Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Pocono Remix 2023: Critiques & Other Feedback Sessions


Faculty Critiques (Additional Cost with Registration*)
Get professional feedback on your WIP (work in progress) in these 10-minute meetings. Faculty members will be available to critique illustration portfolios, PB dummies, and PB/MG/YA submissions.
*A registration link and password will be included in your registration confirmation from the Highlights Foundation.
All FACULTY critique submissions due by midnight (EST) Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Critiques to be returned on or about Sunday, April 23, 2023. Please review this feedback prior to your in-person critique session at the retreat.

Peer Critique-a-Thon (Free with registration)

This is a peer-to-peer critique session where you will receive feedback on your manuscript and offer others feedback on theirs. If you choose to participate in this option, please follow the submission instructions below. After you submit your manuscript, you will receive an email from Heather with further instructions.

Deadline: Send your manuscript to Heather,, by midnight Sunday, 4/16/23. Please put “CAT submission” in the subject line of your email

For Picture Book/Board Book (PB/BB): Please send entire manuscript and a 1-2 sentence pitch (in the same document)

For Chapter Book/Early Reader/Middle Grade/Young Adult:(CB/ER/MG/YA): Please send up to 5 pages of your manuscript and a one-paragraph synopsis (in the same document)

Format: 12-point, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins; on the first page, include your name, email, and category/genre; on subsequent pages, include page numbers and last name; save as a Word doc or PDF as follows: PocCAT23_CATEGORY_YourLastName_TITLE OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT. For example, if Heather Stigall was sending a picture book, she would save her document as follows: PocCAT23_PB_Stigall_THREE LITTLE WIGS

Illustrator Portfolio Peer-to-Peer Critique Session  (Free with registration)  

This is a peer-to-peer critique session where you can get feedback on your portfolio and offer others feedback on theirs.

Deadline: Deadline TBD



Other Feedback Sessions

Roundtables (*Limited Pitch & AD assignment spaces=additional Cost with Registration; FREE to come listen in & learn from the feedback)
*A registration link and password will be included in your registration confirmation from the Highlights Foundation.
Authors & Translators: In these practice pitch sessions, a maximum of six participants per table will have ten minutes to present their pitch to the agent or editor and receive feedback on the pitch and ask questions. We recommend that you keep your pitch to 3 to 5 minutes to allow time for feedback and questions from the agent or editor. 
Illustrators: In this session, a maximum of six participants will receive feedback on their art director assignment.

Art Director Assignment: Create a character and show them in a setting that tells a story about the character. When the viewer sees the piece, we need to be able to say a few things about the character’s personalities or their environments.


Mock Pile (Free with Registration) 

Deadline: TBA

We regret we may not be able to use all submissions due to time constraints but we will try to accommodate a variety of genres. 

Authors & Translators: Agents and editor will walk their small group through their personal “slush pile” process, reviewing anonymous query samples from participants. Submissions should include all of the following:
  1. a one-page query letter (max 250 words)
  2. the first 250 words of your manuscript
  3. a one-page synopsis (max 250 words)
Please, note that all three portions of the query sample may not be read, depending on the faculty member’s personal query review style and material preference.
Illustrators: Agents and art director will provide feedback on anonymous illustrator postcard submissions from participants.