Happy Tuesday and welcome to Picture Book Spotlight!

Ahhhhhhh...can you smell it? The leaves are falling. The caldrons are bubbling. And you're probably drinking things infused with pumpkin. You know what that means...

The inevitability of winter. Also PBCritiqueFest!

My hope was to make this an annual event but I had serious doubts of gathering a team of participants in all this craziness. Who would have time to commit to donating a critique? This roller coaster year has been ludicrous speed!

But here we are. In the chaotic thick of it all. And in spite of the swirling vortex of diarrhea that is 2020, we have some seriously amazing and generous people, ready and willing to help kidlit creators grow.

That was quite a sentence.

That's what it's all about--helping each other grow. Nobody gets anywhere without help and we don't create in a vacuum. We need eyes on our work. We need people to speak into it. We need each other. And that is something to celebrate.

So let's begin the celebration. Welcome...to picture book critique fest 2020.

Now that you're blinded by neon, let's get after it. In this blog post you'll find a brief overview of how the festival works, see who's participating, find answers to frequently asked questions, and hear from some of our 2019 winners.

Here we go!

First of all...we have 36 picture book critiques to giveaway.


Yes, you read that right. 36 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, October 31st on Twitter, Facebook, and on a Picture Book Spotlight blog post.

Okay...where do I start?

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 on the festival page. Once you have subscribed and registered, you may log additional entries throughout the 3-week festival to increase your chances (see guidelines below).


Once you have subscribed to PB Spotlight, click the "register" link on our festival page. This link will take you to a purple google form. On the form you will share information about yourself, critique preferences, and the work you'd like to be critiqued. You only need to register ONCE.

Last year we had hundreds of entries so you're going to want to increase your chances.

How do I increase my chances?

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 100 additional entries!

Talk about an increased chance of winning!

Each time you you complete an additional activity, select the link "log additional entries" on our festival page and it will take you to a green google form. You'll get an email confirmation to help you keep track of what you have already logged.