Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants

Pitch Perfect! Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques

Attendees of CANSCAIP's Packaging Your Imagination conference are invited to apply for a Pitch Perfect manuscript or portfolio critique. An additional $55 fee will apply.

Get a one-paragraph pitch plus 1000 words critiqued by an agent or editor in a ten-minute private session. Or get five portfolio pieces critiqued by an art director. Space is limited.
  • Manuscript Critiques: You will receive a one-paragraph critique letter, plus an appointment for a ten-minute, one-on-one session with either editor Hadley Dyer, editor Yvette Ghione or agent Monica Pacheco. (We regret that participants may not specify a preference.)
  • Portfolio Critiques: You will receive a ten-minute, one-on-one critique of five portfolio pieces with art director Barb Kelly.
Attendees will receive an appointment between 4:00 and 6:15 p.m. Please do not sign up for Pitch Perfect if you will not be available during this time.

How to Register

To register for a Pitch Perfect Critique, send a $55 cheque made out to "CANSCAIP" to the CANSCAIP office. Indicate manuscript critique (only 30 spaces) or portfolio critique (only 10 spaces). Confirmation will follow by email. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Manuscript Critiques: One-paragraph pitches and 1000 words must be emailed to by October 18, 2013. Submissions must include: name, email, phone and genre.
  • Portfolio Critiques: Please bring photocopies of illustration work or printed samples to your session. It is best not to bring originals.

Bios of Industry Experts

Hadley Dyer

Hadley Dyer is the Executive Editor of children’s books at HarperCollins Canada and an award-winning author for children and young adults. She has written for such publications as OWL, The Globe and Mail, and Toronto Life and taught in the publishing program at Ryerson University.

Yvette Ghione

Yvette Ghione has been with Kids Can Press for 14 years, starting in Rights and Licensing but quickly moving on to the editorial side of things, where she has been at home ever since. In her role as Editorial Director, Yvette oversees acquisitions and project development and edits select titles.

Barb Kelly

Barb Kelly has been with Owlkids since 1999. As Creative Director she works on children’s books and magazines. She has worked as a designer for over 25 years in both advertising and publishing, and is a graduate of Central Tech's art program in Toronto, specializing in Illustration and Design.

Monica Pacheco

Monica Pacheco is a literary agent with Anne McDermid & Associates Ltd. She represents a growing list of writers, focusing on middle grade, young adult, science fiction and fantasy. Her clients include actor/write/director Sarah Polley, Yves Meynard, Madeline Ashby and Marty Chan.


CANSCAIP acknowledges the generous support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and conference partner Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts.

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