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2018 Houston SCBWI First Look Panels

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SEND IN ART OR THE FIRST PAGE OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT FOR FIRST LOOK PANEL

As you are perfecting your portfolio or manuscripts for critique, why not send in a page for the editor and agent First Look Panel to review?

THE REVIEW IS ANONYMOUS. YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THE PAGE. YOU GET SIX OPINIONS.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS ADDITIONAL REVIEW AND YOU HAVE THE PAGE READY.

Send manuscripts and digital images of illustrations via email by midnight August 20, 2018.

What do you do? See art and manuscript directions here.

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FIRST LOOK WRITING GUIDELINES

PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BELOW. WE WILL EXCLUDE SUBMISSIONS THAT FAIL TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES. REMEMBER—NO NAME. SEE A SAMPLE BELOW IF YOU NEED IT.

PAGE FORMAT:  ONE PAGE

1” MARGINS

LIST GENRE IN UPPER RIGHT OF PAGE. CHOOSE FROM:

Picture Book       Easy Reader     Chapter Book       Middle Grade       Young Adult

WORDS:  MAXIMUM OF 200 WORDS

MUST END IN A COMPLETE SENTENCE SO ADJUST ENTRY ACCORDINGLY

SUBMISSION: As Attachment: email to Vicki Sansum at: houston-ra@scbwi.org by midnight, August 20, 2018 

Subject line: FIRST LOOK

 

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FIRST LOOK ART GUIDELINES

FORMAT:  ONE ILLUSTRATION; jpg or pdf format; RGB mode SIZED to fit either vertically or horizontally on an 8.5” x 11” page at 100%  SCAN at 300 dpi if possible

SIGNATURE must NOT be visible: crop or mask out

NOTE: Artwork will be viewed as part of a PowerPoint presentation on a screen at the conference; the Illustrator Coordinator will size and compile the slides, but will make no other adjustments. Be aware that the viewing environment may affect the relative intensity of color and/or sharpness of detail, but that this is an unavoidable consequence of the medium, and one that the art director will take into account in commenting on your work.

SUBMISSION:  As ATTACHMENT via email to:

Diandra Mae, Illustrator Coordinator, at:    houston-ic@scbwi.org

Put FIRST LOOK in the subject line.

DEADLINE:  by midnight August 20, 2018 

Questions or concerns: contact Illustrator Coordinator Diandra Mae at: houston-ic@scbwi.org

SAMPLE First Look Writing Submission Excerpt reprinted by permission from The Nine Pound Hammer, by John Claude Bemis, Random House, 2009

MIDDLE GRADE FICTION

WORD COUNT 198

 

He was being hunted.

The man sank to his knees in black water. The night air pulsed with the reverberations of a multitude of insects, punctuated by bullfrog croaks and the occasional splash of something leaving the muddy banks for the safety of the swamp water.

Before him, two others struggled through the marsh.

“Go!” he cried. Dragging his legs through the muck, he pulled himself up on cypress knees to the slippery embankment. Free of the mire, he ran. The palmettos and the spiny bracken tore his trousers as he ripped away low-hanging limbs and spirals of Spanish moss.

Some distance behind, a hound bayed.

The other two stopped before a large pond. One was girl with wide eyes as fierce as lightning flashes. Scratches crisscrossed her pale arms, and a gash on her cheek bled freely.
Her lips trembled. By her side stood a man with long dark hair streaked with silver; it fell about his face and covered his eyes. He held the girl’s arm with one hand. In the other he held a sparkling silver pistol.
The girl pulled toward the pond.
“No,” the gunman said. “We need another way.”
“But…the hound!” she cried.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. ART AND TEXT. GIVE IT A TRY.