Holly Howitt writes fiction in the form of novels, novellas and microfiction, a slippery genre with fluid boundaries. Microfiction is also known as short short stories and flash fiction. You can read more about microfiction in Holly’s article for Short Fiction in Theory and Practice here

Holly has won prizes for her writing and has had work in anthologies as well as in magazines and online. Holly also writes non-fiction pieces, academic articles, and poetry.


The Schoolboy

The Schoolboy is a short novel (novella) which has been described as ‘not for the faint-hearted’. It deals with loss, lust and love, through the eyes of Nick Verse, a turbulent teenager. From Richard Gwyn: “exploration of a teenage boy’s inner violence and sexual rage with a finely-tuned ear for the nuances of spoken language and a superb eye for detail.”

Praise for The Schoolboy:

‘It is a remarkable piece of literary ventriloquism… The Schoolboy is a book that would blow many readers away and that I am sure none of them would forget.’

– Scott Pack

‘Purposeful and piercingly intelligent…a brilliant and shocking novella from a highly talented young writer.’

– Richard Gwyn

‘The Schoolboy…has such a raw creative energy. Holly Howitt is a talented and exciting writer who will go far.’

– Beth Macdougall



Holly’s short story ‘The Weather Man’ was published in Beacons (Oneworld, 2013).


Dinner Time and Other Stories

A collection of microfictions, Dinner Time and Other Stories is published by Cinnamon Press. The collection includes a series of inter-related stories and stand-alone pieces. The book is available to buy from,, and from good bookshops.


A Bit on the Side

Holly Howitt’s non-fiction work has been published in A Bit on the Side (2007), a collection of pieces examining sex, love, life and death.


The Final Theory and Other Stories

Her short short stories, or microfictions, have been published in The Leaf Books short short story anthology, The Final Theory and Other Stories (2006). One of her included stories, ‘Water’, won first prize in Leaf Books’ short short competition in 2006.