Viva La Novella

Current project status: Viva la Novella IV will soon be opening the submission portal for editors who want to join us, and then shortly after that we will be opening for authors to begin submissions. Stay tuned by signing up for our newsletter or joining us on Twitter or Facebook.


A Short History of Viva La Novella

In 2012 Seizure began a novella prize to celebrate and promote short novels – because we like them and believe some of the greatest works in the English language are actually novellas. Even in it’s first year, competition was fierce with over 80 submissions. We shortlisted in January 2013 and then made the winning author keep it secret until the big reveal at the Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne where Sandy Grant gave a wonderful speech. The winner was the lovely, talented, subtle and delicate Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall by Jane Jervis Read.


In 2013, with funding from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, the Viva la Novella award expanded to create opportunities for four editor-judges to take a rare and important career stepping stone: selecting the entry of their choice to develop through the entire process of contracting, manuscript development, author support and editing, through to print and post-publication promotion. We had four talented editors select their novellas of choice, Zoë Sadokierski did the covers and all of a sudden there were four more brilliant novellas: Blood and Bone by Daniel Davis Wood, The Neighbour by Julie Proudfoot, The Other Shore by Hoa Pham and Sideshow by Nicole Smith.


In 2014, thanks to the generosity of a private patron, Viva la Novella came back for its third year looking for three new short novels to develop and publish through Seizure as beautiful printed works and the big reveal took place at the Melbourne Writers Festival on August 21st.


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Viva La Novella Hall of Fame

Viva la Novella 2015 Winners


Welcome to Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward

978-1-921134-58-6 (print) | 978-1-921134-59-3 (digital)


Formaldehyde by Jane Rawson

978-1-921134-60-9 (print) | 978-1-921134-61-6 (digital)


The End of Seeing by Christy Collins

978-1-921134-62-3 (print) | 978-1-921134-63-0 (digital)

Viva la Novella 2014 Winners


Sideshow by Nicole Smith

978-1-922057-97-6 (print) | 978-1-921134-24-1 (digital)


The Other Shore by Hoa Pham

978-1-922057-96-9 (print) | 978-1-921134-23-4 (digital)


The Neighbour by Julie Proudfoot

978-1-922057-98-3 (print) | 978-1-921134-25-8 (digital)


Blood and Bone by Daniel Davis Wood

978-1-922057-95-2 (print) | 978-1-921134-22-7 (digital)

Viva la Novella 2013 Winner


Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall by Jane Jervis-Read

978 1 922057 44 0 (print) | 978 1 922057 43 3 (digital)

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