Submissions of Novellas

Our novella submission window is closed. We were often asked what our ideal length for a novella should be, and it is a good question. Our minimum length for submission of novellas was 7,000 words, although ideally a novella will be 20,000 to 40,000 words.

Send queries to


ambrose @ leamingtonbooks.com




How Long is a Novella?

Here are the word counts of some great novellas:


  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark - - 41,325 words
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell - - 27,695 words
  • Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival by Velma Wallis - - 19,558 words
  • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald - - 35,670
  • Phaniyamma by MK Indira - -35,000 words
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - - 48,140 words
  • Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx - - 9,135 words





Leamington Books is a Scottish publisher but when our submissions are open, we accept manuscripts in English (and Scots) from anywhere in the world.

Please don't let anything hold your writing back in 2021!


Peter Burnett

Leamington Books





The cover art used on this page to represent the art of the novella features jacket images all taken from each item's relevant listing on Good Reads.