Our Manuscript Assessors

Writers Victoria works with a team of authors, editors and writing tutors to make sure your manuscript is read by someone with expertise in your area. 

Alli Sinclair

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Specialises in:

  • General fiction
  • Short story
  • Historical fiction
  • Romance
  • Family saga
  • Travel
  • Biography/family history
  • Mystery
  • Stories with multiple timelines

For more information about Alli, read her bio.

Amanda Martin

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Specialises in:

  • Children's fiction and picture books
  • Young adult fiction
  • General fiction (romance, mystery, etc.)
  • Non-fiction

For more information about Amanda, read her bio.

Andrew Nette

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Specialises in:

  • Long and short form crime fiction
  • True crime
  • Non fiction work relating to cinema and popular culture 

For more information about Andrew, read his bio.

Antoinette Holm

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Specialises in:

  • Genre fiction (speculative, science fiction, romance, crime, thriller)
  • Literature/general fiction
  • Young adult
  • Biography (memoir, auto-biography)
  • Narrative non-fiction
  • History
  • Short Stories

For more information about Antoinette, read her bio.

Cath Crowley

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Specialises in:

  • Young adult fiction

For more information about Cath, read her bio.

Chaille Bos

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Specialises in:

  • Genre fiction (speculative, romance, crime, thriller)
  • Narrative non-fiction

For more information on Chaille, read her bio.

Clare Allan-Kamil

Clare Allan-Kamil

Specialises in:

  • Theatre scripts and performance writing
  • Non-fiction
  • General fiction
  • Genre fiction (including crime and speculative)
  • Short story
  • Memoir (including travel writing)
  • Children’s fiction
  • Self-help

For more information about Clare, read her bio

Diane Stubbings

Specialises in:

  • Fiction (literary, popular, romantic, science-fiction, fantasy and historical)
  • Non-fiction (memoir, creative non-fiction, science, history and self-help)
  • Short stories
  • Play and theatre scripts.

For more information about Diane, read her bio.

Dmetri Kakmi

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Specialises in:

  • Children’s fiction
  • Crime
  • Memoir
  • Horror

For more information about Dmetri, read his bio.

Earl Livings

Specialises in:

  • Poetry
  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy

For more information about Earl, read his bio.

Helen Koehne

Helen Koehne is an Accredited Editor and holds postgraduate qualifications in Editing and Publishing. She has worked in the publishing industry for more than twelve years, including in-house roles at Oxford University Press, Lonely Planet and Cengage Learning. She has experience in the areas of history, politics, literature, memoir, travel and religion. She has edited academic works and books for children. She also has an interest in fantasy and science fiction.

Jane Routley

Jane Routley is a fantasy writer who has won the Aurealis award for Best Fantasy novel twice. Her work has been published in the US and in Germany. Her short stories have been widely anthologised, appeared in 'Meanjin' and been read on the ABC. She has been assessing for Writers Victoria since 2009.

Josiane Behmoiras

Josiane Behmoiras

Specialises in:

  • Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Biography

For more information about Josiane, read her bio.

Kate Ryan

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Specialises in:

  • General fiction
  • Short stories
  • Non fiction
  • Memoir
  • Young adult and children's fiction

For more information about Kate, read her bio.

Laurie Steed

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Specialises in:

  • Short stories
  • Short fiction collections
  • Novels

For more information about Laurie, read his bio.

Lena Pasqua

Lena Pasqua

Lena Pasqua is a published fiction and non-fiction writer. She is an editor, manuscript assessor and creative-writing workshop presenter. Lena is also currently working on a novel and her second short-story collection.

Liz Kemp

Liz Kemp

Liz Kemp has worked in a variety of administrative roles in all areas of the publishing industry, most recently at the State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature, and as Publishing Assistant (Children’s) for HarperCollins Australia. She also operates a freelance manuscript assessment and editing business.

Lyndel Caffrey

Lyndel Caffrey

Specialises in:

  • Memoir and biography
  • Family history
  • General fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Short story
  • Poetry
  • Crime and mystery
  • Self-help

For more information about Lyndel, read her bio.

Marie Alafaci

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Specialises in:

  • Children's and young adult fiction
  • Speculative fiction (horror, science fiction, fantasy etc)
  • Humour
  • Short stories
  • Non-fiction

For more information about Marie, read her bio.

Maryrose Cuskelly

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Specialises in:

  • True crime
  • Memoir
  • General adult fiction
  • Young adult fiction

For more information about Maryrose, read her bio.

Myfanwy Jones

Myfanwy Jones

Specialises in:

  • Contemporary adult fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Young adult
  • General non-fiction
  • Memoir
  • Self-help 

For more information about Myfanwy, read her bio.

Petra Poupa

Petra Poupa

Specialises in:

  • General fiction
  • Young adult
  • Historical fiction
  • Romance
  • Speculative fiction
  • Science-fiction

For more information about Petra, read her bio.

Rachel Flynn

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Specialises in:

  • Picture books
  • Children's novels

For more information about Rachel, read her bio.

Rachel Hennessy

Rachel Hennessy

Specialises in:

  • Adult fiction
  • Short story
  • Creative non-fiction

For more information about Rachel, read her bio

Sherryl Clark

Sherryl Clark

Specialises in:

  • Picture books
  • Children's chapter books and novels
  • Young adult novels
  • Poetry
  • Verse novels for children and young adults

For more information about Sherryl, read her bio.

Shivaun Plozza

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Specialises in:

  • Young adult (all genres but with a focus on contemporary realism, romance, crime and fantasy)
  • Middle grade fiction (all genres but with a focus on fantasy)
  • Junior fiction
  • Crime (adult)

For more information about Shivaun, read her bio.