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London’s Word Factory is the national organisation for short story excellence. Run by writers, not for profit but for passion. Word Factory is for everyone who loves stories, bringing brilliant writers and readers together for conversation and fun. Meet our authors, join our masterclasses and make use of our advice, news and information.

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Paul McVeigh wins Polari First Book Prize

Huge celebrations tonight as Word Factory associate director Paul McVeigh wins the Polari First Book Prize at an award ceremony in London with his superb debut novel, The Good Son. The prize is awarded annually for a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction – a recognition […]

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