Seizure is on the hunt for invigorating fiction and are launching a new novella competition for Australian and New Zealand writers.
If you sometimes think that novels are just obese novellas, then you’re on our wavelength. And since we are theme-lovers this time we are challenging all writers to tackle the theme: ‘Origin’. You can take this as the start of a series, the genesis of a character, a history or a myth.
What’s a novella? For our purposes a slim 20–50,000 words.
Why a novella? It is a movie-length reading experience and perfect for a digital read. Longer than a short story and shorter than a novel, it’s an under-published form.
The prize? There will only be one winner this time. Firstly they’ll receive a thousand dollars in unmarked bills. Secondly they’ll get put through the Seizure rock-crusher/editing machine. Thirdly the winner’s novella will be designed with the usual Seizure flair and unleashed onto the world in digital and printed form.
Well, we didn’t want to come out with the generic competition response that we were overwhelmed with the amount and quality of submissions. Truth be told, we were taken aback, didn’t schedule enough reading time and have had some prolonged, involved and fiery discussions.
And now, without further ado, and in no particular order, we’d like to announce our short-list.
Dead End by A.S. Patric
Autumn Hymnal by Jane Jervis-Read
The Origin of Grief by Giorgio Montanari
36 Views of Fuji by Jo Gardiner
The Last Big Show by Veronica Gleeson
The Crocodile Lover by Susan Errington
Sympathy by Chris Palazzolo
Next up, the short-listed works will be judged by the publishing director at Xoum, Rod Morrison.
The winner will be announced and their book published in March 2013.
We hope to run Viva La Novella next year, so stay tuned for more announcements.