The 2023 Reflex Press Novella Award
Closing date: 11:59:59 p.m. GMT 31 January 2023.
Word limit: 15,000 to 40,000 words.
Winners announced: May 2023
Prizes: winner – £1,000 and publication with Reflex Press. Two runners-up – £500 and publication with Reflex Press.
Entry fee: £10
Step 1: Pay the entry fee
Step 2: Submit your novella
Novella award rules:
- Entries must be in English.
- Entries must be the work of the entrant and must not have been published, including self-published, or accepted for publication elsewhere in print or online, including blogs or personal websites.
- It is permissible for individual pieces from novellas-in-flash to have been previously published, but the entrant must hold all print and digital publishing rights for all pieces.
- Entries must be fiction but can be on any subject and written in any style or form.
- The novella competition is international and welcomes entrants from all countries.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your entry wins a prize or is published elsewhere so we can withdraw your entry.
- Entries must be at least 15,000 words but no more than 40,000 words.
- Please submit the full manuscript.
- Entries must be anonymous and must not include your name, address, email, telephone number or any other personal information.
- Entries will only be accepted in the following formats: Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx), OpenDocument Text (.odt), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and Text Document (.txt).
- Please make the filename of your entry the same as the title of your story.
- Entries should be made via the entry form below.
- Entries must be received before 11:59:59 p.m. GMT on 31 January 2023.
- There is no limit to the number of entries an entrant may make.
- Multiple entries should be submitted separately.
- Entries will be acknowledged by email autoresponder.
- Please check your email address carefully before submitting your entry.
- If you do not receive a confirmation email (don’t forget to check your spam) please contact us via the contact page as it may mean we have not received your entry.
- Entrants are responsible for completing the submission process correctly and alerting us to any problems they encounter. Reflex Press accepts no liability for entries not received due to a failure on the part of the entrant to follow the submission process correctly.
- An entry fee of £10 is payable for each entry submitted.
- Entries must be accompanied by the email address used to process your entry fee so we can cross-check our records: your story will not be read if you have not paid the entry fee.
Determination of winners
- All entries will be read and judged anonymously by members of the Reflex Press team.
- No editorial feedback will be offered to unsuccessful entrants.
- The judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The winning entry will receive £1,000 as an advance against royalties and publication with Reflex Press.
- Two runners-up will receive £500 as an advance against royalties and publication with Reflex Press.
- Winning authors will be contacted prior to the public announcement of the winning entries to agree publishing terms.
- Are novellas-in-flash eligible?
- Is there a word limit for each individual flash in a novella-in-flash?
- No, we’re not enforcing a word limit for individual flashes, so long as the work as a whole falls within 15,000 to 40,000 words.
- Is there any flexibility in the word limits?
- No, they are hard word limits.
- I’m on a low income and really can’t afford the entry fee. Can I still enter?
- Of course. Just get in touch with us via our contact form. There’s no need to explain your financial circumstances.
- Are you looking for a particular genre?
- No, all genres are fine with us. The only thing that matters is the quality of the writing.
Have another question? Ask them via our contact page.