Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

November Critique Meeting on Zoom

Date(s) - 11/18/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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In our November meeting, we’ll be doing critiques of first pages for fiction and nonfiction, as well as entire PB manuscripts and query letters.

Readers, editors, and agents often judge your work by the first page of your manuscript. A first page needs to capture the reader’s interest, establish voice and setting, and present conflict, among other things. It’s very important―and challenging―to get the first impression right!


Manuscript Guidelines

If you’d like to have your work critiqued, please submit one of the following:

  • First page of a novel or magazine article, 250 words or fewer
  • Complete picture book manuscript, 600 words or fewer
  • Complete one-page query letter



Submit Word or PDF files with 12-point font, double spaced with one inch margins. Please remove your name because we’d like these to be anonymous. 


Deadline November 16

Please register for the Zoom meeting, then submit your work via email to (Limit one submission per person.) By submitting your manuscript, you are agreeing to allow us to screen-share your work in a Zoom group setting.

After all manuscripts are submitted, we’ll randomly select five or six for group critique during our November 18 Zoom chapter meeting. Writers of selected manuscripts will not be notified ahead of the meeting. Even if your manuscript isn’t picked for the live group critique, this will be a great learning opportunity as you listen to, and participate in, critiquing others’ manuscripts.


Additional Information

This link has some useful tips for novelists:


Event Details:

-The event will take place from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov 18 via Zoom.

-This event is FREE for Central & Southern Ohio SCBWI members, but you MUST REGISTER in order to receive the Zoom meeting link.

-This event will be recorded.


We hope to see you all there! If you have any questions, email us anytime at