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Welcome to #PBCritiqueFest 2021! Do you write or illustrate picture books? This MASSIVE one-time picture book critique giveaway celebration is for you! We have 31 picture book critiques to giveaway!

The purpose of this annual event is to celebrate the critique and revision process and to help build our kidlit community. It's my sincerest hope that new connections will be made and that actual, living, breathing books will be birthed out of this process.

The festival is happening October 17th-31st. The deadline to enter the raffle will be October 31st 8PM CST. 31 winners will be randomly selected and then "paired with their person" based on information provided on the registration form. Winners will be announced throughout the day on Saturday, November 6th on Twitter, Facebook, and on a Picture Book Spotlight blog post.

Help spread the word by using our festival hashtag! #PBCritiqueFest

Find out how to register and increase your chances at winning a picture book critique below! Have you seen our participants for this year?! Check them out! 

Want more info? Read the blog!

Have any questions? Tweet at me! @BrianGehrlein

Enter the giveaway


To enter the celebration for your chance to win a picture book critique by any of our fabulous participants, simply subscribe to PB Spotlight AND register yourself by clicking the links below. Once you have subscribed and registered, you may log additional entries using the green button throughout the 2-week festival to increase your chances (see guidelines below).


Only register ONE time!

Additional entries guidelines


To increase your chances of winning a critique, you can log additional entries by participating on social media and promoting the authors, illustrators, and agents. Each time you complete an activity, simply log what you did on the additional entries form. This year, the form will email you a receipt to help you keep track of what you've logged. You can earn up to 200 additional entries! Talk about an increased chance of winning!

This year we're adding Instagram as a platform to promote the festival and participant's books as well as book reviews!

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2021 Participants

Check out our participant's books & bios! (click a name to jump to participant's bio)

*Megan and Jorge Lacera will provide a joint critique for one winner*

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