Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Long-Distance Critiques


A limited number of long-distance manuscript critiques are being offered to members who are unable to attend the Art of Story conference. The manuscripts will be critiqued by editor Elizabeth Law of Holiday House.

Illustration by Annette Gaffney,

For novels, send no more than 10 manuscript pages, plus a one-page synopsis. For picture books (or shorter works), send only one manuscript, which cannot exceed 10 pages.

Manuscripts must be received no later than May 1, 2019. Please email them to

NOTE: Manuscripts MUST be sent as attached Word docs, in a standard, submission-ready format, i.e., double-spaced, in an easy-to-read 12pt font. Note that a properly formatted manuscript page is approximately 250 words. DO NOT play with your spacing, font, tabs, or margins to fit more text onto the page. If you fail to follow these guidelines, we reserve the right to refuse you a critique.