Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

One-time critiques

One-time, one-on-one help


Maybe what you want is a one-time critique. Your chosen critiquer will read your manuscript (or its first 10 pages) and give you written feedback. The fee is $50.

Unlike the distance critiques we occasionally offer with guest faculty, this program has no submission deadline. The timing of your critique will be worked out directly with the person you select.


How it works:

First, choose your expert. A list of critiquers can be found at the bottom of this page. Follow the links to learn more about them by reading their SCBWI Member Profile. You will also find information about some of them on our Meet your mentors page.

Your preferred critiquer’s name also links to their email address. Use this to send a message asking whether your chosen mentor is available, when you can expect to have feedback, and how they would like you to pay their fee.

Once you have your critiquer’s agreement to provide you with a critique, send your manuscript directly to them. 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.

At this point, your $50 is due. The critique fee does not include HST. Your critiquer will add HST to their final bill. Please discuss payment methods with your chosen critiquer.

Manuscripts must be double spaced, in a readable 12-pt. font, with margins of at least one inch.

Your mentor will return your manuscript with their critique within the time frame you have agreed to, perhaps via the SCBWI Manuscript Critique Gold Form.

Note: This is an informal arrangement facilitated by SCBWI. We cannot guarantee a particular level of quality. If your experience is unsatisfactory, please let us know.


The critiquers:

N Novels
PB Picture books
NF Nonfiction
N: MG Novels: Middle-grade


(N/PB) Alma Fullerton View Alma’s Profile Email Alma
(N:MG) Ann Marie Meyers View Ann Marie’s Profile Email Ann Marie
(PB) Catherine Austen View Catherine’s Profile Email Charlene
(PB) Charlene Chua View Charlene’s Profile Email Charlene
(N/PB) Deborah Kerbel View Deborah’s Profile Email Deborah
(N/PB) Heather Gale View Heather’s Profile Email Heather
(PB) Janet Surette View Janet’s Profile Email Janet
(N/PB) Jean E Pendziwol View Jean’s Profile Email Jean
(N) Joanne Levy View Joanne’s Profile Email Joanne
(PB) Loretta Garbutt View Loretta’s Profile Email Loretta
(PB/NF) Lydia Lukidis View Lydia’s Profile Email Lydia
(N) Mike Stewart View Mike’s Profile Email Mike
(N/PB/NF) Rachel Eugster View Rachel’s Profile Email Rachel


If you have any questions about this program, please email Alma Fullerton or Michelle Jodoin.