Open to submissions on an annual basis, Sing Lit Station's Manuscript Bootcamp is an intensive editorial programme that gathers writers, critics, literary academics and publishers together to critique and workshop a handful of the best manuscripts that Singaporean writers have to offer.
Is the next great Singapore novel, short story collection or work of creative non-fiction sitting in your drawer, or burning in your brain? If you’re wondering how to revise and bring a manuscript to publication, look no further than Manuscript Bootcamp 2018 (Prose)! Your work will be taken apart by established writers, editors, academics, agents, and critics. You will review purpose, story, character, style, audience; anything that answers the question, “Why must my words be read?” Be prepared to give and take feedback of the highest quality in a challenging and collegial environment.
The 2018 edition of Manuscript Bootcamp is open for submissions of prose manuscripts from 1 Feb 2018 to 30 Apr 2018, for a Bootcamp on 3-5 August 2018.
a) EXTERNAL PANEL
Our 2018 edition of Manuscript Bootcamp will have its final list of Bootcamp participants decided by an external panel of esteemed writers, to be announced.
b) SUBMISSION CRITERIA
For a full list of submission criteria, please click here.
1. The following genres are open for consideration: short story collections; novellas; novels; long-form creative non-fiction works.
2. The suggested submission length is 20,000 words. Shorter manuscripts will be disqualified, and much longer ones may not be read or workshopped beyond 20,000 words. Incomplete works will be accepted.
3. Manuscripts should be titled and blurbed with a one-paragraph synopsis.
4. Manuscripts should be in a single paginated .doc / .docx file (not PDF), Times New Roman pt 12, double spaced, with each new chapter or short story laid out on a separate page.* Do clearly state if the manuscripts are to be laid out with a specific font and line spacing.
5. As manuscripts will be read blind by an external panel, writers’ names should be excluded from the manuscript.
6. Manuscripts must be in English, although nonstandard usage and minor meaningful inclusions of other languages are welcome. Translated work is not accepted.
7. Manuscripts must be original, and authored by a single person.
8. Participants must be physically present for the Bootcamp from the evening of 3 August, and the whole weekend of 4 and 5 August 2018. Manuscripts submitted after 30 April 2018 will not be considered. A small fee will be paid by each participant to cover logistical costs.
*More details will be out soon. In the meantime, all the best!