About Red-Eye Critiques

One of the benefits of the annual regional conference is it is a time to talk about your writing, to think about your writing, to be engaged with others about writing. 

Participating in Red-Eye Critiques gives you the opportunity to do all of the above and get to know others in a helpful but non-threatening way. Check the Conference Countdown for appropriate deadlines. 

WHAT ARE RED-EYE CRITIQUES? 

Red-eye Critiques are Peer-to-Peer Critiques, much like an impromptu critique group at the conference. 

There is no cost to participate. Meet the submission deadline and you will receive three or four five-page submissions to read in advance and critique. Others in your group will be doing the same thing. 

WHEN DO WE HAVE RED-EYE CRITIQUES?   

Red Eye Critiques are an after-hours session. The groups meet wherever they wish, usually after all the scheduled conference events take place. 

HOW HAVE MEMBERS BENEFITED FROM THEM?  

Most of the people who participate want feedback from fresh eyes. The groups are small, four to five participants, and grouped by genres.

WHERE DO THE GROUPS MEET? 

We provide an area for them to meet but some groups have gone to the pool area and others find other areas in the hotel to meet. The Red-Eye Critique Coordinator is at the conference and available if there are issues. 

ARE THEY HYSTERICALLY FUNNY BECAUSE EVERYONE IS SO TIRED BY THE TIME YOU MEET? 

Yes, by the time red-eyes are scheduled it is late and people are tired but hearing helpful hints about your work is reinvigorating. Red eye participants are not as tired after they meet.

Some groups meet during the dinner time because they are afraid they will be too tired later.  Many who have participated have realized what a great opportunity this is for their writing.  

One of the most unique things about red critiques is the number of participants who are seasoned SCBWI members. A lot of members return year after year to get a fresh perspective on their work.

HOW DO I PREPARE MY MANUSCRIPT FOR THE CRITIQUE GROUP? 

Here's our submission format: 

  • Use SCBWI guidelines. Download From Keyboard to Printed Page 
  • Manuscripts not following the proper format will be returned.
  • NO more than 5 consecutive typed pages.
  • May include cover letter, synopsis, chapter outline or questions. 
  • Label submission in upper right corner of first page;

    • Identify the genre of your submission 
    • Your Name and email address
    • Preferred meeting night
  • SUBMIT:

    • Via email to Debbie Allmand (dlapmandi@aol.com)
    • Put RED-EYE CRITIQUE in the subject line.

Anyone submitting a manuscript will be emailed manuscripts to print out and critique prior to the conference. Further details will be provided when your manuscript is received.