Monday, 22 February 2016

The Novella Award 2016 #essentialsofrec #Recovery #Novella #Contest

The  Novella Award will has returned for its third year!

Manchester Metropolitan University, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, Sandstone Press, Time to Read and NAWE, will once again be running the highly popular competition, which is open to any writer of novellas in the English language aged over 16.

This year’s competition will be judged by Lucy English author of Selfish People and Children of Light and the prize includes £1,000 and publication by Sandstone Press.

Last year’s winner Nina Allen received high praise for her winning entry The Harlequin, with a review in The Independent describing it as “both unsettling and irresistibly readable”. Her new novel, The Race, has been listed by Barnes & Noble as one of the most hotly-anticipated sci-fi and fantasy books of 2016.

Carola Boehm, Head of the Department of Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire campus said: “We are happy and proud to welcome back the mantle of this internationally received writing prize…We see writing as an art form, a craft, and we exemplify it as such in our interdisciplinary campus-based practice boasting professional poets, novelists, playwrights, experimental prose and creative nonfiction writers.”

Submission Guidelines
Read Terms and Conditions (detailed below)
Make Payment via MMU Online Shop.
Complete Cover Sheet. (see T&C)
Send Cover Sheet and Manuscript either;
via email –
via post – The Novella Award, Valentine 0-15, MMU Cheshire, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 5DU
Receive confirmation email.
Keep up to date with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Terms and Conditions


Work must be fiction written in English between 20,000 and 40, 000 words. There are no genre restrictions. Titles and chapter headings are not included in this word count.
Entries must be entrant’s original writing, and should not be published or be in consideration for publication elsewhere. This includes online self-publishing (blogs and social networking sites etc.)
Work must be typed in a clear font such as Courier, Courier New, Times New Roman, Arial or Lucida Grande, font size 12 and double-spaced.
If you are successful, you will be required to enter into a publishing contract directly with Sandstone Press Limited. You should therefore not submit an entry which may be in conflict with any other contract or arrangement with an agent, publisher or third party.


Payment can be made via our MMU Online Shop, once paid you will receive a reference number. Quote this in your cover sheet.
Payments are nonrefundable. It is your responsibility to ensure adherence to the Terms and Conditions.
Entries cannot be amended after submission. If entrants wish to amend entries, they must withdraw from the competition and re-enter, including payment of fee.
Entries may be withdrawn by emailing including “WITHDRAWAL” in the subject line, quote reference number. Any payments made will not be refunded if the work is withdrawn.
Once the winners are announced, entrants who were not successful regain complete rights to their manuscripts and unsuccessful manuscripts will be removed from The Novella Awards’ systems.

Send via email as a word document to or by post to The Novella Award, Valentine 0-15, MMU Cheshire, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 5DU.
Include a separate Cover Sheet detailing:
Telephone Number
Payment Reference
Name of the Novella
Word Count of the Novella
Synopsis of Novella (500 words max)
Your name should not be appear on the manuscript.
When emailing your novella please put your full name and the name of your novella in the subject line, e.g. “James Joyce – The Dead”

The Novella Award 2016 is open to anyone aged 16 or over. There is no upper age limit for entry.
Members of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) staff are not eligible to enter. Past and present MMU students are eligible to enter, providing they are not currently an MMU member of staff.

The Award
The Novella Award 2016 is hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University.
The Novella Award 2016 reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules, or as made a false declaration on the entry form.
The Novella Award 2016 cannot accept responsibility for any damages, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the award.
The Novella Award 2016 will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data.
The Novella Award 2016 reserves the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where the circumstances are beyond the award’s control. Any changes to the rules will be posted on the award’s website.
By submitting an entry entrants accept all terms and conditions

A panel of practicing writers will select a short-list of entrants, and from that list, the leading judges will select the winner. The judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence about their decisions may be entered into.
The Novella Award reserves the right not to award the prizes, or to reduce the prize money, if, in their opinion, such action is justified for any reason.

The Novella Award 2016 costs £17 Sterling to enter, please follow the instructions on the website to enter the competition. Postal entries are also accepted.

For more information, visit the website at where you can find Facebook, Twitter and Instagram links to keep up to date with all of the award activity, or contact

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