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Critique-A-Palooza Submission Guidelines


Submission Guidelines



* This event is for SCBWI Florida members. Your SCBWI membership must be up to date in order to participate. Please verify your membership before beginning the registration process.

* Your manuscript or portfolio MUST be submitted when you register and pay.

* Registration opens June 1, 2020, 9:00 AM.

* Registration closes June 15, 2020, 5:00 PM OR when all 100 critique slots are filled. Slots are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

* One submission per member.

* 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.



* Cost: $65.00

* Includes: A 15-minute virtual face-to-face meeting on Zoom and written critique notes

* Availability: There are 100 slots available for submissions

* Faculty: For a list of current faculty for the event, click here.



1. Categories: Picture Book, Middle Grade/Chapter Book, Young Adult, Nonfiction (all genres within these categories are acceptable)

2. Length: No more than 10 pages per submission (Do not include a title or cover page. Begin your submission on the first page. Be sure to include the personal information listed under number 9 below on the first page).

3. Format: Doc format 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 also follow all formatting guidelines.

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.

9. Personal information. On the first page of your manuscript include in the upper-left corner the following information: First and last name as it appears on your SCBWI membership, the category of your submission, and your email address. For instance:

Joanne Rowling

Middle Grade

10. How to name your submission: The name of your submission must include the title of the manuscript and your first and last name as it appears on your SCBWI membership. (Example: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Joanne K. Rowling.)

11. Additional formatting help: If you need additional help with formatting, see “From Keyboard to Printed Page: Facts You Need to Know” at


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: All 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, visit: .

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 can 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. (For instance: Portfolio Review for Fred Koehler). 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. (Example: The World’s Best Book by Fred Koehler.)

8. Online Portfolio Review: If you would rather have your existing online portfolio reviewed, you may do so. In this case you share the link to your website during the registration process. (See #7 “Uploading Your Submission” below.)

NOTE: Failure to follow formatting guidelines

could mean that your submission is not accepted.


* To learn our new procedures for registering and uploading, view a brief video by visiting:



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 AM on June 1, 2020, register for Critique-a-Palooza at and follow the instructions for paying.

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. Click 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, and whether the submission has been professionally critiqued at an SCBWI conference before.

6. Upload your properly named file (see instructions above). NOTE: You should upload your submission within TWO HOURS after registering and paying.

7. Online portfolio review. Illustrators providing a link to an online portfolio will paste the link in the space provided.

8. Confirmation. You will receive a confirmation email that your manuscript was received.

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



1. A critique assignment with an industry professional. Our goal is to place each submission with an industry professional–an agent, editor, or art director. When making assignments, we take into consideration previous critiques, who is agented, and so on where possible. However, our ultimate goal is to place each submission with the critiquer who can give the most helpful input for taking the work to the next level.

2. Instructions and notification of assignment and time. You will receive an email close to the event date that will provide Zoom instructions and tell you who will be critiquing your submission and at what time.

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

NOTE: We cannot honor requests for specific critiquers or specific time slots. .