Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Eight & Under Manuscript Critiques (by invitation only)

Date(s) - 10/04/2020 - 11/07/2020
4:00 pm




Thank you participating in the EPA SCBWI 

Eight & Under Program!


You now have the opportunity to register for a

written manuscript critique by an 

Eight & Under Faculty Member



REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot but the deadline to submit your manuscript is September 30th. 


Because you participated in the Eastern PA SCBWI Eight & Under program, you now have the opportunity to register for a manuscript critique with either: Associate Editor Cheryl Eissing, Philomel; Agent Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency; or Christopher Brown, Curator CLRC, Free Library of Philadelphia. Each invited participant may only register for one critique with one faculty member.  Spots are very limited. Please register as soon as possible to secure a spot.


Choose a manuscript you want reviewed and then select which faculty member you think would be the best match to provide feedback . (Faculty bios provided below).


Manuscript Critiques:  $45 SCBWI Members;    $55 Non-Members

No refunds after September 20th. Refunds requested prior to September 20th are subject to a $10 cancellation fee.


Please follow the submission guidelines CAREFULLY!


FOR PICTURE BOOKS:  Send one entire picture book manuscript, plus a one or two sentence pitch. (Include pitch in same document.)  


FOR CHAPTER BOOKS:  Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one or two sentence pitch. (Include pitch in same document.)


FORMAT:  12pt font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, page numbers, and use .doc or .docx format. Include your name, email, and the genre on the first page of the submission, followed by your one or two sentence pitch.


SAVE YOUR FILE* as: EightUnder20_Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name 

*Please replace “Faculty Last Name” with the name of the faculty member from whom you wish to receive a critique; please replace “Your Last Name” with your last name. (Example, EightUnder20_Brown_Stigall) 


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Email your submission to Heather Stigall, at by 11:59 PM September 30, 2020. Remember to follow all submission guidelines CAREFULLY!


Upon sending, writers will receive a confirmation (if you do not receive confirmation, contact Heather.


You will receive the written critique no later than 11/07/2020.


If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Virginia Law Manning at 

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact Heather Pierce Stigall at


Faculty Author Bios:



Christopher A. Brown is the curator for the Children’s Literature Research Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia. He has worked in public, academic, and special libraries, and has logged thousands of hours reading to children. Brown served on ALSC‘s 2013-2015 Children’s Literature Legacy Award (formerly the Wilder Medal) and the 2018-2020 Notable Children’s Book committee. In his spare time, Brown reviews Children and Teen materials for Kirkus.





Cheryl Eissing, associate editor at Philomel Books, holds a BA in English from Rutgers University. She edits picture books, middle grade, and young adult, and is specifically interested in stories that expose their readers to experiences and perspectives that the children’s book world hasn’t seen before. Cheryl is the editor of the Pages & Co. series by Anna James, The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo (written by Elaine Bickell and illustrated by Raymond McGrath), and a number of upcoming picture books, including Love Is Here by Mike Malbrough and P.S. Wildwood Elementary Stinks! (written by Becky Scharnhorst and illustrated by Julia Patton). Cheryl is always looking for fresh YA fiction, whether it be contemporary, thriller, romance, horror, or fantasy; silly yet profound picture books; and above all, stories that entertain, educate, and inspire. Cheryl considers fiction and nonfiction picture books and chapter books.




Rachel Orr is celebrating her thirteenth year at Prospect Agency, where she represents both authors and illustrators in projects ranging from picture books through YA. She previously worked for eight rewarding years at HarperCollins Children’s Books and uses those editorial skills to help prepare her clients’ work for submission. Her clients include Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Purrmaids/Penguin Random House), David Bucs (Sleepover at the Museum/Crown), Barbara DiLorenzo (Renato and the Lion/Viking), Cori Doerrfeld (The Rabbit Listened/Dial), Leeza Hernandez (Mia Mayhem/S&S) and Emma Wunsch (Miranda and Maude/Abrams). Rachel lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband and two children. She has no spare time, but, if she did, she would spend it dancing, running and reading, of course.