SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Guidelines

Guidelines for Log Lines and First Pages:

 

Guidelines for Log Lines (up to (3) permitted):
Each attendee will prepare log lines for up to (3) works-in-progress. Log lines are 1 to 2 sentence pitches for your work-in-progress.

 

Guidelines for First Pages (up to (3) permitted):
All works-in-progress: 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 BRING 10 COPIES OF YOUR FIRST PAGES TO THE EVENT.  There are no copiers at the Barbara Belding Lodge.

Poetry: this includes rhyming picture books, novels in verse, and stand-alone poetry collections. Poetry submissions should conform to the PB and novel 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.). 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.

 

First Pages and Log Line Emailing Instructions:

You MUST pre-submit your log lines and first pages so that we can seat you with the industry professional best suited to give you feedback on your format and genre.  If you DO NOT pre-submit, you will be seated where there is room to accommodate you.

–Within 24hrs. after registering, email Jennifer Wagh with ST First Pages in the subject line

–In the body of the email, include your name, phone number and log line(s). Indicate the format (PB/MG/YA/ Chapter Book, etc.) and genre (fantasy, mystery, romance, etc.) of each log line.

–If you will be bringing a dummy to share with the colleagues at your table, please indicate “Dummy to share” after that log line.

–Attach the first page(s) that correspond to your log line(s) as Word document(s).

You will receive a confirmation e-mail.

 

Guidelines for Manuscripts for optional Written Manuscript Critiques ($40)
All manuscripts: 10 Pages total maximum

–12 point font (standard font, such as Times New Roman, Arial)

–1 inch margins

–Double spaced (for poetry, see below)

–Your name, e-mail, title, format (picture book, middle grade, YA, etc.), genre (romance, mystery, biography etc.) must be at the top of the first page. (no title page is necessary and text may start immediately after the identifying information).

–No introduction letter or illustrations, please. These will be removed.

 

If your book format is a…

Picture Book: Submit ONE picture book manuscript, 10-pages maximum.

Novel: Submit the first 10 pages of the ms (even if this cuts off mid chapter); your optional synopsis may be single-spaced AND it must be contained within the maximum ten pages.

Poetry: this includes rhyming picture books, novels in verse, and stand-alone poetry collections. Poetry submissions should conform to the PB and novel 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.).  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.

 

Manuscript Mailing Instructions:

Address: Jennifer Wagh, 19 Plum Court, Sleepy Hollow, IL 60118-2613

Manuscripts for Written Critique MUST BE mailed within 24 hours of registration.

Regular mail ONLY. DO NOT use an overnight service or one that requires a signature or special pick up.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail when the manuscript arrives.

There are NO REFUNDS of critique fees; that includes manuscripts that arrive late, or do not conform to the guidelines. Late manuscripts will not be critiqued.