The Great Novella Search II

The Great Novella Search is back! The submission window opens 1 December 2015 and will close 15 February 2016. The winner receives $1,000, publication in print and digitally, and a Busybird Publishing contract.

‘Winning the Great Novella Search in 2014 was a highlight for me as a writer. Having previously only been published in anthologies and journals it was a real buzz to have the opportunity to publish my own book, and to see a piece I had worked on over a long period of time finally come to fruition. Busybird have been supportive throughout the whole process of editing and publishing. I could not have asked for a better opportunity to get my work out there as an emerging writer.’
– Beth Hill
Winner of the 2014 Great Novella Search
Author of The Uncanny Love of Jimmy Panagakos

The entry fee is just $25.00, and our submission guidelines are simple:

  • writers must live in Australia
  • by entering this competition, you are agreeing that if your entry wins, it will be published by Busybird Publishing
  • novellas must be the original work of the entrant
  • novellas must not have been published previously digitally or in print, must not have won or placed in any other competition, or be concurrently under consideration elsewhere
  • the judge’s decision is final and no correspondence about the decision will be entered into
  • there are no limits to the amount of entries
  • the entrant’s name and details must appear only on the entry form, (they must not appear anywhere on the entry itself)
  • the novella’s title and page number should appear on every page of the entry
  • minimum 20,000 words maximum 40,000 words (no exceptions)
  • this year, we are also accepting collections (of short stories, etc.) for consideration
  • there are no genre specifications
  • entries should have at least 1.5 spacing, be on an A4 page with (at least) 2.5cm margins, and formatted in a Serif font. (A Serif font is something like Times New Roman, Georgia, Palatino Linotype, Bell MT, Baskerville, etc., as opposed to a font called ‘Serif’)
  • hardcopy entries will not be returned
  • All $ mentioned are Australian dollars.

If you plan to submit a hardcopy, you can download the entry form here: The Great Novella Search II

Otherwise, please submit via Submittable by clicking below:


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