it appears on your SCBWI membership. Leave no spaces between words. (Example: HarryPotterandtheSorcerer’sStonebyJoanneK.Rowling.)


NOTE: Failure to follow formatting guidelines

could mean that your submission is not accepted.




1.  Categories: Illustration Portfolio, Picture Book Dummy, Graphic Novel


2.  Format: SCBWI Florida recommends that illustrations submit their work digitally to ensure that critiquers have ample time to review and evaluate. If you choose to bring physical copies of your work instead, please note that the only time the critiquers will have to review and evaluate will be during your 15-minute critique.


Digital submissions must be in PDF Format. The total size of your pdf must not exceed 20 MB.


3.  PDF formatting help: If you need help converting your images to pdf, CLICK HERE


4.  Illustration Portfolio: Up to 12 total images


5.  Picture Book Dummy: Full picture book dummy


6.  Graphic Novel: Up to 10 total pages. Those pages may be a first chapter of sketched/ illustrated panels, a “pitch packet” including a synopsis and character sketches, or a combination of both. Any typed pages must follow the manuscript formatting guidelines provided above.


7.  How to name your submission: If you are submitting a portfolio, you should name your document with the words Portfolio Review for and your name as it appears on your SCBWI membership with no spaces. (For instance: PortfolioReviewforFredKoehler). If you are submitting a dummy or graphic novel, the name of your submission must include the title of the manuscript and your name as it appears on your SCBWI membership with no spaces. (Example: TheWorld’sBestBookbyFredKoehler.)

NOTE: Failure to follow formatting guidelines
could mean that your submission is not accepted.




1.  Be prepared. Be sure your submission is formatted and named according to the guidelines above before beginning the registration process.


2.  Register and pay. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on February 21, 2022, register for a critique and follow the instructions for paying. Note: You must be registered for the full conference to recieve a critique.


3.  Confirmation email. After you have registered and paid, watch for a confirmation email. You should receive it within 30 minutes. Be sure to check your SPAM folder in case it goes there. If the email does not arrive after an hour, please email for assistance.


4.  Then click the link in the email to continue. Click on the link provided in the email.


5.  Be prepared to share some info. Be prepared with your name as it appears on your SCBWI membership, the title of your submission, whether you are agented, and whether the submission has been critiqued by any of this year’s faculty members.


6.  Upload. Upload your properly named file (see instructions above). 


7.  Confirmation. You will receive a confirmation email that your submission was received.


8.  Just in case. If we have any problems accessing your submission, we will contact you directly.




1.  Notification of assignment and time. You will receive an email on or before May 1, 2022 with the name of your critiquer and your assigned critique time.


2.  Until then . . . If you have any questions, please email



NOTE: The best matches possible will be made. Our critiquers are all invited faculty members, either industry professionals or award-winning authors and illustrators. All will offer valuable feedback. We cannot honor requests for specific critiquers or specific time slots.