It can seem like there is no place to publish your novella, but actually the opposite is true: the form is experiencing a revival. From Melville House’s “The Art of the Novella” series of classic novellas, to Big Fiction Magazine and Nouvella, there are more places than ever to publish your novelette or novella.

In fact, below I list 29 markets just waiting for your manuscript.

What is a novelette, you ask? Definition: a work usually under 15K words. Novellas, on the other hand, are anywhere from 15K – 50K, and short stories are generally less than 6K words.

The Atlantic Monthly has argued that novellas are staging a comeback, and Forbes has said that the ebook format has energized the novella form.

Readers tend to love novellas, because they have the accomplishment of reading a book but not have to devote too much energy or time to it, and writers tend to love novellas because it allows them more space than a short story but it isn’t as life-consuming as creating a weighty tome of a novel.

If you like this list, you might like some of the other lists I have here at Bookfox:

Below is a list of literary journals and publishers seeking novellas. There are novella contests, calls for novellas, and novella publishers. On each of them I specify the word count (if available). Since I get asked all the time about literary journals that allow you to submit novellas, I hope this helps.

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11 Comments

  • JRMcRae / July 29, 2012 at 1:49 am Reply

    Thank you, John, great articles and this is a very useful list! :)

  • Debbie Causevic / March 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for assembling this list. Very helpful indeed! :)

  • Nicholas Maync-Matsumoto / April 9, 2013 at 6:20 am Reply

    There seems to be an ocean of would-be-writers, judging by the sheer number of blogger sites set up in some sort of sense of supporting this enormous community. And I am reading some. And before that I read a lot of short fiction in the established and well-known magazines. And it’s always “Ah, that’s good” and then forgotten. And I cannot but wonder if there is such a large readership out there. But recently I get the feeling formula is much at work. As if technical writing is being done. Get a recipe (plot), all the (overly) standard tools of good phrasing and grammar (editors and slush processors tell us this is important), and all the approaches that will satisfy the average reader of short stories, you, know, with pleasant enough unfoldings and wonderful surprises spiced up with a bit of contemporary jargon though minus cliche. Has the readership been googled? Do we know “what readers want” and therefore endeavor to give it to them, like apps to iOS users? Everyone being so “productive?” Where is the writing that comes of pain and failure, of a lack of sexual orientation, of anger, frustration, of the road not chosen, of an absence of web presence? Anyone can do apps, and anyone “can” write now seems to be the bottom line. Get it out, be somebody, one with an opinion, advice on what to do and what not. Let’s hear your voice, too, use your potential, show yourself, if not naked, than in your writings; that’s what the Net is for. Self-promote, under so many guises. Beat your chest, upgrade your resume – who’s to know – and stream words. That’s my feeling for the bulk of contemporary writing. Truly nice, at best, but what the heck.
    Yea, someone please point me the other way. Yours truly.

    • bookfox / April 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm Reply

      I think it’s always dangerous to try to paint all of contemporary literature with one brush.

      But it sounds like you’re bored with realism, so I would recommend reading Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, and The Collagist. I’m sure most of the stories in those lit mags would not fall under your broadsword of criticism.

    • Nina Alvarez / September 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm Reply

      I think Nicholas is hitting on something much deeper than a criticism of current writing. It is a response to the sheer volume of what is being produced – especially compared to how many are actually reading – and more importantly, the general feeling out there it is good to produce, produce, produce. The problem with this focus on publication and production is that you have a lot of facile, mediocre work out there – and it is drowning out most of what may be original, new, needed.

      I think I can speak on this because I am a writing coach and much of my work is to cheer on writers, get them published, and tell them it’s worth their time – and their readers. But I’m actually, after four years, starting to really ask if this is true. Yes, writing a book helps develop a sense of self, accomplishment, and introspection that is good for the soul. But does every book need to be published? Does every would-be writer need to hawk their first try on twitter? Believe me, I am coming at this from the side of the people who drank the Kool-Aid and now I’m hoping that people actually start publishing less, working longer on their books, reading more.

      • dan / September 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        You bet, Nina, a very incisive comment and analysis. Not only is it a question of merit and relevance, but of resources, of trees. For godsakes people, go easy on the trees. Type, type, type away on the keys, but spare, oh dear, the trees. As the only books worth reading, ever, on paper, this eliminates, by necessity the would-bes.

  • Kerry / June 29, 2013 at 1:23 am Reply

    Just a note – “The Novella Project” closed up shop in January of 2013.

    But thank you for this fabulous list.

    • emsie / October 24, 2013 at 12:47 am Reply

      Carpe Articulum has also joined the heavenly choir.

  • Denise Calhoun / July 24, 2013 at 7:02 am Reply

    Thank you for compiling and sharing this info. You are a big ole organic New Mexico peach.

  • Chamois / August 28, 2013 at 5:33 am Reply

    You are an angel. I’ve wondered for quite some time who publishes novellas. I appreciate you for providing this handy list for reference.

  • Jen / August 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Great list! Thanks much for putting this together. I’ll add that the Idaho Review has published at least one novella, and Camera Obscura states that it will consider publishing them.

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