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Manuscript Critiques by SCBWI PAL Members

Date(s) - 07/19/2020 - 08/30/2020
4:00 pm




Calling All Picture Book and Chapter Book Writers!


Have Your Manuscript


Critiqued by an SCBWI PAL Member



Eastern PA SCBWI has teamed up with SCBWI PAL* authors to offer manuscript critiques. Pick a manuscript you want reviewed and then select the SCBWI PAL member you think would be the best match to provide feedback . (Author bios provided below).

*PAL members have had at least one book or article published by traditional publishing houses that meet SCBWI’s PAL Publisher Guidelines and are listed on the  PAL Publishers list.


Registration opens May 24, 2020


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

No refunds after June 19th. Refunds requested prior to June 20th are subject to a $10 cancellation fee.


Here are the submission details:


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: PALCrit20_PAL Last Name_Your Last Name 

*Please replace “PAL Last Name” with the name of the PAL member from whom you wish to receive a critique; please replace “Your Last Name” with your last name. (Example, PALCrit20_Tuck_Stigall) 


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Email your submission to Heather Stigall, at by July 19, 2020.


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


You will receive the written critique no later than 8/30/2020.


If you have any questions, please contact Virginia Law Manning at or Heather Pierce Stigall at


PAL Author Bios:



Beth Ferry is the author of numerous picture books, including Stick and Stone, Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish and The Scarecrow. She lives with her family by the beach in New Jersey, where she finds inspiration in the salty air. In addition to writing picture books, Beth has begun writing graphic novels for emerging readers. Beth has three children who are not so little and a not-so-little bulldog who is almost three. You can learn more at




Hallee Adelman is the author of My Quiet Ship (2018), Way Past Mad (2020), Way Past Worried (2020), and two additional Way Past titles set for 2021 release. With a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies, Adelman has taught university and elementary students, having been nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award on multiple occasions. She loves sharing writing tips with educators, children, teens and writers. Adelman has also served various organizations related to children and/or education such as Franklin Institute, Please Touch Museum, and Simon’s Heart. She is married with two children and two dogs.  Random fact: Adelman also produces documentary films and theater projects. 




Katey Howes is former physical therapist who loves math and science and is passionate about social change that empowers girls to see themselves as scientists, leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

Her debut picture book, Grandmother Thorn (ill. Rebecca Hahn) was named a 2018 Anna Dewdney Read Together Honor Book by the Children’s Book Council.

Katey is also the author of Magnolia Mudd And The Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe, (ill. Valerio Fabbretti) and Be A Maker, (ill. Elizabet Vuković.) Be A Maker quickly became a popular book in classroom and library makerspaces and was named the #1 Makerspace Read Aloud of 2019 by Teach Outside the Box.  

Coming up in 2021: Rissy No Kissies features a love bird who doesn’t like kisses – but shows her affection in different ways. It provides context for conversations about bodily autonomy and consent with language and situations young children can understand. Woven of the World explores weaving as a global art form and reinforces the idea that each person is a rich tapestry, woven of many cultures and traditions.

When not writing for children, Katey contributes to websites such as All the Wonders, Nerdy Bookclub, KidLit411, STEAM-powered Family, and Imagination Soup. She has presented at NCTE and several nErDcamps and taught picture book writing and revision at the SCBWI NJ Fall Craft Weekend. You can hear Katey interviewed on podcasts such as Reading With Your Kids, Lu and Bean Read, and The Children’s Book Podcast.

Katey lives in Bucks County with her husband, three daughters, and a pup named Samwise Gamgee. She and her family enjoy making everything from cupcakes to castles to catapults, exploring their wooded property, and traveling to new and exciting places.



Marie Lamba ( is author of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head and Drawn, and of the picture books Green, Green: A Community Gardening Story (Farrar Straus Giroux) and A Day So Gray (Clarion)Her work appears in more than 100 publications including national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, Garden Design and RWR.  She has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, a book publicist, and has taught classes on novel writing and on author promotion. 

As a Literary Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, Marie represents fiction and non-fiction for children and for adults. Overall, books that are original, moving and/or hilarious are especially welcome. In non-fiction, she’s especially looking for works that are inspiring and hopeful. For more info and submission guidelines, please visit



Nadine Poper is an elementary librarian for the Reading School District. She loves how fortunate she is to be surrounded all day by books and children to share them with.

She is the author of PORCUPETTE AND MOPPET a picture book about a bibliophile young porcupine and a bumbling predator, the fisher cat. Her other picture book RANDALL AND RANDALL is about the symbiotic relationship between the pistol shrimp,  a master at excavation, and  the goby fish, a skittish, yet happy-go-lucky watchman.  Both books are published by Blue Whale Press.

She is a mom to 3 boys and 2 dachshunds but no porcupines or shrimp.  When not writing, Nadine loves to travel to dog and dachshund events with her husband to promote her self-published dachshund books where the proceeds support Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue.  She also enjoys gardening in her Blandon, PA backyard, and of course reading children’s literature. 



Jennifer’s been painting since the day her dad bought her a professional painter’s box at the age of 10. She went on to enjoy her Philadelphia design firm for many years, but after having 3 kids and reading mountains of children’s books, she couldn’t resist making up stories and pictures for her own. Jennifer’s first picture book, Just One More, went on to become a Dolly Parton Imagination Library selection 3 years in a row. Other books include, Claudia & Moth, How to Trick the Tooth Fairy and Just For Me. Jennifer lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania(which is really a very old town), where she writes, illustrates and paints.




Pamela M. Tuck is an award-winning author and mother of 11 children. She has been writing poems and stories since she was a child growing up in Greenville, North Carolina. She is the author of Mother of Many, As Fast As Words Could Fly, the 2007 Lee & Low Books New Voices Award winner, Color Struck and The Adventure of Sheldon, the Mushroom. Pamela credits her writing to her upbringing surrounded by southern storytellers. Her family inspires many of her stories. Although Pamela grew up as an only child, she enjoys the excitement of having a large family.



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