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Manuscript Assessment Scheme (MASS)

Manuscript Assessment Scheme (MASS) is an initiative by the National Arts Council, managed by Sing Lit Station. It is a subsidised scheme for deserving literary manuscripts to receive detailed professional feedback from The Literary Consultancy (TLC), a UK-based editorial consultancy service.

MASS will be held across two cycles (held in Q1 and Q3 2019). It will accept manuscripts by writers at any stage of their career, regardless of publication history. It will also accept manuscripts in the hands of publishers seeking additional feedback for their Singaporean writers. Manuscripts in three genres (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) and of various lengths will be considered for submission.

Submissions for Q1 2019 will be open from 1 Feb 2019 to 30 Mar 2019. More details here: singlitstation.com/MASS

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Manuscript Bootcamp 2019 (Poetry)

For 2019’s edition, Manuscript Bootcamp expands its reach with the Manuscript Assessment Scheme (MASS). Through MASS, shortlisted applicants of the Bootcamp will gain access to detailed feedback from The Literary Consultancy (TLC) based in the UK. Finalists will be able to choose the best of both worlds—feedback from TLC, as well as a closer, more intimate look at the work in Manuscript Bootcamp. 

At Bootcamp, your work will be taken apart and put back together by established Singapore-based writers, editors, academics and critics. Be prepared to give and take feedback of the highest quality in a challenging and collegial environment.

Submissions of poetry manuscripts will be open from 1 Feb 2019 to 30 Mar 2019, for a Bootcamp on 2–4 Aug 2019. More details here: singlitstation.com/bootcamp

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1. ABOUT

Manuscript Assessment Scheme (MASS) is an initiative by the National Arts Council, managed by Sing Lit Station. MASS is a subsidised scheme for deserving literary manuscripts to receive detailed professional feedback from The Literary Consultancy (TLC), a UK-based editorial consultancy service. 

MASS will accept manuscripts by writers at any stage of their career, regardless of publication history. It will also accept manuscripts in the hands of publishers seeking additional feedback for their Singaporean authors. Manuscripts in three genres (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) and of various lengths will be considered for submission. External readers will sift through submissions and recommend deserving manuscripts to be subsidised for TLC feedback. Up to 40 manuscripts across all genres may be awarded subsidy over the two application cycles in 2019.

In addition, poetry manuscripts sent in by writers with no prior full-length publication history in poetry will also be considered for Sing Lit Station’s pinnacle development programme, Manuscript Bootcamp 2019 (Poetry). This opportunity complements feedback from overseas-based TLC  consultants with face-to-face feedback from Singapore-based writers, editors, publishers and literary professionals at the weekend-long Bootcamp. Selected poets will be given the choice of accepting both, one, or neither of these opportunities.


2. IMPORTANT DATES

  • 1 Feb 2019: Submissions for both MASS and Bootcamp open
  • 30 Mar 2019, 2359 hours: Deadline for submissions 
  • Apr 2019: Announcement of manuscripts for MASS subsidy; announcement of shortlisted participants for Bootcamp
  • Jun 2019: Manuscripts to receive feedback from TLC consultants; announcement of Bootcamp finalists
  • 2–4 Aug 2019: Commencement of Bootcamp


3. IMPORTANT NOTES / REMINDERS

  • A $10 submission fee will be levied for each submission.
  • Only 1 submission per genre is allowed, with a maximum of 3 submissions (i.e. 1 from each genre) for each single submitter.
  • Submitters may consist of more than one person (co-created or collaborative work is welcome).
  • Translated works however will not be read. 
  • As MASS is a subsidy scheme, the authors of selected manuscripts will pay a highly subsidised fee to receive manuscript consultation from TLC. Authors will be paying ~10-30% of TLC’s commercial rate after subsidy. The fees are shown in the table below:
Selected Authors Payment Table 


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