Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Book Now. SCBWI BI Annual Conference 2016.

 For Authors | For Illustrators


This is a wonderful opportunity to receive 1-1 feedback (as in: one-to-one) from a publishing professional. We have enlisted agents, art directors and commissioning editors to look at your work. This is a chance to impress as well as to experience a professional critique of your craft, whether you are an author or an illustrator. To sign up, look out for the 1-1 entry on the Booking Form.




Author 121. Photo by Candy GourlayWe’ve listened to your feedback and this year we are trialing some changes. For example, you can now request an editor or an agent on the booking 
form –
we can't guarantee you'll get your request, but we will try our darndest! Unfortunately pressure of time and numbers means that we cannot take requests for a named agent or editor. Sorry about that. But hey, more good news: it is also now possible to submit up to two picture book manuscripts!

A limited number of 15 minute slots are available. We follow a strict timetable in order to process all the mss and it is VERY IMPORTANT that the deadline below is observed.

1. Sign up for your 1-1 Review on the booking form.

2. Prepare your manuscripts for submission. Follow the guidelines outlined below. Things to tell us: would you prefer an agent or an editor? Have you already submitted your manuscript to an agent or publishing house … and to whom? 

3. Send your submission so that it is received by 30th September 2016 by post* to:


Liz Miller
16 Violet Road
West Bridgford
Nottingham NG2 5HA

*Please DO NOT email your work or send your submission by recorded mail or any signed for services.


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 in case our notices end up there as well!

5. 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. 



Further questions? Check out our 1-1 FAQs



  • Picture book writers may send up to two manuscripts – full text, no illustrations please.
  • For longer fiction please send up to 4,000 words maximum and a 1 page synopsis.
  • Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced and in an easy to read font such as Times New Roman in 12 points. Please number all pages and put your name and manuscript title at the top right of each page.
  • All manuscripts need to have a cover page with the following information:

Your name
Story/project title
Approximate word count of the full manuscript
Target age range
Your contact details
Your agent's name if you have one

  • Please number all subsequent pages and display your name and the story title at the top right.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Submitting a manuscript does not guarantee that you will receive a review. However, we will endeavour to provide a review to all those who apply and 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.






121 Portfolio Review. Photo by Paul Morton

This is a unique opportunity for illustrators and illustrator-authors to benefit from the expertise of an industry professional in children’s publishing, at whatever stage in your career, whether you are published or pre-published. This will be 25 minutes of individual feedback from an appropriate agent, art director, commissioning editor, or an experienced illustrator. Please follow the steps below to sign up for your review. 


1. Sign up for your 1-1 review on the booking form. There is a discounted rate for SCBWI members.

2. We will contact you once your booking has been confirmed. We may ask you to provide PDF samples of your submission in addition to a short bio or web link. These must be sent to us by 1st November 2016.


3. What you can bring to a review (a maximum of two of the following):


  • > 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 we cannot secure a reviewer for you, we will offer you a refund.

5. At the conference: your appointed review time and location will be posted at the entry hall to the Stripe Auditorium. Appointments will happen throughout Saturday and Sunday.*


*Your meeting will be set for 25 minutes. If the timing slides due to unforeseen circumstances, you will still receive your full 25 minutes.




Book Now. SCBWI BI Annual Conference 2016.



C O N F E R E N C E   S P O N S O R S

Our main sponsors are:

Main Sponsor: Aperture Books

Main Sponsor: Golden Egg

Sponsors: Society of Authors

SCBWI would like to thank the sponsors for their support. SCBWI is a non-profit organization
and does not endorse any products or services provided by external companies.