Novella-in-Flash Experience

Since 2018, Michael has provided editorial support and mentoring to over 25 published authors of novellas-in-flash, including many who have been listed in awards and competitions, across a variety of leading publishers (such as Ad Hoc Fiction, Hamish Hamilton, V. Press, Ellipsis Zine, Reflex Press, Flash: the International Short-Short Story Press). 

Michael is the author of the craft guide Unlocking the Novella-in-Flash: from Blank Page to Finished Manuscript (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2022), the first ever full road map for writing a novella-in-flash, which won the Reader Views Literary Awards 2023 Silver Award for Writing/Publishing. He was judge of the 2019 and 2020 Bath Flash Fiction Novella-in-Flash Awards. He has chaired panel discussions on the novella-in-flash at the 2019 Flash Fiction Festival and 2021 National Flash Fiction Day New Zealand, and has given talks and workshops about the form at the National Association of Writers in Education annual conference (2019), Novel Nights in Bristol (2019), London LitLab (2022 & 2023) and Sheffield Hallam University (2023).

He is a member of the team for the annual U.K. Flash Fiction Festival, where he has taught several workshops (2017-ongoing). He has also taught flash fiction/the short-short story at the Hastings Literary Festival and Malmesbury Festival,  through the American undergraduate overseas programme Advanced Studies in England,  and teaches flash fiction and prose poetry as a Visiting Lecturer at Bath Spa University, including supervising students one-to-one for extended flash fiction/prose poetry projects.

He has written several 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) and here (2022).

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)

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)