Monday, March 02, 2015

The New Zealand Society of Authors CompleteMS Programme opens today

2 March 2015
Do you have a completed manuscript draft you want to take to that next level?

Consider applying to the NZSA CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme - a programme that provides writers with essential critical feedback on an advanced work, moving it closer to publication.

An assessment assists an author in improving 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.

In addition, all assessments are offered a follow up 1 hour Q & A with their assessor.

Writer Maria de Jong said “The manuscript assessment helped me to produce an art book that would appeal to a publisher. Helpful suggestions were made, such as adding descriptive sub-headings to liven up the text, and to cut passages that were repetitive or dragged. Suggestions were also made to expand intriguing threads of the story. I found it invaluable having an assessor cast an expert eye over the manuscript.” Maria’s book Fred Graham Creator of Forms - Te Tohunga Auaha was published by Huia in 2014 and has gone on to win the arts category of the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards 2014.

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. In 2015 we are thrilled that comic / graphic novelists will now also be able to submit their completed manuscripts for assessment in this programme. We will continue to dedicate one of the CompleteMS assessments to a mid-career writer.

The NZSA has been assisting writers with full manuscript assessments since 2003.  CompleteMS is supported by Creative New Zealand and is open to members of NZSA.

Application Deadline: 29 May 2015

For further information email Operations Manager Claire Hill:

Application forms and additional information about becoming a member of NZSA can be downloaded from our website

In conversation..................Philip Braithwaite and Geoff Allen

Sunday March 8, 2015 @ 4 pm

Kerr St Artspace
Takarunga Mt Victoria, Devonport (off Kerr St)

Entry by koha ($5)

Ph: 09 445 8451


Two new board books in Joy Cowley's iconic Buzzy Bee series

Buzzy Bee’s Birthday Party
Buzzy Bee’s Food Shapes
By Joy Cowley, Illustrated by Richard Hoit

Published by Upstart Press 
Board Books, RRP $13.99 each

The iconic Buzzy Bee + new stories by award-winning New Zealand author Joy Cowley = two new board books that will delight young children everywhere

Join much-loved TV star Buzzy Bee and his friends for some fun adventures — no matter what goes wrong, Buzzy’s ideas always save the day.

These colourful board books are for preschool and Year 1, and are the perfect gifts for a young child or an addition to the classroom — be prepared to read them over and over again!

Buzzy Bee’s Birthday Party
It’s Buzzy Bee’s birthday and he’s having a party! He needs balloons, party hats and jelly. But how many does he need? Help Buzzy Bee count.

Buzzy Bee’s Food Shapes
Oscar the Ostrich doesn’t know his shapes. Buzzy Bee and Mary Lou try to help by giving Oscar a square sandwich for lunch. Can you help Oscar too?