Sing Lit Station's Manuscript Assessment Scheme (MASS) launches for Singaporean writers
The Literary Consultancy has announced a new partnership with Sing Lit Station, offering subsidised professional feedback on manuscripts by Singaporean writers writing in English.
The Manuscript Assessment Scheme (MASS), managed by Sing Lit Station, is being funded by the National Arts Council Singapore as one of a raft of initiatives designed to raise the profile of Singaporean artists and Singaporean arts and culture internationally.
Forty writers will be selected over two application cycles in 2019, and will receive detailed critical feedback from TLC's expert reader group through its core manuscript assessment service. Applications open today (1 February) and are welcome from Singaporean writers at any stage of their career, regardless of publication history and including work by writers already under commission by publishing houses.
Manuscripts will be accepted in three categories: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Applicants writing poetry will also be able to apply for Sing Lit Station's 'Manuscript Bootcamp', a programme which offers additional face-to-face feedback from Singapore-based writers, editors, publishers and literary professionals as well as the TLC report.
Aki Schilz, TLC's director, said: "I am delighted that the National Arts Council Singapore has recognised the value of the work TLC provides, and thrilled with this new partnership with Sing Lit Station which will allow us to give additional support to Singaporean writers.
"In a climate that demands a more diverse arts culture, this is a brilliant opportunity for us to find and nurture rich new talent, and we feel privileged to add this to our international programme which includes our work with TLC Middle East and with the many writers who submit to us from beyond the EEA. We very much look forward to working with the writers coming through the scheme over the next 12 months."
Pictured: Aki Schilz