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Write up of the March Short Story Club

Posted on July 6th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

By Karen Featherstone

In a session of contrasts, Irenosen Okojie’s short story, Gunk, taken from her collection Speak Gigantular, is a challenging read most of us agreed, and our lively discussion about it raised more questions than we could answer.

The “story” takes the form of a monologue written in the second person (we commented on how great it would be to hear this text read aloud, with different emphases and interpretations to bring out its nuances). There is more…

7/18: News & Opportunities Round-up

Posted on July 1st, 2018 by Eloise Wales

Compiled by Content Manager Eloise Wales from Associate Director Paul McVeigh’s blog. A monthly listing you can’t afford to miss. See the links below.

News & Resources

Short Story Deadlines

Flash Fiction


Other Literary Opportunities

Free Reads & Podcasts

2018 Word Factory Apprentice Award Winners Announced

Posted on June 17th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

It is a tremendous honour to welcome a wonderful group of writers to the Word Factory family – the winners of the 2018 Word Factory Apprentice Award. Please say hello to Georgina Aboud, Sharon Telfer, Natalie Theodoridou and Farhana Khalique – and to specially commended writers Stephanie Scott and Emily Ford.

I am particularly proud that the award – offering a place in the Word Factory community and year long mentorship – has created a new template for developing writing talent that other organisations have adopted. The award offers a whole year of mentorship and community of support focussed on great work – work that has won previous winners recognition in the literary world and . But “career success” is not the focus – quality of writing and collaborating with other writers is. The award has also demonstrated the strength, aliveness and diversity of British talent in the five years it has been running There is more…