Established in 2018, the Novella Award is for a previously unpublished, original work of fiction. Awarded manuscript is selected through an annual competition which is open to all writers.

Award is $1000 and publication by Red Hen Press.
Entry fee is $25.00.
15,000 word minimum, 30,000 word maximum.
Entries will be accepted via Submittable.
This year’s final judge will be Doug Lawson.


Eligibility: The award is open to all writers with the following exceptions:

A) Authors who have had a full length work published by Red Hen Press
B) Employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press
C) Relatives of employees or members of the executive board of directors
D) Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the manuscript, or where, for whatever reason, selecting a particular manuscript might have the appearance of impropriety.

Procedures and Ethical Considerations

To be certain that every manuscript finalist receives the fairest evaluation, all manuscripts shall be submitted to the judges without any identifying material. Please include contact information only in the cover letter field of Submittable.

Bios, acknowledgments, and other identifying material shall be removed from judged manuscripts until the conclusion of the competition.

Red Hen Press is committed to maintaining the utmost integrity of our awards. Judges shall recuse themselves from considering any manuscript where they recognize the work. In the event of recusal, a manuscript score previously assigned by the managing editor of the press will be substituted.


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