Publishers publishing novellas

29 March 2013 / 5 comments
So it's looking like my latest work in progress Unfit for motherhood is going to be a novella. Hovering at around 30,000 words, it's not quite as long as I would like it to be. But do I expand it for the sake of a word count? Or do I accept that the story dictates the form?

I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that it is probably a novella and I'm trying to reassure myself with the novellas that I like, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Old Man and the Sea, A Clockwork Orange, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and The Metamorphosis. These are all brilliant works, despite, or maybe because of, their shorter length.

I had been feeling like a failure, like someone who embarks on a marathon, but stops halfway, until I read this quote by Nouvella Books' editor Deena Drewis on The Masters Review Blog 'No one really sits down to write novellas—it ends up that length because there’s no more to cut and nowhere to expand; it’s a display of both stamina and restraint.'

Now that it's time for me to start embracing the novella, I'm starting a list of independent publishers publishing novellas. I'll be adding to it over time ...

Nouvella Books
Fremantle Press
Blemish Books

Seizure – Viva la Novella (annual competition)
The Paris Literary Review (annual prize)
The Great Novella Search – Busybird Publishing
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