Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Find a Home for Your Novella Here

Wondering what to do with your lovely, perfect novella that’s too short to send to an agent and too long to send to a literary journal? Here’s the contest for you!

The Cleveland State University Poetry Center is pleased to announce the fourth annual RuthanneWiley Memorial Novella Contest. One prize of $1000 and publication of the winning novella is offered for the best original novella submitted between April 1, 2008 and October 1, 2008.

MANUSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS: Manuscripts must contain a minimum of 60 and no more than 120 double-spaced manuscript pages, not including front matter. Manuscript pages should be numbered, and, if appropriate, include a table of contents. Include one title page with manuscript title, your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript. Include a second title page containing the manuscript title only. Clearly indicate on the outside of the mailing envelope “Novella Contest”. Do not include a cover letter or biographical information.

: Send multiple submissions in the same envelope, marked “Multiple;” entry fee must be included for each manuscript. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

ELIGIBILITY: The Judge for the 2008 contest is Josip Novakovich. Intimate friends, relatives, current and former students of the Novella Contest judge (students in an academic degree-conferring program or its equivalent) are not eligible to enter the 2008 Novella contest. Manuscripts that have been previously published in their entirety, including self-published, are not eligible. Translations are not eligible.

Cleveland State University
Poetry Center – Novella Contest
Department of English
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

$25.00 Check / money order payable to Cleveland State University.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For notification of manuscript receipt, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard (optional). Manuscripts are not returned. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. Winners will be given a chance to revise works before publication. Announcement of winners will appear in theMay/June 2009 issue of Poets & Writers. For notification of contest results, include a self-addressed stamped envelope (optional). More details can be found on the web site.


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