Manuscript Assessments

The Kill Your Darlings Writers’ Workshop now offers manuscript assessment services. Our assessments, in which writers work closely with the KYD Writers’ Workshop team, are the ideal way for writers at all stages of their development to get experienced, professional and objective feedback on a work-in-progress.

Manuscript Assessments take the form of comprehensive editorial notes that examine the key components of the work (such as structure, character and plot), as well as identifying areas for further improvement. We believe these notes are the most useful form of feedback for writers at this stage of the manuscript’s development. We do not provide annotated edits, or any copyedits.

Manuscript Assessments aim to give writers honest and professional feedback from an experienced editor. We strive to assist you in making the work the best it can be – whether you wish to share the story with your friends or family, are planning to self-publish, or are intending to submit to a publisher or agent.

What others say:

‘Earlier this year the KYD Writers’ Workshop provided some extremely helpful feedback on a short story. It’s definitely in large part thanks to all Ashleigh’s feedback and the consequent changes and developments I could make to the story that meant I won the Overland short story prize. So, thanks very much, and keep up the good work – the manuscript assessment really is an invaluable service for writers.’
Julia Tulloh, winner of the 2016 Overland VU Short Story Prize

‘I can’t recommend KYD’s workshop service highly enough. I’m not in a creative writing course and don’t have many writers I can share my work with. This makes getting detailed feedback for my writing really difficult. Getting edited by Ashleigh Hanson was an incredible experience. She was really firm about the weaknesses of the piece. This is exactly what I needed. I was able to fix the structural and stylistic problems and finalise a submission.’
Lech Blaine, shortlisted for the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize

‘Getting professional feedback on your work is invaluable, especially when you’re starting out as a writer. I submitted a short story to KYD’s assessment service and received a detailed analysis of the story’s strengths, as well as the areas that needed to be improved. With this advice in mind, I tweaked the story and ended up getting it published. I would definitely recommend this service to other writers.’
Magdalena McGuire, selected for the annual Big Issue Fiction Edition

Prices for manuscript assessments are as follows:

Short assessments – up to 2000 words                 $120
Short assessments – up to 4000 words                 $240
Long assessments – up to 50,000 words               $800
Long assessments – up to 60,000 words               $900
Long assessments – up to 70,000 words               $1,000

To book your manuscript assessment, please visit our shop.

If your work does not fall within these price categories, we are happy to negotiate an appropriate fee on the assessment – please contact: [email protected] to arrange.

On payment, KYD Writers Workshop will be in touch to arrange the schedule for your assessment, as well as assign you to an editor from our workshop team.

Writers’ Workshop Staff

Rebecca Starford

Publishing Director and Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Starford is a former editor at Text Publishing and a former deputy editor at Australian Book Review. She was a founding member of the Stella Prize steering committee, and her writing has appeared in the GuardianAge, and Weekend Australian. Her memoir, Bad Behaviour, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2015.

Ashleigh Hanson

Ashleigh Hanson is Fiction Editor of Kill Your Darlings. She has an editing degree from RMIT and currently studies ancient history and literature through the University of Melbourne.

Nikki Lusk

Nikki Lusk is a freelance book editor whose clients include Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Black Inc., Hardie Grant, MUP and UQP.

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