Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators






Post-event manuscript uploading Instructions will be provided to registered attendees via Virtual Folder.

All manuscripts: 10 Pages total maximum.  Digital formatting requirements for your single Word document is as follows:

—Please format as a Word Document.

—8.5 by 11 inches, 1-inch margins, 12-point standard font, double spaced.

—Your name, e-mail, ms title, format (picture book, middle grade, YA, graphic novel, etc.) AND genre (romance, mystery, biography, etc.) must be at the top of the first page.

—No title page is necessary; text may start immediately after the identifying information.

—No introduction letter.

—Name your file with the naming convention LAST_first

—All submissions are to be uploaded to SCBWI-IL Dropbox between Sunday, October 3rd – Friday, October 15 at 11:59 PM—no exceptions.

—PLEASE SEND YOUR DIGITAL SUBMISSION IN EARLY if you are unfamiliar with Dropbox.

Formats for Critique: If your work-in-progress format is a…

—PICTURE BOOK: ONE picture book manuscript only, please.  Your file may include up to (10) pages maximum.

—NOVEL: FIRST (10) pages of the ms (even if this cuts off mid-chapter); your one-page, optional synopsis must be double-spaced and contained within your 10 pages total.

—POETRY: Includes rhyming picture books, novels in verse, and stand-alone poetry collections. Poetry submissions should conform to the picture book and novel guidelines above and are allowed up to (10) pages; however, poems may be single-spaced with a double space between stanzas, per industry standards. Stand-alone collections (i.e., a group of poems intended to be published as one book) must have a page break at the end of each poem.

—GRAPHIC NOVEL: Your submission should include a one-page synopsis (which may be single-spaced) plus up to (09) pages of finished art, standard script pages or a consecutive combination thereof.


 QUESTIONS: Email Jennifer Wagh, Co-RA