Frankenstein Project - Novella Contest 2018

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Frankenstein-Novella-Cover-orangeContestants are asked to write a novella using 1 or more of the following fundamental themes of the Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein:

  • The Other: disability, differences, and disenfranchisement
  • Humanity’s response to technology: creatively expanding horizons and possibilities; using technology to solve human problems.
  • Creativity and the responsibility for what has been created.
  • Vengeance and futility
  • Community: what it means to be human; what is the measure of humanity?

Submission Guidelines

  • This contest is open to any person currently living in Southeastern Minnesota/SELCO Library region.
  • One novella entry per author
  • Entries must be a work of fiction, with a minimum length of 20,000 words and a maximum length of 50,000 words.
  • Submissions must be double-spaced and typed in Times New Roman, in font size 12.
  • Entries must include a synopsis of 150 words or less of the novella.
  • Entries must be entirely your own work.
  • Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible.

Contest Information

  • Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging process.  Contact information should not appear on the submitted novella and synopsis documents.
  •  Go To Contest Entry Form ButtonA qualified panel of local judges will review all entries and select the contest winners.
  • The top 3 winners of the contest will be published in a Frankenstein Project anthology book. The book will also be published on the Rochester Public Library’s ebook catalog.
  • You will retain the copyright to your work.  By submitting your work you agree that should you finish as a winner or a runner-up, the Rochester Public Library will have the nonexclusive right  to publish the 3 winning stories in print and online.  The author may publish their work elsewhere after the contest has ended.
  • The winners will be notified via phone or email.
  • The winners will be announced at an April 2018 awards and book signing program.

Contest Sponsors

  • Friends of the Rochester Public Library
  • Rochester MN Writers Group


  • The winner of our novella contest will receive $1,000
  • 2 runners up will receive $500 each.

Contest Timeline

  • Entries accepted November 1, 2017 - Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • Review Process – March 5, 2018 – April 6, 2018
  • Winners Contacted – April 9, 2018
  • Anthology Layout and Production – April 6 – 27, 2018
  • Awards Ceremony, Anthology Book Signing – April 28 or 29, 2018