Long story short: the Novella Awards return!

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The popular Novella Awards are returning to the Cheshire campus in November.

The Novella Award is an international literary award biennially hosted between Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of Contemporary Arts and Liverpool John Moores University, partnered with Sandstone Press, Time to Read and NAWE.

A novella is a short novel or long short story. The prize awards £1,000 and publication with Sandstone Press for manuscripts between 20,000 to 40,000 words. Last year’s winner ‘The Harlequin’ by Nina Allan went on to receive national coverage and was longlisted for the Best Novella in the Saboteur Awards 2016.

The evening will begin with the launch of Words at Play, an experimental and interdisciplinary exploration and celebration of ‘off the page’ creative writing. This will feature slam-winning poets from the Axis Slam and exciting works from Manchester Metropolitan students.

In addition to the main prize, there will be awards for the winners of the 2016 Short Story Prizes, which have been a key development of this year’s programme. The team is excited to invite local schools and freelance writers onto campus to celebrate their work alongside the team’s own.

The awards will be presenters at the Axis Arts Centre in Crewe on November 24.

Free parking and light refreshments will be available on the night. Tickets are free but booking is essential via http://thenovellaaward.eventbrite.co.uk/.

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