08 Mar 2012
The NZSA Manuscript Assessment Programme is now open. This annual programme offers an exceptional opportunity for writers to have their completed manuscript evaluated by an experienced assessor.
An assessment assists an author to improve their work by providing a constructive, detailed report on the project’s strengths and weaknesses, and offering suggestions on how the author might move the project forward.
A selection panel will choose 13 successful applicants who will be matched with an assessor who specialises in the genre in which the applicant writes. The programme is open to writers of poetry, fiction, short fiction, plays, non-fiction, memoir and children’s fiction. (excluding picture books.)
In 2012 two of the assessments will be dedicated to mid-career writers and one will set aside for a manuscript with significant Maori/Pacific Island content.
The programme will also offer 5 of the successful applicants discretionary ‘mini-mentorships’ to be undertaken when the assessment is completed. These short mentorships begin in early October and will help to guide the writer in the reworking of their manuscript.
Application Deadline: 1 June 2012