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Viva la Novella X

Date: Mon October 11 2021 12:00 am to Fri December 31 2021 11:59 pm

Now in its tenth year, Viva la Novella is once again open for entries.

We want your novellas. We want extraordinary stories that surprise, unnerve, discomfort and inspire. The competition is open to all genres and in the past we have awarded the prize to dystopian spec-fic, a reimagined Colonial story and realist fiction – among others.

We invite Australian and New Zealand residents to submit their completed novella manuscripts for consideration. We are looking for two writers, who will each receive a $1000 prize and publication  in print and digital formats.


What’s a novella? By our reckoning it’s 20–50,000 words of solid narrative goodness. We’ll take an over/under of 10% (ie no fewer than 18 000 words / no more than 55 000 words) but anything outside that is ineligible.

What isn’t a novella? Collected short stories are ineligible. Also, we’re sticking with fiction but that includes auto-fiction and/or semi-fictionalised life writing. We’re open to all genres but also works that self-identify as anti-genre.

Why a novella? Because they are great. You don’t need big word counts to communicate big ideas and you don’t need eight hundred pages to tell a great story.

What’s the prize? $1000 + a contract for print and digital publication with Brio Books. Winners will have their manuscript carefully shepherded to publication by an editor and the Brio team. The winning novellas will be designed with the usual Viva la Novella flair and unleashed in digital and print form in bookshops, on the Booktopia website and ebook retailers.

Did someone say regional? Yes, that’s right. Thanks to our sponsor FALS, one of our two winners must be chosen from a regional area. Make sure to check the box below if you live outside of one of the big cities.

  • There is no fee to enter.
  • Entries close: 31 December 2021
  • Shortlisting: February 2022 
  • Publication: Sept-Oct 2022

For further information, please contact davidh@booktopia.com.au.



For more information, visit: https://form.jotform.com/212702814515853

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