Tom Langshaw and I spent our summer holidays reading novellas and I'm pleased to report that this remains a vital form for Australian writing. We received over 100 entries that ranged from autoethnographic fiction to satire to spec-fic to interconnected rural short stories. We say this every year, and so it may sound like lip-service, but the standard is impressively high and the task of choosing winners is incredibly difficult. But the nature of competition says winners must be chosen and choose we did.
This year we are making the announcements in a different way. Rather than revealing the shortlist and then announcing the winners on publication we are instead announcing a list of highly commended works and we will be introducing the winners to you at the beginning of March. Their books will be published in August this year so you will have an opportunity to pre-order, and to follow the process of getting from submission to publication.
We are thrilled to name four highly commended works this year. They are:
You can get to know each of the writers better by clicking on the links above.
We're delighted to have such an accomplished group as our highly commended writers for Viva la Novella IV. I hope you'll join me in congratulating them.
This opportunity has been made possible by the support of IPEd and the NSW Society of Editors.