Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators






Dear Participants,
Earlier this month you received the name of your critiquer and your assigned critique time (and you confirmed receipt), you have received the Zoom link and participant instructions, you have downloaded the latest version of Zoom, and you are ready for Critique-A-Palooza on Saturday.

NOTE: Please check for all this information now and have it ready for Saturday. If you have a question or need information, please contact Kristina Miranda at or email


1. Be prepared to take notes. We suggest having a hard copy of your submission handy.


2. 15-20 minutes BEFORE your assigned critique time, log into the Zoom link:
Passcode: FLSCBWI
3. Make sure your Zoom account uses your first and last name as it appeared on your submission.
4. Hang out in the Waiting Room (you’ll just see a screen with a message) until someone lets you into the main meeting room close to your critique time. (Don’t worry! We won’t forget you!)
It’s going to be a “palooza” of a time!


What is it? Virtual face-to-face critiques on Zoom (with written critique notes)

Who will critique? Our goal is to enlist a cadre of agents, acquiring editors, content editors, and art directors for this virtual, online event

Who’s it for? Current SCBWI Florida members

Cost? $65.00 per critique

(Critiques must be paid for and up to 10-pages of manuscript uploaded at the time of registration. Full submission details will be online in the near future.)

What categories for writers? Picture Book, Middle Grade/Chapter Book, Young Adult, Nonfiction

What categories for illustrators? Illustrator Portfolio, Picture Book Dummy, Graphic Novel, Online Illustrator Portfolio

How many critiques can I have? We expect to have 100 critique slots available, one critique per person

When can I sign up? Registration opens June 1, 9:00 a.m., and closes June 15, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. (Assigned time slot and Zoom instructions will be emailed in mid-July.)

When will critiques be given? Saturday, July 25, 2020—15-minute critiques to be assigned between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

What do I do until then?

1. Watch this video to see how you will register and upload your work starting June 1st

2. Go to to make sure your SCBWI membership is up-to-date.

3. Polish your manuscript or portfolio.

4. Review the submission guidelines HERE.

5. Review the list of agents and editors we have lined up so far HERE.

6. Get ready for a lollapalooza of an event!