Competition deadline: 1st October 2018
What do Silas Marner, Of Mice and Men, Brokeback Mountain and Metamorphosis all have in common?
They’re all novellas – in fact, some of the world’s best loved works of literature are novellas – yet works of fiction between 10,000 and 40,000 words are notoriously difficult to place in the current market, despite the stories they tell being perfectly suited to their length.
Just because mainstream publishers prefer longer works doesn’t mean audiences do, and stats are rolling in to support an emerging novella Renaissance. Waterstones Piccadilly (London’s largest bookshop) recently stated that their novella tables “are the bestsellers”, and critical acclaim and prize nominations for novella writers are rolling in – Fairlight Books have two novellas on the Not The Booker longlist.
The message is clear: people love novella-length works. So feel pressured no longer to pad or trim your novellas; they’re perfect as they are!
To celebrate the resurgence of this classic form, the first Mslexia Novella competition is now open, accepting works between 10,000 and 40,000 words. Works of any genre are eligible, and the award is open to women writers from all countries, of any nationality.
Judged by Eloise Millar at Galley Beggar Press, our first prize winner will receive £1,000, as well as guaranteed e-publication with Mslexia. On top of all that, the winner will also receive 25% of royalties from all sales on their novella, and instant attention from Mslexia’s audience of industry professionals and engaged women writers.
While the Mslexia Novel Competition is famous for its career launching stats (50% of shortlistees had their books published, and 80% signed with agents) the inaugural Novella Competition is sure to act as the perfect career launch-pad for previously unpublished writers, or to add to the publication portfolio of authors who are yet to publish a Novella.
The winner and finalists will be announced in the June 2019 edition of Mslexia magazine. Click here to send a 5,000 word extract of a completed, unpublished manuscript at £15 per entry