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2022 SCBWI Ohio North Conference: Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques

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Critiques are a conference-add, available for purchase when you register for the full Saturday conference. Given the limited number of available critique slots, only one critique per person.





There are three options for Manuscript Critiques:


Option 1: Written-only ($55) with onsite or offsite faculty

Option 2: One-on-one (15 minutes) in-person at the conference with on-site faculty on Saturday ($65)

Option 3: One-on-one via Zoom with off-site faculty  the week of September 19 ($65)



There are two options for Portfolio Critiques:


Option 1: One-on-one (15 minutes) Portfolio Critiques are in-person at the conference with on-site faculty on Saturday ($65)

Option 2: One-on-one via Zoom with off-site faculty the week of September 19 ($65)



Visit the Conference Faculty page to see which faculty members are providing critiques and what they will and will not critique. Please match your work to their critique preferences. **Have a first, second, third, and fourth choice ready to go at the time of registration.**

Critiques are an opportunity to get feedback on your work from industry professionals, with a focus on marketability and execution of your craft. Please note that a critique is not a submission. Critiques with “acquiring” faculty members (i.e., editors, agents, art directors) sell out quickly, but all attendees will receive information for faculty members who will accept post-conference submissions as noted on the Conference Faculty page.


When you choose a Zoom critique with an Off-Site Critique Faculty member, note that these are happening the week of September 19 during very specific timeframes for each faculty member. Please only select a critique with an off-site faculty member if you can be available for their noted time slots on the Conference Faculty page. You will see their name and their specific time slots when you register; be sure to look for and select the time slot that works for your schedule. **These timeslots represent faculty availability. We cannot reschedule any offsite critiques. Only select a timeslot you are able to make. We cannot offer refunds or reschedule any offsite critiques for any missed critiques. If you are late for a critique, you will only have the remaining time in that timeslot for your critique.** 




All manuscripts submitted for critiques will be submitted through a Google form. You will receive the link to the Google form via email with instructions a few days after you register.  

All files submitted through the Google form should be labeled with your the critique faculty’s last name, your last name, the title, and saved as a Word.docx file:

  • FacultyLastName_YourLastName_Title.docx
  • Example: Sulaiman_DuBayGillis_BELIEVE.docx



• Check your email for the Google form to submit your manuscript for critique. If you don’t have the link to the Google form within 48 hours of registering for the conference, please email Britney Rudowsky at 

• Microsoft Word format with FacultyLastName_YourLastName_Title as the file name

• Double-spaced

• Check your page count (10 pages max)

• One story max (i.e., not 20 tiny picture book manuscripts)

• A query or cover letter is not needed

• One file per critique (However, if you choose to include a dummy with a picture book manuscript, you may also attach a PDF, less than 5MB in size)

All manuscript critique submissions are due by Friday, August 12 (so that faculty will have adequate time to review them) for people registered at that time. For people registering after that date, please send your manuscripts within seven days of receiving your registration confirmation. People registering after August 26 will not be able to sign up for manuscript critiques.



No cover letter or query letter is needed — please only send the manuscript (or excerpt). It’s tough to manage more than one file per person, and we have a lot of critiques!

If you are sending a section of your manuscript and you feel that synopsis is needed for the reviewer to understand the context, you can include one at the beginning of your manuscript, and it counts toward the page total (but a synopsis is brief, right? so it’s not cutting into the material to be reviewed).

Can I send more than one manuscript if it fits into my ten pages? A wise past faculty member once said, “each manuscript, regardless of how short, requires the same amount of attention.” Remember that elements of a story to be assessed (e.g., character, plot, sense of place) apply to all genres. Please only include one project in the manuscript document.



You can receive feedback on your portfolio in a 15-minute, one-on-one critique with a faculty member.

If you are selecting a critique with an on-site faculty member, bring your portfolio with you to your critique.

If you are selecting a critique via Zoom with an off-site faculty member, you will need to provide a PDF of your portfolio, which will be uploaded to a secure location to be shared with the faculty member (details on the max size and recommended number of images is forthcoming).



If you purchase a written-only critique, you will receive your feedback via email on Sunday, September 18.

If you purchase an on-site one-on-one critique for Saturday, you will receive your critique timeslot at the registration table. We do our best to schedule your critique to not interfere with your breakout session choices.

If you purchase an off-site one-on-one critique via Zoom, these will occur during the week of September 19.  You will receive your Zoom link for your off-site critique no later than Sunday, September 18.