New England SCBWI 2015 Think Outside the Crayon Box!

Springfield, Massachusetts
Friday, April 24, 2015

New England SCBWI 2015 

Think Outside the Crayon Box!

artwork by Laura Jacques

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Agent Quick Query Critiques

Have you been trying to catch an agent's eye?

Join us for the Agent Quick Queries event on Friday, April 24, between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Get written feedback and a 10-minute critique of your Agent Query Letter for your COMPLETED Middle Grade or Young Adult NOVEL (no non-fiction or picture books, please). These sessions are designed to be educational, face-to-face, and best of all, one-on-one. 

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Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques
mandatory Critique Application Form

Manuscript and portfolio critiques will take place Friday, April 24, between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm, and Saturday, April 25, during workshop sessions. Each critique lasts 15 minutes.

In order to register for a critique you must be a conference attendee. You must register through the online registration form for the conference
before submitting materials for a potential critique slot.

You are NOT required to register for both Friday and Saturday of the conference in order to receive a critique; however, you MUST register for at least Saturday. Critiques will be scheduled on both days.

Due to the complexity of the critique scheduling process, please note the following:

  • Attendees who register just for Friday will NOT be eligible for a critique.
  • Attendees who register just for Saturday (or just for Saturday/Sunday) will ONLY be eligible for a SATURDAY critique slot. 
  • Attendees who register for BOTH Friday and Saturday, or for the ENTIRE conference, will be eligible for either a Friday OR Saturday critique slot, thus increasing their chances of actually obtaining a critique.

Since critique slots are limited, your submission does not guarantee a critique. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the availability and interests of the critique faculty.

Although we try our best to match submissions to critiquers, there is no guarantee that the highly qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable industry professional providing feedback on your submission will also be looking to represent or acquire books in your format or genre.

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Portfolio Showcase
mandatory Portfolio Showcase Release Form

FULL, Waitlist Only

The New England SCBWI is thrilled to once again present The Portfolio Showcase for Illustrators. This year the professional art directors will judge the Portfolio Showcase, with prizes awarded to one winner and two runners-up. In addition, Rich Michelson will choose an artist for the R. Michelson Gallery prize, which is inclusion in the annual Children's Book Illustration show in November.

On Friday night, April 24, from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm the Portfolio Showcase will be open for our specially invited art directors, editors, and agents from children’s publishing. Then from 9:05 pm to 10:00 pm the Portfolio Showcase will be open to all attendees during the Agent/Editor/AD Meet and Greet.

Please note: You must register for BOTH Friday and Saturday of the conference in order to participate in the Portfolio Showcase

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Illustration Challenge


In keeping with our theme, Think Outside the Crayon Box! get your creative juices working and enter the Illustration Challenge. Your artwork will be displayed in the hallway all day Saturday for everyone to see. This is a great portfolio building exercise and a wonderful promotional opportunity.

The Challenge:
We would like you to illustrate this single line of text for a double-page spread of a picture book:
“Don’t worry–I fixed it.”
Interpret in any way you like. Think outside the crayon box!

Click on the link above for more details! 

Note: Illustration Challenge participants are encouraged to attend Saturday afternoon workshop "First Look: Illustration Challenge Critiqued" (G3).



Contact Information

  • Conference Co-Directors: 
    Natasha Sass
    Heather Kelly
    and Marilyn Salerno

    Registrars: Shirley Pearson & Sandy Budiansky
    Volunteer Coordinator: Hayley Barrett

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    Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place
    (413) 781-1010
    One Monarch Place
    Springfield, Massachusetts 01144
    (Rooms at $117.00 USD per night)

    In addition to this conference hotel, for your convenience we have also reserved space at the Springfield Marriott, directly across the street from the Sheraton. Rooms are available at the Marriott for $135.00 USD per night. 
    Please call (800) 228-9290 and ask to make a reservation in the Springfield Marriott SCBWI New England Regional Conference Room Block.

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Payment Instructions

  • If you have chosen to pay by check, please send your payment, along with your confirmation number or a copy of your registration invoice to:
        SCBWI New England
        c/o Marilyn Salerno

        30 Midfield Drive
        Rockland, MA 02370
    Remember that registration and payment for Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques happens offline.

    Conference cancellations before February 24, 2015 will be refunded in full.
    After February 24, 2015, refunds will only be given when proof is given to support military service or a death in the family.
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