Poetry Assessments

Writing NSW’s half-hour poetry assessments are for emerging poets looking for objective, professional feedback.

Your assessment will be a 30-minute face-to-face consultation with one of our experienced poetry assessors. Having read a pre-submitted sample of your poems, the assessor will give a general appraisal of how your work is progressing, where you may need to direct more attention, what you can do to improve your work, and where you might turn for inspiration and guidance. It will not be possible to provide detailed feedback on each of the poems.

Next Date:

  • Saturday 17 November with Martin Langford

Booking In

The cost of a 30-minute assessment is $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Please call us 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:

  • Maximum 10 pages of poetry (this can be made up of between 3 and 10 poems)

Your document must be in a single document and formatted to industry standards, as follows:

  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 pt
  • Margins: minimum 3 cm all round (Word default margins are fine)
  • 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 submit your documents via our contact form.

Can’t Get Here?

Writing NSW offers Skype manuscript assessment appointments for regional members and people who are unable to make their appointment in person. 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. If internet connection is problematic, we can also offer phone appointments. Note that Skype and phone appointments are limited.

About the Assessors

Martin Langford has published seven books of poetry, the most recent being Ground (2015) and The Human Project: New and Selected Poems (Puncher and Wattmann, 2009). In 2009, he edited Harbour City Poems: Sydney in verse 1788-2008 (Puncher and Wattmann). He was the NSW poetry development officer in 2007-8, has directed the Australian Poetry Festival three times, and was instrumental in initiating the Australian Young Poets’ Fellowships and the Judith Wright Memorial Lectures. He is the poetry reviewer for Meanjin. Thematically, he is interested in the way we try to imagine ourselves beyond our biological inheritance, and in the evolution of our social and imaginative spaces. He lives on the northern outskirts of Sydney, and the landscape of that area often features in his work.

Born in Melbourne, Mark O’Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains. He began writing for the theatre before turning to fiction and poetry.  He has published five collections of poetry, most recently The Soup’s Song (Picaro, 2015). His novels include The Last Days of Ava Langdon (UQP, 2016), Grassdogs (Harper Collins, 2006), and The Forgotten World (HC, 2013). In 2013 he also published the comic memoir, False Start (Finch), and a collection of short stories, White Light (Spineless Wonders). Mark’s short stories, articles, reviews, and poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines both here and overseas, including Australian Book Review, The Bulletin, The Good Weekend, Heat, Antipodes, Westerly, Meanjin, Southerly, Island, Overland, Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Poems, New Australian Stories, Picador New Writing, and many others. In 2007 he traveled to Ireland courtesy of the Australia Council. A new collection of poetry will be published next year.