Book Launches: Published SCBWI members are also eligible to launch books published during the preceding 12
months which have not previously been launched at a conference.
To participate in the book launch, in addition to completing the book sales form, you must also
send a digital image of your book cover to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 30 days prior
to the conference so that there is sufficient time to prepare the book cover powerpoint presentation.
At the launch, you will have three minutes to speak about your book and your story of publication.
Due to time constraints, registration for this activity is limited and spaces will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Please prepare and time your comments prior to the conference so that you can complete them in the allotted three minutes.
ILLUSTRATORS’ Portfolio Display – FREE!!!
Illustrators may display their portfolios at our conferences. For more information about putting together a portfolio, check the guidelines for the SCBWI Showcase and the blog post by Elizabeth Dulemba, our former Illustrator Coordinator.
There is no additional fee for this activity.
Formal critiques – Additional Fees Apply
NOTE: These may be scheduled to occur during conference sessions.
FORMATTING MANUSCRIPTS FOR FORMAL CRITIQUE
For more information about formatting a manuscript, see From Keyboard to Printed
Page, at www.scbwi.org (click on “Publications” then download “The Book.” Formatting instructions are on page 10)
No more than one manuscript may be submitted for each critique. Manuscripts
for formal critique shall be no longer than 10 pages, including synopsis. The first page
of your manuscript should include your name, contact information, total length, and the
category (pb, mg, ya) of your submission. Please number all pages. Place the title and
by-line one third the way from the top of the first page, and begin the text no higher than
halfway down the page. New chapters should begin on new pages, with text starting no
higher than one third the way down the page. Use one inch margins on all sides, 12 point
font, and, except for poetry and a one page synopsis (which counts as a page in the 10
page maximum), please double space all text.
Face-to-Face critiques: after registering, email your manuscript to
email@example.com no later than midnight, 35 days prior to the
conference. Please use “[SM or wik] F2F Critique – [title]-[category (pb, mg, YA )] ”
as your email subject line.
Written only critiques when offered, written only critiques are guaranteed to be completed by an editor or agent. They may not be offered at all conferences.
If you register for a Written Only Critique your manuscript should be the same length and format as a Face to Face critique, but should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight, 35 days prior to the conference. Please use “[SM or wik] Written Critique – [title]-[category (pb, mg, YA )] ” in your subject line.
Portfolios – Your portfolio to be formally critiqued should be brought to the conference. See above for more information about formatting portfolios.
Informal Critiques – FREE!!!
This activity offers the opportunity to critique others’ work and have your work critiqued by peers.
There is no charge for this activity. Bring at least 5 copies of your work, no more than 2500 words
please, to the conference.
First Pages – FREE!!!
This activity occurs only at our Springmingle conference, and
offers a quick critique by the faculty panel of first pages which are presented
anonymously in a general session. There is no additional fee for this but registration is
limited due to the limited time available for the activity.
First Pages – After registering for this optional activity, please submit the first
page, up to 250 words, in the same format as manuscripts submitted for formal critques.
Submit your title, genre, and the first page of text as a word document attached to an email sent no later than midnight, March 2, addressed to email@example.com.
Please do not put your name or other identifying information on the document.
Submissions will be read aloud at the conference. Because First Pages is a popular activity, registration is limited and we typically do not have time to read and review all of the submissions which are received. There is no guarantee that all submissions will be reached or that the full page you submit will be read.