Michael has provided editorial support and mentoring to a number of writers prior to the publication of their novellas, across a variety of the leading flash fiction publishers (Ad Hoc Fiction, V. Press, Ellipsis Zine, Flash: the International Short-Short Story Press).
Testimonials from novella-in-flash clients:
“Thank you, Michael, for taking the time to read my novella-in-flash. You made some very astute observations and drew my attention to areas I needed to work on. Even though it had been shortlisted at the Bath Novella-in-Flash competition, I felt myself that it needed work, but couldn’t put my finger on it. Your expert editorial eye picked up on the issues. What I loved is that you worded your critique in such a way that you forced me to ask myself questions and to ultimately come up with the answers. You are really good at that! With your help I wrote 3 or 4 more flashes, including one that really nailed what the novella was all about. And the result? Forthcoming publication at Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press! I can’t thank you enough and will definitely work with you in the future.” (Debbi Voisey)
“I received my annotated manuscript back quickly. A summary page of common errors helped me to digest repeating patterns or areas for improvement. Each note within the main text was clear and precise. A structural suggestion for the novella as a whole added clarity… I have already amended some of my writing practice. As someone with no educational background in English literature and language past the age of sixteen, I learnt a significant amount to help my writing in the future…” (Stephanie Hutton. In 2019 this novella-in-flash (‘Three Sisters of Stone’) won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella)
“Michael’s comments helped me to identify the gaps in character motivation, the function of all my characters in relation to the protagonist’s emotional arc, and to reconsider the way imagery worked across my novella-in-flash. His skill at identifying ineffective sentences was also invaluable. He was supportive, and I greatly appreciated his non-prescriptive tone.” (Jeanette Sheppard)
“Michael has been a sensitive and insightful reader of my work. He gave me much to think about, particularly in terms of character and motivation, which helped me to approach my manuscript afresh and with renewed enthusiasm. His gentle comments and questions are always on point, and his suggestions for further reading extremely useful. I thoroughly recommend Michael as an exceptional tutor in creative writing.” (Deborah T.)
Other novella-in-flash experience:
Michael was judge of the 2019 and 2020 Bath Flash Fiction Novella-in-Flash Awards and is a member of the team for the annual U.K. Flash Fiction Festival.
He chaired a panel discussion on the novella-in-flash at the 2019 Flash Fiction Festival and has given talks and workshops about the topic at the National Association of Writers in Education annual conference (2019) and Novel Nights in Bristol (2019). He has taught flash fiction at the Flash Fiction Festival in Bath and Bristol; Hastings Literary Festival and Malmesbury Festival; through the American undergraduate overseas programme Advanced Studies in England; and as a Specialist Visiting Lecturer at Bath Spa University.
He has twice written articles about the novella-in-flash / novel-in-flash for SmokeLong Quarterly magazine. Read Michael’s articles here (published in 2018) and here (an article in three parts, published in 2020).
Michael’s own novella-in-flash publication:
Michael’s novella-in-flash sequence Three Men on the Edge consists of three short, related novellas-in-flash, and is published by V. Press (2018). It 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, author of My Name is Leon and The Trick of Time)
“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)
“Michael Loveday’s Three Men on the Edge (V. Press, 2018), reminds me of why I love the novella-in-flash form.” (Charmaine Wilkerson, author of How To Make A Window Snake, winner of the 2017 Bath Novella-in-Flash Award and 2018 Saboteur Award for Best Novella)
“Michael Loveday is a name to watch. He’s writing a new kind of fiction.” (David Swann, author of The Privilege of Rain, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry)