Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Critiques Galore!

Date(s) - 01/01/2021 - 01/30/2021
12:00 am

Critiques Galore! Starts January 1st


Critiques will be returned on January 30th.


About the Event:

SCBWI IA/MN is ringing in the new year by offering 80 professional critiques with the best in the industry! Registration opens on December 12 at 9:00 AM and will only be available for SCBWI IA/MN members for the first week before it opens to all of SCBWI. 

Critiques are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis and are $50.00 per critique. Submit the first 10 pages and a synopsis in standard manuscript format or full picture book manuscript (double-spaced; 12 point Times New Roman) to by 5:00 PM January 1. Late submissions will be charged, but not critiqued. Your subject line must include your first and last name and the title of your manuscript. Example: Eileen Boggess, The Best Novel Ever Written

Instructions for Submissions:

  • Attach submission as a Word Document. Please do not include it in the body of the email.
  • 12 point, Times New Roman font. The synopsis is single-spaced and the manuscript is double-spaced.
  • Save your document as Title by Name. For example: Best Novel Ever Written by Eileen Boggess
  • PB: only need manuscript, do not need a synopsis
  • MG/YAOne-page synopsis and 10 pages of your manuscript. If your synopsis is longer than one page, I will remove pages from your manuscript since the paid critique MOU is only for a one-page synopsis and 10 pages of a manuscript.
  • Author/Illustrator: PDF of the manuscript. One page synopsis if needed.

Failure to follow the instructions may result in parts of your critique not being submitted, so please follow these guidelines. Thank you!

Zoom Critiques:

You will receive a written critique as well as a ten-minute Zoom session on January 30. Please check your email for your link.

Please familiarize yourself with the editors and agents in advance to choose the best person for your work.


Editors and Agents offering Critiques:


Julie Bliven


Julie Bliven – Editor Charlesbridge Publishing –

Julie Bliven is grateful to be at a publishing house with a longstanding dedication to supporting books with social consciousness and global perspective. She has edited more than fifty titles, including fiction and nonfiction board books, picture books, and middle-grade novels. She is interested in books that incorporate ideas about inclusion in unique or unexpected ways.




Jem Chambers-Black

Jem Chambers-Black – Agent Andrea Brown Literary

Jem Chambers-Black is an agent at Andrea Brown Literary and is looking for MG and YA works. She is open to contemporary stories with a commercial hook, but underneath has a lot of heart. Those stories can have speculative elements, such as witches, ghosts, and magic. She also loves mystery, horror, psychological thrillers, low fantasy, graphic novels, novel in verse, and romance (especially Rom-Coms). Lastly, Jem is especially interested in stories created by traditionally unrepresented voices.




Christy Ewers

Christy Ewers – Agent CAT Agency

Christy Ewers is the owner of The CAT Agency, where she represents illustrators and author/illustrators in the children’s market, after taking over for her mother, Chris Tugeau, who founded the agency in 1994. The CAT Agency is a boutique agency that believes in the hands-on approach in representing a diverse group of talent from all over the world. Christy works closely with the entire “family” of artists, spearheading promotion and deals for CAT Agency illustrators, as well as working closely with the authors in the group to help craft their stories and hone their writing for young readers. For more information, visit






Courtney Fahy

Courtney Fahy – Editorial Assistant Little Bee Books & Yellow Jacket

Courtney Fahy is the Editorial Assistant at Little Bee Books and Yellow Jacket, where she acquires and edits board books, picture books, and middle grade novels. Prior to joining Little Bee Books, Courtney interned at Macmillan at Roaring Brook Press and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for Young Readers, as well as W.W. Norton. Originally from New Jersey, Courtney graduated from Pace University with a Master of Science in Publishing. You can find Courtney on Twitter @courtneyfahy.





Clelia Gore


Clelia Gore – Agent Martin Literary Management

Clelia Gore is an agent at Martin Literary Management and is searching for author-illustrators of picture books.  She is particularly interested in creators of funny books and is a sucker for a heart-squeezer—a book that makes a big emotional impact. She also interested in commercial character-driven books that can be developed into a larger property. She’d love to represent more author-illustrators of nonfiction books although she’s less interested in biographies and more interested in everything else under the nonfiction umbrella in picture books. She’s not afraid of an unusual or innovative art style. 





Jolene Haley


Jolene Haley – Agent Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Jolene Haley joined the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2020 and has been in the publishing industry since 2012. Jolene represents middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. She is drawn to original concepts, compelling characters, and stories with plot twists that keep her guessing. In all genres, she welcomes diverse stories and characters that reflect the world we live in.




Jess Harold


Jess Harold – Assistant Editor Scholastic

Jess Harold is an assistant editor at Scholastic. She is always looking for stories that focus on voices from the margins, especially those that serve as mirrors to young readers and are full of radical, unexpected joy. She is happiest in 78-degree weather near the people, plants, and animals she loves. Find her on Twitter @jessharold






Megan Ilnitzki


Megan Ilnitzki – Editor Harper Collins

Megan Ilnitzki edits picture books through young adult titles, with an emphasis in middle grade. She is looking for character-driven picture books, commercial middle grade fantasy, and voice-driven contemporary middle grade and teen fiction. Across all age levels, she’s particularly drawn to joyful, magical, and inclusive stories from diverse voices. 





Kate Prosswimmer


Kate Prosswimmer – Eidtor Margaret K. McElderry Books

Kate Prosswimmer has been an Editor at Margaret K. McElderry Books for a year and a half. She’s enthusiastically acquiring a list of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. Kate is always down for a great mystery, isn’t afraid of books that will make her ugly cry, enjoys atmospheric and unusual settings, prefers middle grade stories that are both whimsical and earnest, looks for picture books that favor story over message or concept, YA that feels escapist in both contemporary and speculative genres, and stories across all ages that make the ordinary feel extraordinary.



This event is fully booked.