SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

GUIDELINES 2020

 

MANUSCRIPT EXTRA GUIDELINES

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines for Contest and both 1:1 Zoom and Written Critiques: One MS per critique please

Digital formatting requirements for your single Word document or PDF file are as follows:

If your file DOES NOT INCLUDE images, please format it as a Word document.

If your file INCLUDES IMAGES, please format it as a PDF file no larger than 20MG; image format must conform to 8.5 x 11 inches.

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.

All submissions are to be uploaded into a Dropbox link (below) by Tuesday, September 29 at 11:59PM—no exceptions.  PLEASE SEND YOUR DIGITAL SUBMISSION IN EARLY if you are unfamiliar with Dropbox.

 

Formats for Critique: Your digital submission should include…

Picture Book: ONE picture book manuscript only, please. Your file may include up to (10) pages maximum from ONE manuscript OR ONE PDF dummy. See Dummy Guidelines below.

Novels: FIRST (10) pages of the ms (even if this cuts off mid chapter); your optional synopsis may be single-spaced but must be contained within your 10 pages total. If your FIRST (10) pages of the ms includes your illustrations (suitable for novels), they may also be included within your (10) pages. Please keep your image file to 20Mb or less.

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 Novels:Your submission should include a one-page synopsis (which may be single-spaced) plus up to (10) pages of finished art, standard script pages or a consecutive combination thereof.

Name your FILE using the following format: II_2020_MS_Critique_FirstName_LastName
UPLOAD MS For Critique HERE 

 

For Contest: Your digital submission should include…

5-page maximum for ALL FORMATS describes above.

Critique Guidelines for picture book, novels, poetry and graphic novels apply. For graphic novels, the member may submit a synopsis and any (4) consecutive pages, which may be script, finished art, or a combination thereof.

All submissions are to be uploaded into a Dropbox link (below) by Tuesday, September 29 at 11:59PM—no exceptions.  PLEASE SEND YOUR DIGITAL SUBMISSION IN EARLY if you are unfamiliar with Dropbox

Upload your entry to the MS Contest Dropbox no later than the deadline Tuesday, September 29

 Dropbox link for Manuscript Contest: DROPBOX CONTEST (please make sure that the links are the NEW ones)

Name your DOC using the following format:II_2020_MS_Contest_FirstName_LastName
UPLOAD MS For Contest HERE

Questions about SCBWI-Illinois Interactive Manuscript Extras?:
Email Rachel Ruiz

 

GUIDELINES FOR PEER GROUP CRITIQUE SESSIONS
Manuscript Guidelines for Peer Group Critique Session:
1 page total maximum

12 point font (standard font, such as Times New Roman, Arial)
1 inch margins
Double spaced (for poetry, see below)
YOU MUST UPLOAD YOUR FIRST PAGE BY DEADLINE: Sunday, October 11 at 11:59PM—no exceptions.

POETRY: this includes rhyming picture books, novels in verse, and stand-alone poetry collections. Poetry submissions should conform to the  guidelines above; however, they may be single spaced with a double space between stanzas, per industry standards. Feel free to format your poetry to allow for a standard of approximately 250 words (e.g. putting verses into multiple columns, etc.).
GRAPHIC NOVEL: One standard script page (no illustrations)
PICTURE BOOK with Cozbi Cabrera: Author-Illustrators may include an image as 2400 x 3600 pixels.

Name your FILE using the following format: LAST_First_PeerCritique
UPLOAD Page for Peer Critique Groups HERE 


Questions about SCBWI-Illinois Interactive Peer Group Critique Sessions?:
Email Deb Aronson

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR LIVE & INTERACTIVE SESSIONS: Firsts/Voice and Pitches

Guidelines for Pitches (one permitted):

Each attendee will prepare a log line for one work-in-progress. Log lines are 1 to 2 sentence pitches for your work-in-progress. Each attendee with have up to 2 minutes to pitch and get a 2-minute response from industry professional.
All submissions are to be uploaded into a Dropbox link (below) by Sunday, October 11 at 11:59PM—no exceptions.  PLEASE SEND YOUR DIGITAL SUBMISSION IN EARLY if you are unfamiliar with Dropbox

Name your FILE using the following format: LAST_First_Pitch
UPLOAD Pitches HERE


Guidelines for First Pages:
1 page total maximum

12 point font (standard font, such as Times New Roman, Arial)
1 inch margins
Double spaced (for poetry, see below)
YOU MUST UPLOAD YOUR FIRST PAGES BY DEADLINE.  All submissions are to be uploaded into a Dropbox link (below) by Tuesday, September 29 at 11:59PM—no exceptions.  PLEASE SEND YOUR DIGITAL SUBMISSION IN EARLY if you are unfamiliar with Dropbox
POETRY: this includes rhyming picture books, novels in verse, and stand-alone poetry collections. Poetry submissions should conform to the guidelines above; however, they may be single spaced with a double space between stanzas, per industry standards. Feel free to format your poetry to allow for a standard of approximately 250 words (e.g. putting verses into multiple columns, etc.).
GRAPHIC NOVEL: One standard script page (no illustrations)

Name your FILE using the following format: LAST_First_FirstPage
UPLOAD First Pages HERE


Guidelines for Voice Session:
1 page total maximum.
Similar to a first pages critique but with a focus on voice.  Page may be from any point in the ms.

12 point font (standard font, such as Times New Roman, Arial)
1 inch margins
Double spaced (for poetry, see below)
YOU MUST UPLOAD YOUR FIRST PAGES BY DEADLINE.  All submissions are to be uploaded into a Dropbox link (below) by Sunday, October 11 at 11:59PM—no exceptions. —no exceptions.  PLEASE SEND YOUR DIGITAL SUBMISSION IN EARLY if you are unfamiliar with Dropbox
POETRY: this includes rhyming picture books, novels in verse, and stand-alone poetry collections. Poetry submissions should conform to the guidelines above; however, they may be single spaced with a double space between stanzas, per industry standards. Feel free to format your poetry to allow for a standard of approximately 250 words (e.g. putting verses into multiple columns, etc.).
GRAPHIC NOVEL: One standard script page (no illustrations)

Name your FILE using the following format: LAST_First_Voice
UPLOAD Voice Pages HERE


Questions about SCBWI-Illinois Interactive Guidelines for Firsts & Voice Sessions?:
Email Deb Aronson


Guidelines for First Look:
1 page total maximum.

 All submissions are to be uploaded into a Dropbox link (below) by Sunday, October 11 at 11:59PM—no exceptions.  PLEASE SEND YOUR DIGITAL SUBMISSION IN EARLY if you are unfamiliar with Dropbox
Send image as 2400 x 3600 pixels. Jpeg

Name you FILE using the following format: LAST_First_First look
UPLOAD First Look HERE 


Questions about SCBWI-Illinois Interactive First Look Guidelines?:
Email Cedric Gliane


ILLUSTRATOR EXTRA GUIDELINES

All submissions for Portfolio Review are to be uploaded into a Dropbox link (below) by Tuesday, September 29 at 11:59PM—no exceptions.  PLEASE SEND YOUR DIGITAL SUBMISSION IN EARLY if you are unfamiliar with Dropbox

Portfolio Guidelines for Written Review and Online Showcase
Your portfolio must follow the guidelines below and be received by the deadline to receive a review.

20 pieces maximum. Each piece must not exceed 3,600 pixels in height or width. All pieces must be contained in a PDF not to exceed 12 inches in height (or width) or 20Mb in filesize.

Name your FILE using the following format: LAST_First_Review
UPLOAD Portfolio for Review HERE

All submissions for Portfolio Showcase are to be uploaded into a Dropbox link (below) by Sunday, October 11 at 11:59PM—no exceptions.

Name your FILE using the following format: LAST_First_Showcase
UPLOAD Portfolio for Showcase HERE

 

Dummy Guidelines for 1:1 Zoom Critique

All submissions for Dummy Critique are to be uploaded into a Dropbox link (below) by Tuesday, September 29 at 11:59PM—no exceptions. 

40 pages maximum. All pages must be contained in a PDF not to exceed 12 inches in height (or width) or 20MB in file size.

Name your FILE using the following format: LAST_First_Dummy
UPLOAD Dummy For Critique HERE 

 

Illustration Contest

Member illustrators who are registered for the conference and signed up for the art contest, are eligible to enter one piece of art based on the prompt: The future is always just ahead of you.

Create, scan and adjust your piece so it fits into a 3,600 x 3,600 pixel format.
Upload your entry to the
Art Contest dropbox no later than Tuesday, September 29

Name your JPG using the following format:II_2020_Art_Contest_First_Last.jpg.
UPLOAD Art for Illustration Contest HERE

 

Questions about SCBWI-Illinois Interactive Illustrator Extra Guidelines?: email Cedric Gliane