What is a Novella-in-Flash? – Useful Links

The simplest answer is that a novella-in-flash is a short novel that’s composed of linked but individual short-short stories – each section / chapter / story is up to 1,000 words each. Classic examples of the form include Gwendolyn Brooks’s Maud Martha (1953) Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street (1984), and Justin Torres’s We The Animals (2011). Longer works in this form are called novels-in-flash or sometimes “flash novels”. 

For more information have a read of the following:

Meg Pokrass on writing her novella-in-flash, ‘Here, Where We Live’

Sophie Van Llewyn on writing her novella-in-flash, ‘Bottled Goods’

Essay introducing 12 classic Novellas-in-Flash

Michael Loveday on the novella-in-flash

Interviews with Winners and Runners-Up of the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award:


Ellie Walsh on ‘Birds with Horse Hearts’


Luke Whisnant on ‘In the Debris Field’

Victoria Melekian on ‘A Slow Boat to Finland’

Jack Remiel Cottrell on ‘Latter Day Saints’


Charmaine Wilkerson on ‘How to Make a Window Snake’

Joanna Campbell on ‘A Safer Way to Fall’

Ingrid Jendrzejewski on ‘Things I Dream About When I’m Not Sleeping’