The 2017 Viva la Novella V Shortlist

At the risk of sounding repetitive, we had another year of brilliant submissions for Viva la Novella this year. The novella remains an under-published form in this country and there are many talented Australian writers who refuse to be put off. In fact, they relish the opportunities the shorter length offers: the difficulty of collective first person, the formal challenge of mirroring a story from an alternate perspective or enlisting the vignette to generate pathos. These are just some of the methods and hallmarks of this year’s shortlist. 

It was a tall order for VLNV editor Genevieve Buzo and me but we have made the tough decisions. Allow us to introduce to you the five shortlisted authors and their works. Follow the links to read about their work. 


In alphabetical order:

Luke Horton The Peacock

Amy Nicholls-Diver Falling Asleep

Mirandi Riwoe The Fish Girl

Maree Spratt A Thousand Marbles

Stephen Wright A Second Life


Stay tuned, we will announce the winners at the end of the month. 

And thank you to everyone who entered, we love reading your work and seeing the range of excellent writing. It’s amazing to think that the competition is now in its fifth year – and in our fourth year of offering an editorial professional development stream as well. Thanks for your support.