Novella-in-Flash Experience

Michael Loveday is a creativity coach, editor, and a Visiting Lecturer at Bath Spa University, where he teaches and supervises students in flash fiction and prose poetry. He has provided editorial support and mentoring on over 25 published novellas-in-flash across a variety of leading publishers. His book Unlocking the Novella-in-Flash: from Blank Page to Finished Manuscript (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2022), the first ever complete craft guide to the form, won the Reader Views Literary Awards 2023 Silver Award for Writing/Publishing and was a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and International Book Awards 2023.

Michael was the judge for the 2019 and 2020 Bath Flash Fiction Novella-in-Flash Awards, and has given talks, workshops, interviews and chaired panel discussions on the novella-in-flash – including for the Flash Fiction Festival (2019, 2021, 2022 & 2023), the National Association of Writers in Education (2019), Novel Nights (2019), National Flash Fiction Day New Zealand (2021), London LitLab (2022 and 2023), and Sheffield Hallam University (2023). He has also hosted the free-to-join Novella-in-Flash Writers & Readers Facebook Group since 2021.

He has written numerous articles about the novella-in-flash / novel-in-flash, including a series about the history of the form for SmokeLong Quarterly magazine. Read Michael’s articles here.

Three Men on the Edge (V. Press, 2018)

Michael’s novella-in-flash sequence Three Men on the Edge (V. Press, 2018), which consists of three short, related novellas-in-flash, was shortlisted for the 2019 Saboteur Best Novella Award. Link

“A beautifully crafted novella-in-flash, small and perfect slices of life written with skill and heart.” (Kit de Waal)

Three Men on the Edge took me unawares and made a huge impression. To me it represents what the Republic of Consciousness Prize is all about. Denholm, Gus and Martyn are wonderful creations and Michael Loveday renders their world with great skill and empathy and subtlety.” (David Collard, chair of the judging panel, Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019)