From press release:
Submissions are now open for Griffith REVIEW’s The Novella Project III competition.
Winning novellas will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith REVIEW 50: The Novella Project III (November 2015).
In 2012, Griffith REVIEW 38: The Novella Project played a major role in enabling Australian and New Zealand authors to gain a foothold in the English language revival of the novella underway internationally. It was a bestseller at independent bookshops and widely praised by reviewers. In 2014, Griffith REVIEW 46: Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II published five novellas with an historical dimension in a confronting, moving and provocative collection. Print and digital editions and eSingles of the individual novellas are available at Griffith REVIEW’s online store. Both editions were supported by the Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural Fund.
Interest in novella-length fiction continues to grow. Ian McEwan recently wrote in The New Yorker: ‘I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction. It is the beautiful daughter of a rambling, bloated ill-shaven giant (but a giant who’s a genius on his best days). And this child is the means by which many first know our greatest writers… I could go even further: the demands of economy push writers to polish their sentences to precision and clarity, to bring off their effects with unusual intensity, to remain focussed on the point of their creation and drive it forward with functional single-mindedness, and to end it with a mind to its unity.’
The Novella Project III will give Australian and New Zealand writers a chance to perfect this ‘form par excellence’.