Young Adult Manuscript Assessments

Are you writing a book for young people? Not sure if your manuscript is all that it can be? In a one-hour session one of our industry experts will work with you to help your manuscript reach its full potential.

These assessments are suitable for those writing 20,000-word+ manuscripts intended for junior fiction/middle grade readers (approximately ages 8 to 12) or young adult manuscripts.

Next Dates

  • Saturday 28 July with Leonie Tyle

Booking In

The cost of a one-hour assessment is $150 for members and $190 for non-members. Please call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to book an appointment.

Once you have made your appointment, you will need to provide the following materials at least 10 days before your assessment in one document. Your document should contain the following:

  • a one-page synopsis
  • the first 15 pages of your manuscript (maximum 4000 words)
  • a brief writing CV
Your document must be formatted to industry standards, as follows:
  • Line spacing: 1.5 or double
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 pt
  • Margins: minimum 3 cm all round (Word default margins are fine)
  • Paragraphing: indent all paragraphs except the first paragraph of a new chapter or section. Only put spaces between paragraphs where you wish to indicate a section break.
  • Text should be range left (which means the right edge is ‘ragged’), not justified.
  • Page numbers: consecutive from beginning to end

Please note, if your materials are not submitted at least 10 days before your assessment, we cannot guarantee your assessor will have time to review them before your appointment.

You can email your single document submission to the Centre.

Can’t Get to the Centre?

The NSW Writers’ Centre is now offering Skype manuscript assessment appointments for regional members and people who are unable to make it to the Centre. Skype is a free computer program that allows voice and video calls via the internet. Calling from one computer to another is completely free, which means that you can speak to our manuscript assessor in Sydney as though they were in your home, without any additional cost. Skype appointments are limited.

About the Assessors

Leonie Tyle has been associated with children’s books for over 25 years as a librarian, reviewer, speaker and publisher. For thirteen years she was Children’s & Young Adult Publisher responsible for UQP’s children’s and young adults list publishing approximately sixteen books a year from picture books to young adult fiction and nonfiction. She set up Woolshed Press an imprint of Random House in 2008. Leonie has worked with many of Australia’s finest authors and illustrators including Catherine Bateson, Steven Herrick, James Moloney, Brian Caswell, James Roy, Anthony Eaton, and Bill Condon. She is currently working freelance.

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