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

Ends on October 31, 2016
Terms & conditions

  1. Submissions open 9 am AEST Wednesday 31 August 2016 and close 5 pm AEST Monday 31 October 2016.
  2. The manuscript should be a work of adult contemporary romance category (excluding YA, paranormal/fantasy) between 70,000 and 100,000 words in length.
  3. The winner will be notified in strict confidence in December 2016, at which time the winner must agree to keep this news confidential until the official announcement of the winning entry in January 2017. Publication will be in August 2017.
  4. Entrants must normally be residents of Australia or New Zealand and aged 18 years and over.
  5. All persons, other than immediate family members of Xou Pty Ltd staff, may enter the competition.
  6. Submissions must be made electronically in Word format via Submittable.
  7. The manuscript must be an original work, written entirely by the entrant and it must be written in English.
  8. No more than 10 per cent of the manuscript can have been previously published in print form, or in electronic form, on a commercial basis.
  9. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. If, in their opinion, no entry is worthy of the prize, no winner shall be chosen. No entrant may win the prize in successive years.
  10. Pending acceptance of the publishing contract and upon publication, the winning entry will receive a cash prize of AUD$5000.

Good luck!
Ends on December 1, 2016

Viva La Editor is a unique competition that awards editors with the chance to take a career development step and gives them a $1000 prize.

At Seizure we love editors. We respect what they do. We also know that it's hard to get hands-on experience commissioning, structural editing and seeing a book all the way through to publication.  

We strongly recommend you check out the history of the Viva La Novella prize and about us before applying. Please direct any queries to someone@seizureonline.com.

Good luck!

The Seizure Team

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.