Ends on January 1, 2017

It's that time of year again – time to show us your novellas.

Seizure invites Australian and New Zealand writers to submit their completed novella manuscripts for consideration. In 2016 are looking for two writers, who will each receive a $1000 prize and publication with Seizure in print and digital formats.

What’s a novella? By our reckoning it's 20–50,000 words of solid narrative goodness.

What isn't a novella? Collected short stories are not novellas, they are short story collections. Also, we're sticking with fiction but that includes auto-fiction, semi-fictionalised life writing and any other narrative-based autoethnographic work you care to mention. We're open to all genres but also works that self-identify as anti-genre. 

Why a novella?  Because they are great. You don't need big word counts to communicate big ideas and you don't need eight hundred pages to tell a great story.

What’s the prize? $1000 + print and digital publication with Seizure. Winners will have their manuscript carefully shepherded to publication by an editor and the Seizure team. The winning novellas will be designed with the usual Seizure flair and unleashed in digital and printed form in bookshops, on our website and ebook retailers.

The publishing contract offered to the winners is based on the Xoum Publishing contract and includes a generous 25% royalty on print sales and 50% on ebook sales. (The Australian publishing industry standard is 10% royalty on print and 25% on ebook sales.) Please note, the prize money is not an advance against royalties, royalty income is generated from the first sale.

Entries close December 31st 2016

Shortlisting February 2017 

Publication August 2017

For further information, please contact someone@seizureonline.com

Flashers Nonfiction (FNF) is home to sharp, short and true stories. We publish nonfiction between 50 and 500 words. Thanks to the Australia Council, we will be able to pay $50 per FNF published. 

In submitting you agree to have your work published on the Seizure website. Authors retain copyright. Any other uses (such as ebooks, print reproduction etc) will be negotiated with the author. Please do not submit work that has already been published, especially online.

Make sure you include your website and/or twitter handle when you submit.

Flashers is Australia's new home for flash fiction. Publishing works from 50 to 500 words online, it's fiction on speed. 

In submitting you agree to have your work published on the Seizure website. Authors retain copyright. Any other uses (such as ebooks, print reproduction etc) will be negotiated with the author. Please do not submit work that has already been published, especially online.

Please include your website and/or twitter handle as we will use this in place of a bio when we publish the work on our site. 

Please send the first three chapters of your work, a one-page synopsis and a one-page cover letter introducing yourself. 

Before submitting we recommend you familiarise yourself with our list to get a sense of the kind of books we publish. 

We endeavour to respond in five weeks from the date of receipt. 

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Let us know if there's a poet somewhere in this wide, wide land who'd you like to correspond with, or send us a letter-poem without an addressee, and we'll hook you up with someone special.