When they’re hits, everyone loves novellas, those little books that can be read in one or two sittings. With word counts somewhere between a novel and a short story, novellas, with their reputation for poor return on investment, can be misfits for many publishers. It’s not easy to love losing money.
The following publications have identified novellas as their domain, which is quite a generous objective.
The Conium Review
Garden Gnome Publications (anthology series)
The Long Story
A Public Space
The Seattle Review
Also of interest
Barrelhouse will accept submissions of nonfiction with a word count of 18,000–35,000 until March 1, 2017.
John Fox offers a nice list of chapbook and book publishers, including some literary magazines, that publish novellas.
The Tor.com Novella Program is only occasionally open to submissions.
NewPages is in my RSS feed. It’s a good resource among many for writers who are submitting work to literary magazines. The site just announced the NewPages Magazine Webstore, an online storefront offering single issues of literary magazines. It is beautiful.
Prices for individual magazine issues in the webstore currently range from $4.50 to $18.95, plus tax and shipping. NewPages is shipping only to U.S. and Canadian addresses, but inquiries from customers in other countries are encouraged. I’m not affiliated in any way with NewPages.
If you’re just starting to submit creative writing to literary magazines, you should grab “The Writer’s Guide to Publishing in Literary Magazines and Entering Contests” by Ayelet Tsabari. It’s free. Tsabari’s certainly an example of the writers-are-generous-people meme. Do thank her, and don’t forget to pay it forward.
Another person to thank is John Fox, whose Ranking of Literary Journals links out to additional lists that use different selection criteria.
I’m gradually pruning defunct publications from my Delicious list of more than 4,000 that feature creative writing. By the time I finish updating the links, I’ll need to start over. By the way, I began updating from the far end of the list—the oldest links.