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In 2014, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire Campus is launching the inaugural MMU Novella Award, the first iteration of what will become a bi-annual literary prize. The competition will conclude with a one-day Novella Festival at the Cheshire Campus consisting of readings, talks and panel discussions. Novelist Jenn Ashworth will front the judging panel and decide the winner after a team of internal readers whittles down the submissions to a shortlist.

How To Enter

Enter by using your credit or debit card here: you should receive an email notification with an order number. Then email your submission to including your order number. Alternatively, you can send a cheque for £15.00 to:

MMU Novella Award,
Cheshire Campus,
Crewe Green Road,
Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 5DU.

Please include a cover page with your name, address, telephone number and address, as well as the title and word count of your novella. If you are sending a cheque,you need to write your name and e-mail address on the back of the cheque so that we can catalogue it with your submission. Upon receipt, all entries will be assigned a number and made anonymous. Cheques should be made payable to Manchester Metropolitan University. If you would prefer to submit a hard copy instead of an electronic one, just post it with your payment to the address above. If you wish to receive acknowledgement of a hard copy entry, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. E-mailed entries will be acknowledged within a few days by a reply to your message.

Entries must be between 20,000 and 40,000 words long. The closing date for the competition is 23 May 2014. Terms and conditions apply.


After a team of internal readers whittles down the submissions to a shortlist of around 7 novellas, novelist Jenn Ashworth – who has agreed to front the judging panel – will decide the final winner.  More on Jenn Ashworth at

Our Partners

Sandstone Press: One of the UK’s leading independent publishers, Sandstone Press has agreed to publish and promote the winning novella. Sandstone’s accolades include twice being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Diana Beaumont: A member of the Rupert Heath Literary Agency, Diana Beaumont has agreed to give special consideration to signing the winning entrant.

Time To Read: A federation of 22 library authorities in the North West, Time To Read will be promoting both the Novella Award and the novella form itself through their various channels, including reading and writing groups.


The prize is for:

  • An unpublished novella between 20,000 and 40,000 words

The prize is:

  • £1,000 prize money
  • Publication through Sandstone Press
  • Author consideration by Diana Beaumont of Rupert Heath Literary Agency

Useful links

Creative Writing at Cheshire

Undergraduate programmes

Creative Writing has been taught at MMU in Cheshire since the 1970s. Our highly acclaimed programme is notable for its breadth and flexibility.

Postgraduate programmes

Since the turn of the century, writers have been studying with us for an MPhil or PhD largely made up of creative work: fiction, memoir, poetry and experimental writing.