The Best Novella Writing Contests of 2022

Writing competitions curated by Reedsy

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Dandy Writers Short Story Contest

Dandy Writers

Submit a story of no more than 200 words. Your submission must be in line with the theme of the month. A writer is only permitted to submit one application per month. No more than one application. No plagiarism, even if it’s your work already published. Your work must be yours. Your data entered must be accurate. You must pay the entry fee. Note: Failure to comply with these rules will result to your application cancelled. And your entry fee will not be refunded. Thanks as you obey these rules.

Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

Writing Job

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $5

Deadline: May 30, 2023


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Short Story

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The Clay Reynolds Novella Prize

Texas Review

Established in 2001, The Clay Reynolds Novella Prize highlights one book a year that excels in the novella format. Since 2019 the Prize comes with a $500 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

A Standard Royalty contract, 20 copies of the novella published

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $20

Deadline: March 31, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Novella

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FHL Readers' Choice Awards

Faith, Hope, Love Christian Romance Writers

The FHLRCA is open to all writers, members of FHL as well as non-members, who are published in Christian fiction. Books entered in the FHLRCA must be written from a Christian worldview.

Top prize

Certificate and engraved box

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $35

Deadline: March 01, 2022


Genres

Christian, Romance, Novel, Novella, Short Story, Suspense

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Black Orchid Novella Award

Wolfe Pack & Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

An important part of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe's opus are novellas. To celebrate this format, the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine have partnered to sponsor the Black Orchid Novella Award. Want to submit an entry for the this year's contest? It's important that you read the rules and follow the procedures carefully.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: FREE

Deadline: May 31, 2022


Genres

Crime, Mystery, Novella

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MBF/de Groot Prize

Miami Book Fair

The Miami Book Fair has partnered with The de Groot Foundation to launch the Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize to be awarded to an author for an unpublished novella. We created the MBF/de Groot Prize to fan the flame in emerging writers who yearn to be published. We want the prize to bring out the best in new authors who have a story that needs to be heard.

Top prize

$6,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Melville House & an expense-paid trip to the Miami Book Fair

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: FREE

Deadline: May 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novella

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Miami University Novella Prize

Miami University

The Miami University Novella Prize is awarded annually to a novella-length manuscript of original fiction (18,000–40,000 words). The winner receives $750, a standard contract, publication and 10 copies of the book.

Top prize

$750

Additional prizes

Publication through the University of Miami Press

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $25

Deadline: September 03, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novella

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Calvino Prize

University of Louisville

The Calvino Prize is an annual fiction competition sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the English Department of the University of Louisville. They will be awarded to outstanding pieces of fiction in the fabulist experimentalist style of Italo Calvino. The first place entry will be published in Miracle Monocle journal at the University of Louisville.

Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Miracle Monocle

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $25

Deadline: October 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Novel, Novella, Short Story

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First 5 Pages Prize

Stockholm Writers Festival

SWF is proud to launch the First 5 Pages Prize to mark our 5th anniversary. Dazzle us with your brilliance. Delight us with your wit. Deceive us with your dastardly plot-twists. There will be one Grand Prize winner chosen from all entries. The winner will receive: $1000 cash, a ticket to SWF22, a pitch meeting with an agent conducted over Zoom, two night’s accommodation at a boutique hotel, and a full developmental edit donated by Reedsy, the industry’s leading platform for writing services.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

A full developmental edit donated by Reedsy & pitch meeting with an agent

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $20

Deadline: January 31, 2022


Genres

Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Novel, Novella, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

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The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition

Chicken House Books

We're looking for original ideas, a fresh voice, a diverse range of entries and stories that children will love! To enter, you must have written a full-length novel suitable for children/young adults aged between 7 and 18 years. We suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts do not exceed 80,000 words. The IET 150 Award will be awarded to a manuscript that celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Top prize

A worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House & royalty advance of Β£10,000

Additional prizes

An offer of representation from a top literary agent

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $25

Deadline: June 01, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Novella, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Young Adult

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SFWP Literary Awards

SFWP

We are seeking fiction and creative nonfiction of every genre. The contest is open to authors who have not been published by a major press. We publish in English, but the contest is open to writers from anywhere in the world. The early-bird entry fee (December 15th-February 15th) will be $25.

Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Two runner ups will be selected, each receiving $700.

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $30

Deadline: July 15, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella

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Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

Lazuli Literary Group

We are not concerned with genre distinctions. Send us the best you have; we want only for it to be thoughtful, intelligent, and beautiful. We want art that grows in complexity upon each visitation; we enjoy ornate, cerebral, and voluptuous phrases executed with thematic intent.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in "AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought"

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $15

Deadline: October 21, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Non-fiction, Novella, Script Writing

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Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

Fiction Collective Two

The FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any writer in English who has not previously published with FC2. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included.

Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication by FC2

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $25

Deadline: November 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Short Story, Novella

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Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

Fiction Collective 2

The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize is open to any writer in English with at least three books of fiction published. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length.

Top prize

$15,000

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $25

Deadline: November 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Novella, Short Story

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The Rubery Prize

Rubery Book Awards

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Through our reputation of finding quality and outstanding books we aim to bring recognition to the works that win and heighten an author's profile.

Top prize

Β£2000

Additional prizes

Β£200, a write-up

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $60

Deadline: March 31, 2022


Genres

Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Romance

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Inception: $500 for Prose, Poetry, or Art opening

Sunspot Literary Journal

The best openings offer a feeling, atmosphere, action, or image that is gripping, and that hints at more to come. For Sunspot Inception contest, send your best opening. There are no restrictions on theme, category, or the length of the piece or collection from which the beginning comes. Word limit is 250 for prose, 25 words for poetry.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in Sunspot Lit for winner, runners-up & finalists

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $10

Deadline: September 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction, Novel, Novella, Short Story

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The First Page Challenge

The Darling Axe

Our judge, Michelle Barker, will be asking herself one question: "How likely am I to turn this page and keep reading?" THE FINER POINTS β€’ One page: double-spaced, 12-point font β€’ Original, unpublished, unrepresented work only β€’ One entry per person

Top prize

$700 CAD

Additional prizes

Publication on our blog, 2nd $200, 3rd $100

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $4

Deadline: September 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Novella, Short Story

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Novella-in-Flash Award

Bath Flash Fiction Award

The goal of the Novella-in-Flash Award is to promote flash fiction for both writers and readers and to bring the genre to a wider audience. There is a 6000 to 18000 word limit and each flash (or chapter) should not be more than about 1000 words.

Top prize

Β£300

Additional prizes

Β£100 for two runners-up, publication

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $22

Deadline: January 16, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Novel, Short Story, Novella

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First Chapters Contest

CRAFT

We are looking for excerpts of book-length fiction, up to 5,000 words total. Please submit the first chapter (or chapters) of your unpublished novels/novellas, completed or in progress. Masie Cochran of Tin House is our guest judge.

Top prize

$2,800

Additional prizes

publication in CRAFT magazine + manuscript critique

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $20

Deadline: June 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Novella

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Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

University of North Texas Press

The University of North Texas Press announces the 2021 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. The winner of this annual award will receive $1000 and publication by UNT Press. Entries must be a collection of any combination of flash fiction, short stories, or novellas, from 27,500 to 50,000 words. In order to ensure that all writers have access to publication, this contest will be open for fee-free submissions on Monday, June 1 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by UNT Press

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $25

Deadline: June 30, 2020 (Expired)


Genres

Flash Fiction, Novella, Short Story

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Red Hen Press Novella Award

Red Hen Press

Established in 2018, the Novella Award is for a previously unpublished, original work of fiction between 15,000 and 30,000 words. Beginning in 2021, the Novella Award will be held biennially in even-numbered years. The award will open for submissions on January 31, 2022.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

Entry requirements

πŸ’° Fee: $25

Deadline: July 31, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Novella

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