NZSA CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme


This programme is supported by Creative New Zealand and is open to financial members of the NZSA.

Members only service badgeThe aim of the programme is to provide writers with that essential critical feedback on an advanced work, moving it closer to publication.  Manuscripts should be at 2nd or 3rd draft and can be poetry, fiction, short fiction or non-fiction; the emphasis is on a completed work that the writer feels requires the objective view of an experienced assessor who can provide constructive critiquing and suggestions for improvement and refinement. 13 CompleteMS assessments available.

Applications for this programme open 1 March to 28 May in any given year

There are 13 assessments available and once applications have closed, are sent to a selection panel who decide on the recipients.

Applications for the NZSA CompleteMS Programme are available as online forms. You need to fill out the online form and pay the application fee. (If you are a new member and have not yet received your membership number, write ‘new member’ for the membership question in the form.)

Applications to this programme must be made using the online form. We do NOT accepted printed (physical) applications. 

CompleteMS Programme application form

CompleteMS Programme Information

NZSA Assessors list

Here’s what two of our writers had to say about their CompleteMS assessment.

“An assessment can pick up a manuscript, give it a shake-up and a new eye and give a writer a different direction and a boost for their work.”

“If any writer is harbouring doubts about where to take his/her manuscript, the CompleteMS programme provides a handy compass.”

This programme is made possible thanks to support from Creative New Zealand

Pictures and profiles of CompleteMS recipients 2023
Pictures and profiles of CompleteMS recipients 2022
Pictures and profiles of CompleteMS recipients 2021
Pictures and profiles of CompleteMS recipients 2020

More info about applying for CompleteMS (including guidelines for writing a synopsis)