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Critique-a-Palooza 2.1 Information and Registration





What is it? Virtual face-to-face 15-minute critiques on Zoom with written critique notes that will be sent after the event


Who will critique? A cadre of agents, editors, and art directors (see our faculty list below)


Who’s it for? Current SCBWI Florida members only


Cost? $65.00 per critique

Critiques must be paid for and your submission (up to 10-pages of a manuscript; a book dummy; a portfolio; or a graphic novel) uploaded at the time of registration. Full submission details can be found at


What categories? You will submit in one of the following categories: Picture Book, Middle Grade/Chapter Book, Young Adult, Illustrator/Portfolio, Illustrator/Book Dummy, Illustrator/Graphic Novel. (Please note: Any genre within each category is acceptable—nonfiction, sci-fi, historical fiction, and so on.)


How many critiques can I have? One critique per person. We expect to have 140+ critique slots available, so please register early. (NOTE: If additional spots remain, we will open registration for additional critiques one week before the closing date.)


When can I sign up? Registration opens April 30, 2021, 9:00 a.m., and closes May 21, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. (Your assigned time slot and Zoom instructions will be emailed at least one week before the event.) You must upload your submission and pay when you register.


How are critique assignments made? The registration form will allow you to indicate if you are agented and who on our faculty has critiqued this specific submission in the past. A team of volunteers will consider that input, your submission, and the preferences of our critiquers when making assignments. The best matches possible will be made. Our critiquers are all industry professionals and will offer valuable feedback whether they acquire or edit work like yours or not. We cannot honor requests for specific critiquers.


When will critiques be given? Saturday, June 26, 2021—15-minute critiques will be assigned between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You will be notified of your assigned time prior to the event.


What are the dates to remember?

April 30, 9:00 a.m.—Registration opens

May 14, 9:00 a.m.—Registration for additional critiques (as available) opens

May 21, 5:00 p.m.—Registration closes

June 26—Critique-a-Palooza 2.1


What do I do between now and then?

  1. Go to to make sure your SCBWI membership is up-to-date.
  2. Polish your submission.
  3. Review the Submission Guidelines here.
  4. Watch the “How to Submit to the SCBWI Florida Critique-A-Palooza” here if you are unfamiliar with the process.
  5. Keep watching for additional information.
  6. Get ready for a lollapalooza of an event!





SCBWI Florida has scholarships available for the Critique-a-Palooza 2.1 event on June 26, 2021. The scholarships have been designated for underrepresented authors and illustrators who are creating in their own voices. Our goal is to support these own-voice creators on their publishing journeys. These scholarships will cover the cost of one critique.


To apply, please email your name; contact information; where you fit in an underrepresented designation; and tell us what you are working on in your creative journey and how it relates to or represents your own voice and your community.  Send your request to


The deadline for applications is Monday, May 10, 2021. 






Sunita Apte, Editor, Reycraft Books

Trisha de Guzman, Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers (Macmillan)

Kelly Delaney, Editor, Knopf Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House)

Sarah Fell, Senior Editor—Magination Press

Kate Fletcher, Executive Editor, Candlewick

Megan Ilnitzki, Editor, HarperCollins

Bunmi Ishola, Editor, WaterBook & Multnomah (Penguin Random House)

Elizabeth Lee, Assistant Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers (Macmillan)

Alexandra McKenzie, Editorial Assistant, Charlesbridge

Kathleen Merz, Acquisitions & Managing Editor, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Sarah Rockett, Senior Editor, Sleeping Bear Press



Amy Flynn, Associate Agent, Rubin Pfeffer Content

Sarah Gerton, Agent, Curtis Brown

Janine Le, Agent, Sheldon Fogelman Agency

Sera Rivers, Agent, Martin Literary

Laurel Symonds, Agent, The Bent Agency

Hannah VanVels, Agent, Belcastro Agency

Liza Pulitzer Voges, Agent, Eden Street LLC


Art Directors

Maria Middleton, Art Director, Candlewick

Diane Earley, Creative Director, Charlesbridge


Read Faculty Bios here



Logo illustration by SCBWI Florida member Ann Pilicer.




Please email if you would like to be added to the waitlist.





Critique-A-Palooza is sold out and all spots have been filled. Please email to be put on the waiting list.