Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Ready, Set, Critique! Registration

Date(s) - 04/16/2021 - 04/18/2021
12:00 am

Registration is now open

Ready to sign up? You’re in the right place!


Before you proceed

Have a list of at least three preferred faculty members ready (do your research before registering to be sure you choose people who are a good fit for your work). When you register, you will choose the faculty member, then your critique time slot. If your first choice no longer has times available, choose another faculty member.

Have your submission materials formatted and ready to go. See the submission guidelines for more information. You will not be able to resubmit, so make sure you send your best work the first time.



NOTE: By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by the following guidelines. All faculty and attendees MUST agree in order to participate in Ready, Set, Critique.

This event is an SCBWI Safe and Supportive Space. It should be a positive experience for the attendee and faculty member giving the critique. Note that your face-to-face discussion should remain focused on the project and its critique. Also be aware that some questions that may seem innocuous to you could be construed as offensive by the person with whom you are meeting. Please pause and think before speaking. All participants agree to abide by the SCBWI Anti-harassment Policy and additional policies listed here.


Things to keep in mind:

1. Our aim is to lift up, embrace, and encourage all voices. As stated by We Need Diverse Books, “We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Black Indigenous people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities,” as well as those with socio-economic differences, and neurodivergent individuals. As such, you will treat each other with respect and focus your comments on the creative work.

2. This is not the time or place to ask permission to write about a culture, race, or minority group other than your own. Recognizing that you may not be the best person to tell this particular story is the first step toward creating diverse books for all readers, but it’s YOUR responsibility to do the research, not the faculty member with whom you are meeting. Often, this can take years of research. Likewise, if you are the faculty member who is reading an OwnVoices manuscript, portfolio, or book dummy from a voice outside your experience, please take time to consider your perspective before giving feedback that may not apply to this particular project.

3. Do not assume the person with whom you are meeting shares your political views or outlook. They are here to give/receive feedback on a creative work. That’s it. Unless your creative work is political, please do not discuss politics.

4. Remember: the critique isn’t about you. It’s about your creative work. Even though it can be painful to receive criticism of your work, it is intended to help you improve. When you receive your written critique, read it through. Take a deep breath. And give that feedback time to simmer before deciding which comments are helpful to you. When you meet face-to-face, focus on comments that puzzle you or those you aren’t sure how to address. Don’t waste time explaining why you were right and the critiquer was wrong. Critiques are subjective, so focus on what you feel will help improve your creative work. And remember, if a comment doesn’t resonate, you don’t have to use it! 

5. If you become uncomfortable with the conversation during your critique, you should immediately leave your breakout room and notify Nebraska RA Alison Pearce Stevens (, who can help guide you on how to report your experience to headquarters. Both participants will have the same option to leave the critique should the conversation take an offensive turn. We hope this doesn’t happen! But if it does, refunds will not be provided, because you will have already received your full written and partial face-to-face critique.



Ready to register? Here we go!

Registration opens February 1 for Nebraska region members and at noon (CST) February 5 to SCBWI members outside Nebraska and to nonmembers. Registration closes February 28 or when all critique slots are filled.

Member ticket: $60
Nonmember ticket: $75

You will need a credit card to complete payment. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email that will give you instructions on how to submit your work for critique. Any materials not submitted within 24 hours of registration will result in a canceled registration, and that time slot will open up again.


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Ticket Information

Ready, Set, Critique Non-Member Ticket - $75.00

Ready, Set, Critique Member Ticket - $60.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Event Extras

Critique Sessions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scroll to the bottom to read the policy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You will then be able to click the checkbox indicating that you have read our policy.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include Zooms, Webinars, online meetings, communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Code of Conduct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, volunteers, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Intimidation, stalking, or following;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Abusive verbal comments;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors;.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal comments, written comments, or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, disability, age, appearance, body size, or other personal characteristics;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping);
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Real or implied threat of physical harm;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Body policing, unwelcome photography or recording;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We expect all participants at SCBWI activities, meetings, and networking events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including sanctioned events, ancillary events, unofficial events, and social gatherings.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reporting Procedures

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sanctions for faculty, speakers, volunteers, staff or board members may include any of the following:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • immediate removal from a particular event;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words “anti-harassment policy” in the subject line.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.