Manuscript Assessment Programme (MAP)

The Manuscript Assessment Programme (MAP) is designed to offer quality appraisals of book manuscripts by highly experienced editors and readers. In addition, the assessors provide a detailed report on the manuscript, focusing on key areas such as plot, structure, character development, and dialogue, as well as on the quality of the writing. Now in its second edition, the aim of the programme is to inspire and motivate writers to develop their craft with the goal of publishing their manuscripts.

Target Group

The programme is open to African writers working and living on the continent. For the purpose of this programme, an African writer will be described as someone who is an African by birth or by nationality.

Criteria for Participating Writers

  • All manuscripts must be written in English.
  • Manuscripts genres will include Novel, short stories, poetry, plays, creative non-fiction, and memoir/autobiography/biography.
  • Participating writers will be required to pay a fee of USD 300 per manuscript
  • The set guidelines for manuscript submission should be adhered to as spelt out in the ‘Call for Submissions.’


  • Participating writers will gain a fresh perspective to their writing, and utilise the knowledge gained to develop their writing to higher standards.
  • The opportunity to become an AWT Alumni Associate and benefit from on-going support to gain additional experience in writing, editing and publishing.
  • Participating writers will be directed to opportunities aimed at developing their careers such as contests, prizes, publishing opportunities, trainings, conferences and others.
  • The opportunity to be part of the AWT online platforms which promotes a community of writers from which they can receive practical advice and guidance about how to maintain a writing life.


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