Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Crit Groups/ Manuscript Format

Formatting Your Manuscript:

Please submit all pages requested for critique in the following format.

12 point font, Times New Roman

Make sure you have your contact info and that pages numbers are included. Please look at the format below and make sure your pages look like it.

All critique submissions must be sent to

Due date for pages is roughly one month prior to the event date.

Please only submit 10 pages plus your title page (so a total of 11 pages)

Name your file with your name, your age group target, your genre, title of your work, and name of agent.

For example: CynthiaMun-MSFantasy-Witches-AgentName.doc

Please make sure you include all of this in the title of your file so that we don’t send it to the wrong agent for the critique. Please send Word doc.

Manuscripts for professional critiques follow a strict structure. The format outlined below is what is expected in the industry. Please follow it for your manuscripts so that you look like a professional who is knowledgeable about the industry. This is for novels and picture book text. For illustrators, what is expected is a picture book dummy or portfolio of work online.



Join a Nevada SCBWI Critique Group!

Critique groups are a great way to improve your craft and meet other members. Here is a list of ongoing groups in Nevada that are open to new members. Please be sure to contact the critique group’s leader to confirm the time and date of the next meeting.

Northern Nevada

Middle Grade -Young Adult Novelists – Picture Book Writers & Illustrators — Meets every Saturday (except for holidays and always check this page before you come for any cancellations) from 3-5pm. Please contact Kim Harnes: kimharnes at gmail dot com.

Bring your pages, a smile, and grab a coffee, and we’ll sit down to meet up and read our pages or look through illustrations. Everyone is given seven minutes to read and seven minutes for critique if we have a big group that day, but if it’s smaller, we’ll read an entire chapter.

Southern Nevada

(Las Vegas & Boulder City areas)

All Critique Groups are open to SCBWI Members-only creating works for children and young adult.

SCBWI Vegas Einstein Critique Group — It meets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Einstein Bros. Bagels. All Genre. Please contact Tina Kirchner

SCBWI Vegas Illustrators & Picture Book Critique Group — Critique group is administered through closed Facebook group. Please contact and Ken Lamug.

SCBWI Boulder City Critique Group All Genre. Las Vegas Wordworms meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at a private residence. For more information, please contact Lisa Hallet.

SCBWI Vegas Summerlin Critique Group – This middle grade and YA writing group typically meets on the last Wednesday of each month. Dates of 2018 are: 8/29, 9/26, 10/24, 11/28, at 5:00pm at Coffee Bean on S. Town Center Dr. and the 215. Generally, this is limited to 6 participants. Please contact Stephanie Espinoza Villamor (emailto: forestjournal at yahoo dot com) for more information.

We’re always looking for leaders to start new critique groups in your area. If you’re interested in starting one, please let me know.


Critique Group Leaders:

stephanieespinozaStephanie Espinoza has lived in the Las Vegas area since she was six weeks old. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in Film and from San Jose State University’s online program with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Stephanie has always loved books and stories, especially for young people. She worked as editor of a youth magazine in college and later in the children’s department of the public library. Stephanie is currently an academic librarian at the College of Southern Nevada, where she helps students and continues to write for the library’s news blog and social media. Her writing interests outside of work include middle grade and young adult novels, both realistic fiction and fantasy. Her stories have appeared in local publications such as CLASS! Magazine, and the Henderson Libraries’ creative writing anthology, Impressions. (Summerlin)


lisaLisa Hallett – Boulder City – Thanks to the unending knowledge and inspiration infusion she constantly receives from the writing community, Lisa, a long time SCBWI member, has moved beyond writing and revising her own grocery and to-do lists. She has settled into the world of writing chapter books and middle grade novels, and recently wrote a cover story for a regional magazine. Her critique group is magical, because when they meet, sprinkles from the clouds of creativity and encouragement plink down onto the table splattering shiny puddles of insight into their writing. (Boulder City)


kimharnesKim Harnes – Sparks – Kim learned to read at the age of two and never looked back. Growing up as an avid lover of horror novels, campfire stories, and the obsession with ghost towns and cemeteries, it only made sense that her own writing would incorporate the paranormal, the bizarre, and the unexplained. She is an award-winning songwriter, an Active member of the SCBWI, and currently lives with her family and numerous pets in Sparks, Nevada. (Reno)



tinapicTina Kirchner – East Las Vegas – Henderson – Although writing is my passion, my first loves are my husband, two children, and furry menagerie known as the Kirchner Zoo, which includes four dogs and three cats. I wish I had more time to paint, draw and play tennis, and I’d spend all my time outdoors. Anything wolf, pirate or zombie-related will grab my attention.

My middle grade ‘Pirates Off’ series is non-stop action/adventure in four books. My YA/safe-for-middle-grade zombie series is The Troubled Souls of Goldie Rich. My latest published series is the YA supernatural horror Dagger & Brimstone.