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Children's Book Writers
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Each full-time conference attendee may sign up for one (1) individual 15-minute Portfolio or Manuscript Consultation for an additional fee of €45 (SCBWI members) or €60 (non-members). Select the Portfolio or Manuscript Consultation with the faculty you wish to have when registering. Space is limited and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Consultations must be paid for at the same time as booking the conference.

List of what each faculty member is open to receiving for consulations*:

  • Stephanie Amster: portfolio; PB dummy
  • Gemma Cooper: MG; YA
  • Natalie Doherty: MG; YA
  • Penny Holroyde: PB ms; PB dummy: portfolio; MG; YA
  • Kendra Levin: PB; MG; YA
  • Laurent Linn: portfolio

Your assigned time will be in the registration packet that you receive on Saturday, May 13. 

*PB = Picture Book; ms = manuscript; MG = Middle Grade; YA = Young Adult





Please be sure to read the following very carefully before submitting your manuscript. If you are unsure about anything for the manuscript consultation, please mail us with any questions.

1. You must register for the conference before you submit your manuscript.  

2. All manuscripts must be sent by email to our email address.

3. Your manuscript must ARRIVE in the mailbox ON or BEFORE Friday, March 31, 2017. Manuscripts received after March 31 cannot be accepted. 

4. Format ALL manuscripts in a 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, double spaced, 1 inch margins all around. More formatting questions? Read From Keyboard to Printed Page.

5. ALL submissions must include a title page with your contact information in the upper left hand corner as well as the genre of your manuscript (YA, MG, Chapter Book, PB or NF. Please note it must be only one genre, e.g. there is no MG/YA genre, it is either MG or YA).
* If you are represented by an agent, please note that on the title page as well. 
* The title page does NOT count as one of your ten pages.

6. The name on your manuscript must match the name you registered under even if you write under a pseudonym.

7. For Picture Books: Submit ONE picture book manuscript. No synopsis is needed.

8. For Picture Book Dummies: submit ONE dummy in digitalized format. You may bring a physical dummy to the consultation.

9. For Middle Grade, Young Adult, Nonfiction and Chapter books: Submit only the first TEN (10) pages, even if it cuts off mid-chapter. If you would like to include a synopsis (max. 250 words), you may do so on the cover page. The synopsis will not be critiqued, it is just there to give an overview of your manuscript.




Please be sure to read the following very carefully before submitting your portfolio. If you are unsure about anything for the portfolio consultation, please mail us with any questions.

1. You must register for the conference before you submit your portfolio.  

2. All portfolio images must be sent by email to our email address.

3. Your portfolio must ARRIVE in the email inbox ON or BEFORE Friday, March 31, 2017. Portfolios received after March 31 cannot be accepted. 

4. The digital portfolio submitted for critique should contain no more than 10 representational pieces of your best artwork.

5. Please keep the FILE SIZE manageable.

7. You may bring either a printed or digital version of your portfolio with you to the consultation.

8. For SCBWI members: you may also find the information on page 17 of THE BOOK useful. Download for free at the SCBWI website here.




We will be holding an optional peer critique café in central Brussels on Monday, May 15, from 10:00 – 12:30. This is a great chance to get feedback on your work, while providing feedback to others, all in a pleasant café setting.  After the critiques, there will be an optional (at your own expense) lunch at the caféEvents like this are excellent opportunities for finding ongoing critique partners, so if your schedule permits, we encourage you to attend. 

If you are interested in participating, let us know by ticking the appropriate box on the registration form. You will be contacted via email and assigned to a group depending on the age you are writing for (i.e., Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult). Note that depending on the participants, you might be in a group that crosses age ranges: for example, Picture Book/Middle Grade, or Middle Grade/Young Adult. 

By participating in this opportunity, you are agreeing to provide feedback on the manuscripts you receive in exchange for receiving feedback on the manuscript you share with the others in your group.

Each group of participants will be introduced via email and advised of the deadline by which to exchange manuscripts.You can choose to exchange comments during the brunch on Monday, or you may want to exchange comments before you meet. It is entirely up to your group to coordinate among yourselves how to organize the exchange. Whether or not you plan to exchange comments prior to the critique meet-up, you should allow at least 10 minutes during the meeting to focus on each manuscript.  If you do not provide written comments prior to the event, please provide them at or after the meeting.