SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Annual Fall Conference: Children's Publishing in 2015

Sterling, Virginia
Friday, October 23, 2015

SCBWI members registered for the conference may sign up for ONE (1) individual fifteen-minute consultation for an additional fee of $45. To reserve a consultation slot, you must register online AND send in your manuscript pages. No slots will be reserved until both steps are completed. Select either Manuscript OR Portfolio/Picture Book Dummy Consultation when registering. 

While we can guarantee a professional reviewer, we cannot guarantee a consultation with an editor, agent, or art director.



Requests that do not follow these guidelines will not be honored. If you are unsure about anything, please contact Laurie Miller or Jess Stork with any questions. 


 For Manuscript Consultations: Following the guidelines listed below, mail your manuscript to the consultation coordinator with a postmark date on or before September 16, 2015.  MANUSCRIPTS SENT AFTER THE POSTMARK DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 


 For Portfolio/Dummy consultations: Bring your artwork with you to your consultation. Do not send any artwork to the consultation coordinator (not even Xerox copies). We cannot be responsible for materials lost in the mail. If you are an author/illustrator with a Picture Book Dummy and you would like feedback on both your text and artwork, you may send in your Picture Book text only in proper manuscript format.  (Please follow the guidelines below and be sure to select Picture Book DUMMY when registering.)




 1. ALL manuscripts should be double spaced and written in 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font. Margins should be 1' or 1.25'. Please adhere to the standard publishing guidelines outlined in “From the Keyboard to the Printed Page” on the SCBWI website:


 2. ALL submissions must include your contact information (name, address, phone number, email) as well as the genre of your manuscript (YA, MG, PB, Chapter Book, NF) on the first page. If you are represented by an agent, please note that as well.


 3.  For Picture Books (PB), submit the complete text of ONE PB. No synopsis is needed.


 4. For Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA), Book-length Non-Fiction (NF) and Chapter books: Submit only the first TEN (10) pages, even if it cuts off mid-chapter, plus a ONE-page, single-spaced synopsis.


 5. For Poetry Submissions, you may submit up to ten pages of poetry.


 6. Enclose proof of registration with your manuscript. This may be either a printout of your registration confirmation page (from RegOnline) or a copy of your registration confirmation email.  Send your manuscript and proof of registration to:


Laurie Miller
3117 Patrick Henry Drive, #425
Falls Church, VA  22044


The consultation committee will notify all participants via email of their consultation time and reviewer. If you have any questions, please contact the consultation co-chairs, Laurie Miller and Jess Stork


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Payment Instructions

  • Payment Instructions

    This year all conference fees will be paid through PayPal.  Please include all applicable charges – conference tuition, optional consultations, and preconference writing intensives—in one payment.  All conference fees are nonrefundable.

    Please contact Ellen Braaf for payment issues. 

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