Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Consultations for Storytime, a Picture Book Intensive

We are offering one-on-one manuscript consultations with all our faculty. These are first come, first served based on your registration date. The $50. cost is nonrefundable. Sign up when you register and choose your consultant by April 3rd. Read the Faculty bios here. If you have never had a consultation before, you might consider choosing the author.


Keep in mind most modern picture books are under 750 words.

Send one copy of your picture book in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, 12-point type, 1 to 1 1/4 inch margins, pages titled and numbered–see Standard-Manuscript-Format.docx or Standard-Manuscript-Format.pdf for more details). Do not fold or staple; paper clips are fine. Each manuscript first page needs your name, address, phone number and email. Mail flat in a 9 x 12 or 10 x 13 inch envelope. Do not send by registered mail.

If you do not follow instructions, you WILL be disqualified and will forfeit your consultation fee.


PB Manuscript for Storytime

SCBWI Oregon

PO Box 16760

Portland, OR 97292-0760

Manuscripts MUST be received by April 5th. If you do not meet the deadline to mail in your manuscript, you will have lost your $50. We do NOT accept email submissions.


We cannot guarantee you a written critique, although we have asked our faculty to do so and have given them SCBWI’s gold form as a suggested method.

Individual manuscript consultations will be held during workshop sessions. Each consultation is 14 minutes, no more. We allow 1 minute for passing time. Appointments are often booked back to back, so please arrive early and depart promptly and graciously when your time is up. Missed appointments cannot be made up, nor can fees be refunded.

Be prepared to answer questions critiquers commonly ask:
Who is your audience? What makes your book/story unique? What else are you working on?

Please remember that a consultation is not a pitching session—it’s an opportunity to get a professional’s feedback and suggestions on how to improve and/or market your work. Editor/Agents may request you to send your project after the intensive. (However, it’s wise to resist the temptation to count on that happening.)


Attendees may submit material after Storytime, according to the information provided on the submissions information sheet in your packet and any other instructions received during sessions. When you submit, refer to your attendance at the intensive, and to your consultation, if applicable, and mention why you think your work might be of interest. Do not call the editor/agent unless invited to do so.


Contact Laura Byrd, Co-RA, at

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