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 33 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. If you want a handy visual that shows the lengths of different fiction, check out my infographic on fiction length.

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.

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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  • 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.

      • E. G. Foutz / January 11, 2019 at 1:33 pm

        I appreciate that. In general, in all fields and mediums of art in this modern era, we are more concerned with producing than consuming, being heard rather than hearing. It’s inefficient and degrading to organic communities of thought.

    • Western Blood / January 25, 2020 at 9:51 am Reply

      being sad doesn’t make you artsy

  • 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.

  • Kossari / August 24, 2015 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Thank you so much. You’re brilliant. This is just what I needed. Too many “love it but we can’t market novellas” rejections had me hopeless until now.

  • Anthony Miller / September 10, 2015 at 3:23 pm Reply

    I’ve just sold a novella … I’ve always really wanted to write a short book and then I realised that you just could. There seem to be tonnes of online publishers for them now particularly in the horror/romance genres. Years ago when I used to send poetry out in the days of paper people used to say stuff like “if you can’t get published you’ve simply run out of stamps”. To an extent this is true … but the whole game seems to have changed enormously. You can now simultaneously submit to multiple people till you find someone who’s into what you are and wants to do it with you. In the old days there was one manuscript for everything and you had to wait 3-6 months for someone to physically post the rejected thing back to you … after that happened two or three times it was easy to lose enthusiasm to walk round to the post office again. The system of simultaneous submissions has made the whole thing so much slicker and more efficient. So the question now is not “can you get published” but “will anyone actually read it”?

    “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 doubt my writing is any of the last three words and don’t really care. It just is. People who don’t like that can get over it. I used to hate that about literary magazines. “We’ve published some important new work,” the editor would write proudly and I’d really feel like punching him in the teeth. But of course I wouldn’t because that would not be civilised. Of course I didn’t want to read many of the literary magzines I used to I just felt that I should because printing them was so uneconomic. Now everyone can be published and never read anyone else – it’s great!

  • Don Noel / January 20, 2016 at 4:35 pm Reply

    Thanks for doing the homework; I’d missed a few (and wish there were more ready for 40k!

  • Abe Aamidor / December 8, 2016 at 6:21 am Reply

    Novella-T has ceased publishing, as of November 2016. I’m one of their authors and they paid a final (small) royalty to me, so they were honest. The idea of sending out chapters in weekly installments was OK, but including all text in the body of emails to subscribers was a big mistake. Was harder to read, and looked unprofessional. Probably was done to save costs, but it’s like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Good luck to the publisher, though, in his future endeavors.

  • Johnny Ray Moore / February 26, 2017 at 11:52 pm Reply

    Are novellas ever written in verse?

    Johnny Ray Moore, poet & children’s author

    • Bookfox / February 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply


      There are certainly examples of book length poems. But it’s considered a poem rather than a novella.

  • Dan Abe / June 17, 2017 at 10:11 am Reply

    Why did you include Sandstone? They say on their submissions page that they do NOT accept novellas.

    • Bookfox / June 17, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      They probably changed what they wanted.

  • Herby Bowman / December 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm Reply

    Is there a market for Romantic/erotica novellas? A novella more on the romantic side, with some soft erotic scenes?

    • Bookfox / December 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply

      Hi Herby, Yes, there is definitely a market for those. I would recommend checking out my list of 40 Romance Publishers, and you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

  • Steve / January 26, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply

    I think Nouvella books is only an out of date website. Submissions are still accepted and never read.

  • Sandra / February 28, 2018 at 8:27 am Reply

    I have a novella ready to submit, but it’s 52,500 words and I see that most publishers have an upper limit of 50,000. Are they generally strict about that?

    • Bookfox / March 1, 2018 at 9:35 am Reply

      I’d recommend trying to sell it as a novel, then.

  • kathryn / March 9, 2018 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Excellent. Informative and complete. Plus humour! Now I will try to apply what I’ve learnt.

  • Forbes / October 14, 2018 at 12:02 am Reply

    Hello, currently attempting (hopefully) writing a novella on my life with borderline personality disorder. Is there a market for such? If not, how can i tweak it to fit where there is one

    • Bookfox / October 14, 2018 at 8:07 am Reply

      I think if you make it interesting enough, there would definitely be a market for it.

  • Donna L. Towle / October 15, 2018 at 8:16 am Reply

    I have written a non fiction novella of 46,000 words titled LIFE AS I KNOW IT, NOT AS I PLANNED IT or GOLDEN YEARS, MY ASS. It is written in first person from a few years before I retired, my retirement up to the present. I have tried to point out the humorous side of 4 hurricanes hitting my house in one month, breast cancer, mastectomy, five strokes in ten months, broken hip, physical rehab,the ongoing struggle to walk on my own again without a walker,typing with one hand after being able to type 140 words a minute before the strokes. I am loking for a market.

    • Bookfox / October 15, 2018 at 9:43 am Reply

      Sounds like this is a short memoir, Donna. I’d be happy to help you with developmental editing — which means I’ll give you feedback on how to improve the story (structure, plot, characterization, dialogue, etc). Check out my editing page.

  • Lauren Haynes / January 14, 2019 at 9:42 am Reply

    Galaxy Galloper Press is a new small press accepting novellas between 15,000 and 50,000 words for publication. I’d greatly appreciate it if you would add it to your list, John, and thank you for compiling these novella publishers for writers.

  • Lee Mitchell / April 17, 2019 at 7:50 am Reply

    I have a first book novella of a 3 book novella fantasy — 55000 words book one. Is it worth seeking a traditional publisher for the series, or self publish book one on Amazon and upload the 2 and 3 when complete?

    • Bookfox / April 17, 2019 at 12:32 pm Reply

      So for self-publishing, there’s lots of upsides: there’s no wait time, and you get complete control of the project (such as cover art and illustration), and there’s not that much of a cost if you do it all yourself. But … you have to do all the marketing yourself, and you don’t have anyone to guide you through the process, and you don’t have the cachet of being published by a traditional publisher. You should do self-publishing if you’re a real go-getter and you think you can get the word out there about your book.

      For traditional publishing, there are also many upsides: you would get an advance (money is nice!), they would handle all the proofreading, ISBN, illustrations, cover art, etc, and they would give you some guidance with how to do the marketing and promotion. But … it can be very, very hard to get an acceptance from an agent or from a publisher. Sometimes you have to send the story out for a year or two, submitting to a hundred outlets or more. Go this route if you have a lot of patience and you want the book to reach a wider audience.

  • Karen / August 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm Reply

    Hi, I am currently in the process of writing a novel so far I have 3 chapters approx 8500 words. It is part fiction part non-fiction plus I am hoping it will become more of book 1,2 etc.

    Can you advise please.

    • William-Stephen Taylor / January 9, 2020 at 3:47 am Reply

      Never pay to be published, and that includes contests. Try Writer for advice

  • William-Stephen Taylor / January 9, 2020 at 3:45 am Reply

    Why do you advocate submittable? The first rule of writing is: Never pay to be published.
    Are you getting a kick-back from them? Have you ever written anything, I doubt it.

    • Bookfox / January 9, 2020 at 6:18 am Reply

      1. Submittable doesn’t always charge fees. It depends on the lit mag whether they charge you for submitting through them.
      2. Ha ha ha! Yeah, I’m making crazy affiliate money through their non-existent kickback program.
      3. Google me.

    • robyn corum / March 10, 2020 at 3:05 pm Reply

      WST, I have been a writer for about thirty-five years and I PREACH that message to up-and-coming writers on a regular basis, but you have to understand what the message means at heart. Do not give your hard-earned money away when it’s unnecessary. Entering a contest OFTEN requires a fee. If you study the contest (or journal or magazine, etc.) well and understand what they are looking for so that you are not simply throwing your money away, that money can work for you. In the last few years, I’ve done well in contests – even won a nationwide flash fiction contest in 2017. There are costs involved in running those things and I’m not sure how folks expect contests to offer prizes otherwise. Good luck in your writing journeys~

  • Anastasia Case / August 30, 2020 at 4:58 am Reply

    Thank you… And thank you again! I was lost until I found this list.

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