Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

1-1 Professional Reviews 2020


You may request an editor or an agent on the booking form. Whilst we can’t guarantee you’ll get your request; we will try our darndest.

A limited number of 15-minute slots are available. We must follow a strict timetable to process all the manuscripts. It is VERY IMPORTANT that the deadline below is observed.


1. Sign up for your 1-1 Review on the booking formBookings will close on the 12th September.
2. Prepare your manuscripts for submission. Follow the guidelines outlined below.
3. Email submissions only please! Send your submission so that it is received by 20th September 2019 to Holly at
4. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.
5. Please watch your inbox and the Facebook SCBWI group for any alerts. And check your spam folder!
6. At the conference: your appointed review time and location will be posted at the entry hall to the Stripe Auditorium. Appointments for authors will happen on Saturday only.




Please read all the submission guidelines carefully before submitting.


For the submission itself:

• Picture book writers may send up to two manuscripts – full text, no illustrations please.

• For longer fiction please send a 1-page synopsis and the first 10 pages of your manuscript. We recommend your work finishes at a suitable point (not mid-sentence!) so you may send less but please do not exceed 10 pages as additional pages won’t be sent to our reviewers.

• Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced and in an easy to read font such as Times New Roman in 12 points.

• All manuscripts need to have a cover page with the following information that will be provided to agent/editor:

– Your name
– Story/project title
– The approximate word count of the full manuscript
– Target age range
– Your contact details
– Your agent’s name if you have on
– Please number all subsequent pages and display your name and the story title at the top right.



All the documents you attach and email to us have your name in the file title, preferable your name first and then title of work. (For example, John_Smith_The_Wolfboy.docx) 



A separate sheet in a document attached to the email which includes answers to the following questions. This information is for the conference team and will not be forwarded to agents/editors.

  • Preferences for agent/editors & any specific individuals you would want to see. [NB: This is what we will use to optimise your agent/editor pairing]
  • Genre & type e.g. Dystopian YA; Fantasy MG
  • Anyone they don’t want to see – especially anyone previously submitted to.
  • If they have entered any other events e.g. The Hook or Speed Pitching
  • Any special requirements or adjustments needed to support them in the process.


If your first pick is not possible, we’ll work our hardest to find an editor or agent who fits well with your writing which is why we ask for this separate sheet.


For more information on how to write synopsis, submissions and prepare for your session then please check out:

Tips for creating a great synopsis
How to create a great opening chapter
General tips for improving your manuscript/submission
SCBWI’s own Kate Mallinder on show vs tell (one of the most common feedback points)
Top tips for preparing to for a 1-1
The agent’s perspective


IMPORTANT NOTE: Submitting a manuscript does not guarantee you will receive a review. However, we will endeavour to provide a review to all applicants who send their work by the deadline. Refunds for 1-1s will be given in the event of you paying for, but subsequently not being offered, a review. Refunds for 1-1s cannot be given if you pay for, but subsequently choose not to submit, a manuscript by the deadline. If you pay for a review but find you can no longer attend the conference, refunds can only be given in rare and extenuating circumstances – see the FAQs page for more details.


The 2019 Agents and Editors are: Alice Williams (Alice Williams Literary), Becky Bagnell (Lindsay Literary Agency), Bella Pearson (Guppy Books), Catherine Pellegrino (Catherine Pellegrino & Associates), Clare Wallace (Darley Anderson), Davinia Andrew-Lynch (Andlyn), Emma Lidbury (Walker Books), Frances Taffinder (Walker Books), Gemma Cooper (The Bent Agency), Joanna Moult (Skylark), Joe Marriott (Penguin Random House) and Megan Carroll (Watson Little). 

Please note: unfortunately Emily Lamm (Hatchette) has had to withdraw.

Further questions? Check out our 1-1 FAQs




Calling all you illustrators out there! As you’re busily booking your place at this year’s awesome conference, please take a few moments to read through these notes if you are considering having a portfolio review.

It is your chance to meet an industry professional who will review and feedback and discuss your portfolio, sketchbooks and mock-up picture books. The illustrator 1-1s will be with illustration agents, art-directors, commissioning editors or experienced illustrators. This is a unique opportunity to meet the industry professionals who shape the industry and have their expertise and knowledge that can help you to improve your work and portfolio at whatever stage in your career, whether you are published or pre-published.


1. You may sign up for a pre-paid review of 25 minutes of individual feedback from an appropriate agent, art director, commissioning editor, or an experienced illustrator. booking form.
2. Deadline for booking is 7th October.
3. Please bring to the conference a maximum of two of the following that you would like reviewed:

• A portfolio of up to 15 printed samples of your work
• One book dummy with rough illustrations plus text
• One developed storyboard with thumbnail illustrations plus text up to 5 pages (maximum 50 frames) of a graphic novel or comic book project
• A digital test or storyboard for one ebook or app

4. If in the unlikely event we cannot secure a reviewer for you, we will offer you a refund.
The 25-minute review will cost £30 for SCBWI members


To help us provide you with the most appropriate reviewer for your work, we will contact you once your conference application is confirmed and ask you to provide jpg samples of your submission in addition to a short bio or web link.


The industry professionals attending this year’s conference and opting to provide reviews are…

Strawberrie Donnelly – Art Director at Scholastic
Jude Evans – Art Director at Little Tiger Press
Arabella Stein – Agent at Bright Agency
Bethany Sparks – Agent at Plum Pudding Illustration


For more advice on putting together your portfolio please check out:

• John Shelley’s recent article in Words & Pictures
Portfolio Advice
Surviving your first portfolio review by Jane Heinrichs from Words & Pictures
Why booking a portfolio review is a great idea from Alex Wilson from Words & Pictures
Portfolio intensive feedback by Trish Philips


Got a question not answered here? Hopefully, we’ve covered everything you need to know about 1-1s but if we haven’t, authors please email:

• Authors – Sally or Holly at
• Illustrators – Soni at



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