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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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Cynan Jones reads from ‘The Dig’ at Word Factory #25

We’re delighted Word Factory friend, Cynan Jones has won this year’s BBC national short story award for his story The Edge of the Shoal, a thrilling tale of survival at sea and described by Eimear McBride “as perfect a short story as I’ve ever read”. Cynan Jones has previously won the Betty Trask award, the […]

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