StartWrite Writing Sample and Synopsis Assessment Programme

The NZSA StartWrite Writing Sample and Synopsis Assessment Service is an excellent opportunity for writers who want to get an appraisal for part of a manuscript. Writers can send in a piece of writing, up to 6,000 words (for poetry up to 24 pages), and a one page synopsis. The manuscripts are appraised by experienced authors and assessors in a one to two page report. They will also answer up to three specific questions that the writer may submit with the chapter and synopsis.

StartWrite offers writers a great opportunity to develop style and direction for a project in the early stages of development. The report comments on the writer’s technical ability, suggestions for improvement and advice on the next step, encouraging innovation and exploration of ideas and techniques.

SUBSIDISED SUBMISSIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN JAN 2020 . UNSUBSIDISED STARTWRITE ASSESSMENTS ARE AVAILABLE.

  • Subsidised StartWrite Assessment programme – available to NZSA members only (one StartWrite assessment per member per year). The fee for a subsidised assessment is $50
  • Unsubsidised StartWrite Assessment programme – open to all genres and all writers (you do not have to be an NZSA member to access this). The fee for an unsubsidised assessment is $200 for NZSA members and $250 for non-members.

For more information on getting a StartWrite Assessment: office@nzauthors.org.nz

Applications to the NZSA StartWrite Programme need to be filled out via our online form. 

THIS PROGRAMME IS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO SUPPORT FROM CREATIVE NEW ZEALAND