NZSA CompleteMS Programme 2024 opens

Do you have a completed draft of your manuscript that’s ready to take to the next level?

Poetry, fiction, short fiction, non-fiction… Apply now for the NZSA Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme.

The NZSA CompleteMS assessment programme is open for applications until 28 May 2024.

CompleteMS is for writers who have completed a manuscript through a number of drafts and now require the objective view of an experienced assessor to provide a constructive critique.

The thirteen successful applications will receive essential critical written feedback (followed by a Q+A session) from an NZSA Assessor on an advanced work, moving it closer to publication.

To apply for this professional development you need to be a current member of the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc. Membership of NZSA is $140 per annum, with a reduced rate for students – more about membership here.

New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa seek to reflect and expand the depth and breadth of our sector and welcome applications from diverse writers working across a range of genres and writing disciplines. We tag three assessments for diverse writers and for Māori.

Further information and application forms

Some comments on the assessment experience:

From writer’s who received assessments through CompleteMS last year:

  • ‘The comments were insightful, applicable, and specific. I feel as though I left this assessment with concrete next steps not only for my manuscript but also for my ongoing practice.’
  • ‘The Q&A session was really useful as I was able to brainstorm plot tweaks and improvements on the spot and get instant feedback about whether I was on the right track now. ‘

From one of our NZSA Assessors:

As an CompleteMS programme assessor, author, editor and creative writing lecturer Siobhan Harvey says: This is an absolutely indispensable service offered by the NZSA to a key author market.

The CompleteMS Programme is made possible thanks to support from Creative New Zealand.

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