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MayFest 2021 List of Critique Faculty, Their Critique Preferences and Their Critique Times and Critique Instructions

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/18/2021 - 05/01/2021
4:00 pm


Critique Timeline and Submission Guidelines are at the bottom of the page, after the list of Faculty.

AS OF FEB. 2 ALL CRITIQUE SLOTS ARE FULL

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN CHOOSING THE PERSON YOU WANT FOR YOUR CRITIQUE:

1.)  Be sure they are willing to critique your type of submission. (Ex: You have a YA but they only critique PB-don’t pick that person)

2.) Be certain you are able to attend a 15-minute session during the date and times your choice of critiquer will be available.

We have an amazing MayFest critique faculty of editors, agents, an art director, award winning author/illustrator and an SCBWI executive board member. We can’t’ promise everyone they will be able to select the critique who is their first choice. However, all of the faculty have been highly recommended for their insightful critiques. Additionally, participants will receive submissions guidelines enabling them to submit to the critique faculty, most of whom are closed to un-agented authors/illustrators.

In the past, Regional Team members carefully placed each manuscript with a critique faculty. For the second year in a row, participants are able to select their faculty. Please help us continue to offer this wonderful opportunity by understanding that in accordance to the no refund policy on our website, we are unable to offer a refund to people whose preferred critique faculty times were already taken.

 

All Critique Times are Pacific Time

ALL FACULTY ARE FULL

  Sarah Baker,  Associate Executive Director – Critique Preferences – Portfolios and Dummies and PB – Dates and Times doing critiques Thursday, April 29 from 4:10-4:25 p.m.

  Ellice Lee, Art Director, Philomel Books – Critique Preferences – Art for the following: Board Book, All Types of PB, Chapter Book, MG, YA, NF, Graphic Novel, Novel in Verse, Portfolio and Book Dummy – Dates and Times doing critiques – Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29  from 3-5:42 PST

 

  Brian Lies, Author /Illustrator – Critique Preferences – Board Book, PB, PB Bio, Rhyming PB, Non-fiction, Graphic Novel, Portfolio, dummy, poetry – Dates and Times doing critiques – Thursday, April 29 from 3-5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 from  Noon-2:06 p.m.

NEW AGENT JUST ADDED JAN. 28

  Paige Terlip, Associate Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency – Critique Preferences – All PB, Graphic Novel, Author-Illustrators, MG and YA – Dates and Times doing critiques –  Tuesday, April 27, Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29 from 3-4:25.

 

  Linda Camacho, Agent, Gallt & Zacker – Critique Preferences – PB, PB Bio, MG, YA, Graphic Novel, SF, Fantasy, Dummy – Dates and Times doing critiques – FULL.

Erin Casey,  Agent, Gallt & Zacker – Critique Preferences – Board book, PB, PB Biography, Rhyming PB, Chapter Book, MG, Non-Fiction, YA, Graphic Novel, Novel in Verse, SF, Fantasy, Dummy, Poetry, Portfolio – Dates and Times doing critiques – FULL.

  Heather Crowley, Assistant Editor, Disney-Hyperion – Critique Preferences – Board Book, Picture Book, Picture Book Biography, Rhyming Picture Book, Chapter Book, Middle Grade (including fantasy or science fiction), Dummy, and Poetry – Dates and Times doing critiques – FULL.


  Adria Goetz
, Agent, Martin Literary & Media Management – Critique Preferences – PB, PB Bio, Rhyming PB, MG, Graphic Novel, Novel in Verse, Portfolio, Dummy Dates and Times doing critiques – FULL

  Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster – Critique Preferences – PB, PB Bio, Rhyming, PB, PB Dummy – Dates and Times doing critiques FULL

  Karen Grencik, Agent, Red Fox Literary –  Critique Preferences – Picture books – any – Dates and Times doing critiques – FULL

  Megan Ilnitzki, Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books – Critique Preferences – PB, Rhyming PB, MG, YA, SF, Fantasy, Portfolio and PB Dummy – Dates and Times doing critiques  FULL

  Tiffany Liao, Senior Editor, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers – Critique Preferences – PB, PB Bio, Rhyming PB, MG, YA, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novel, Novel in Verse, Poetry, SF, Fantasy – Dates and Times doing critiques FULL

    Andrea Welch, Editor, Beach Lane Books – Critique Preferences – Board book, PB, PB Biography, Rhyming PB, Dummy, Poetry – Dates and Times doing critiques FULL

Genre Key

PB = Picture Book

CB = Chapter Book

MG = Middle Grade

YA = Young Adult

NF = Non-fiction

GN = Graphic Novel 

BB = Board Book

 

Critique Submission Timeline (All times are PST)

Jan. 25 by 7 p.m. Participants will receive an email with their time (between 7-9 p.m.) on Jan. 27 to select their critique faculty on the Google spreadsheet.

Jan. 27 from 7-9 p.m.: Participants select their ONE critique faculty and ONE critique date and time. (Once they have selected their faculty, date, and time, the administrator will hide that selection from view.)

March 27 by 7 p.m.: Participants receive a link to their Google Folder.

March 29 by 7 p.m.: Participants upload their manuscript no later than 7 p.m.

March 30 by 7 p.m.: Participants receive an email confirming their file was uploaded. If the file was not uploaded, they will receive an email asking them to resubmit immediately.

April 1 by 7 p.m.: Faculty will receive the manuscripts.

April 25 by midnight: Faculty will upload the Gold Critique Forms.

Manuscript Submissions Directions:

Please check the faculty information on the SCBWI San Diego website to verify that the faculty you select has agreed to read manuscripts in your genre. If you select a critique faculty who does not read that genre, you will lose that critique date and time and be asked to select another, based upon availability. Genres faculty have agreed to critique includes: Board Book, Picture Book, Picture Book Biography, Rhyming Picture Book, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Non-Fiction, Novel in Verse, Poetry, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Graphic Novel, Portfolio, Dummy

 

Submissions Directions:

Manuscripts:

  1. Manuscript length:

    1. Chapter Book, Picture Book-submit the full manuscript up to 1,000 words.

    2. MG/YA-submit a one-page synopsis and the first 10 pages of your manuscript.

  1. Follow standard format:

    1. Use 12-point Arial or Times New Roman.

    2. Double space all manuscripts.

    3. Type your full name, genre, and title on the first page.

    4. Number pages starting on page 2.

    5. Set a 1-inch or margin on each side of the page.

    6. Save your file as a PDF, Word (.doc) or Google Document (.docx) following this format:

Critique # First and Last Name_Genre_Title

Example: 15JK_Rowling_MG_HarryPotter.docx

Example: 7Matt_de La Peña_PB_LastStopOnMarketStreet.pdf

  1. Upload your file on to the Google Critique Folder on March 29 by 7 p.m.

Portfolios, Dummy, Graphic Novel

  1. Project length:

    1. Portfolio PDF – submit 10-15 digital images

    2. Dummy PDF – submit the full manuscript and art

    3. Graphic Novel PDF- -submit a one-page synopsis and the first 10 pages of your manuscript with art.

  2. Follow standard format above if applicable

    1. Save your project in ONE PDF following this format:

                          Critique#First and Last Name_Genre.PDF.

                         7Matt_de La Peña_Dummy.pdf

3. Upload your file on to the Google Critique Folder on March 29 by 7 p.m.