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Our third Apprentice Award mentor is Jamaican/British award-winning writer, editor and lecturer, Leone Ross. She was runner-up for the VS Pritchett Prize in 2010 and, in 2013, her short story collection, now entitled 'Come Let Us Sing Anyway', was shortlisted for Salt’s Scott Prize. The collection was shortlisted for The Edge Hill Prize in 2018. She works as a senior lecturer at the University of Roehampton in London. She has also judged short story competitions for Wimbledon BookFest and the Manchester Fiction Prize.
You can apply to mentored by Leone here: bit.ly/WFAA2019
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Our third Apprentice Award mentor is Jamaican/British award-winning writer, editor and lecturer, Leone Ross. She was runner-up for the VS Pritchett Prize in 2010 and, in 2013, her short story collection, now entitled Come Let Us Sing Anyway, was shortlisted for Salt’s Scott Prize. The collection was shortlisted for The Edge Hill Prize in 2018. She works as a senior lecturer at the University of Roehampton in London. She has also judged short story competitions for Wimbledon BookFest and the Manchester Fiction Prize.
You can apply to mentored by Leone here: bit.ly/WFAA2019

2 days ago

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Don't miss a new short story by Word Factory writer Adam Marek on Radio 4 today!

Tune in to hear 'Pale Blue Dots' at 3:45pm, or you can listen to it up to a month after broadcast: bbc.in/2Gpx96y

We've also published one of Adam's stories under our Guillemot Factory imprint. Buy your copy for Christmas here! bit.ly/2Bf5QWY

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Dont miss a new short story by Word Factory writer Adam Marek on Radio 4 today!

Tune in to hear Pale Blue Dots at 3:45pm, or you can listen to it up to a month after broadcast: https://bbc.in/2Gpx96y

Weve also published one of Adams stories under our Guillemot Factory imprint. Buy your copy for Christmas here! https://bit.ly/2Bf5QWY

Guillemot Press

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Thinking of applying for one of four free Word Factory Apprentice Awards this year? Check out this interview with Will Mackie, Senior Programme Manager at New Writing North, one our Apprentice partners.

Will project manages the Northern Writers’ Awards as well as its portfolio of prizes, including the Gordon Burn Prize. Here, Gaynor Jones, one of our Social Media Consultants, spoke to him about advice and tips when applying to awards and prizes.

Deadline for Apprentice Award is 7 Feb 2019! Read the interview here: bit.ly/2zZnsWX
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Thinking of applying for one of four free Word Factory Apprentice Awards this year? Check out this interview with Will Mackie, Senior Programme Manager at New Writing North, one our Apprentice partners.

Will project manages the Northern Writers’ Awards as well as its portfolio of prizes, including the Gordon Burn Prize. Here, Gaynor Jones, one of our Social Media Consultants, spoke to him about advice and tips when applying to awards and prizes.

Deadline for Apprentice Award is 7 Feb 2019! Read the interview here: https://bit.ly/2zZnsWX

 

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Will was my editor at Flambard Press, picked my first book to publish. I’ve been forever grateful to him for kickstarting my career. Great that you’re working with him.

Review: Reservoir by Jessie Greengrass

Posted on October 28th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

By Natalia Theodoridou

In Reservoir, Jessie Greengrass offers an intimate account of an apocalypse, one that comes quietly, in the form of a drought. It is this drought that forced the protagonist’s family to leave behind her childhood farm and move to the city. But with the reservoir that was built to supply the city with water failing and the city itself finally succumbing to thirst, the narrator, now thirty three, returns to her childhood landscape, ‘for want of anywhere else to go.’

Here, the history of her drought-induced displacement becomes entwined with an earlier one: Tucker, her family’s closest neighbour, used to tell her the story of how the valley was flooded to create the reservoir when he was young, and how his family was relocated to a new house by the dam. Young Tucker bore witness to the flood that consumed the valley, together with its six houses and a church, his family left to oversee their own extinction event. There is more…

Review: Defending the Pencil Factory, by Adam Marek

Posted on October 21st, 2018 by Eloise Wales

By Farhana Khalique

“Daryl is taking too long with the pencil sharpener, and all down the line we are sweating…” So begins Adam Marek’s short story, Defending the Pencil Factory, and so far you might think that it’s about plucky assembly line workers threatening industrial action. Or a group of school children about to take a test, who may or may not have beef with a boy called Daryl. The reality is far more unsettling.

For it soon transpires that they are youngsters, holed up in said factory, besieged by a hoard of monsters. Fortunately, the kids are karate students and have a chance of survival. Unfortunately, their attackers are evil personified, and they just keep on coming… There is more…

Short Story Club, 22nd September: Sylvia Wears Pink in the Underworld

Posted on October 12th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

Review by Susan Hodgetts

This month’s short story was bound to provoke intense discussion and divisive feeling among the short story club attendees. In Sylvia Wears Pink in the Underworld, the Canadian born writer Alison MacLeod imagines a happy ending for the late poet Sylvia Plath, who committed suicide in 1963.

Taken from her short story collection All the Beloved Ghosts, MacLeod offers us a mythical and romantic “corrective” fantasy to Sylvia’s earthly life.

In the story, an anonymous narrator (who one might reasonably assume is MacLeod herself, from references to shared Americanisms) visits Plath’s grave in Heptonstall, Yorkshire. The narrator then conjures up a supernatural conversation by holding a wine glass to the poet’s headstone. There is more…

A Conversation With Ingrid Persaud

Posted on October 7th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

Last week, Trinidadian writer Ingrid Persaud won the 13th BBC National Short Story Award 2018 for her short story ‘The Sweet Sop’. We were delighted to attend the awards ceremony at the University of Cambridge to see Ingrid accept the award, a prize of £15,000, and chat to her afterwards – almost immediately after she came off stage.

The story, about a young Trinidadian man reunited with his absent father, is one you haven’t read before. Chocolate takes precedent, as does grief and humour and loss. It’s written in Trinidadian dialect, and the beat of the story surfaces in secret sweet wrappers, bathroom calls about Kit Kat bars, and quiet odes to choosing how to die.

KJ Orr, part of the award judging panel and a mentor to one of The Word Factory’s Apprentices this year, commented: ‘This moving story about a father-son relationship is truly memorable – at once tender and ebullient, heartbreaking and full of humour. Here’s a writer who understands the compressed, conflicted potential of the short story.’

Previously a lawyer, Ingrid is not new to writing. But she admits that this is her first short story, and says she has always been preoccupied with the power of words, There is more…

A Word Factory Interview with Jessie Greengrass

Posted on October 7th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

By Rupert Dastur

Hi Jessie, thanks for answering a few questions for us. Firstly, congratulations on your new novel, Sight, which has been widely acclaimed. I read that before setting out on the marathon task, you Googled the minimum length of a novel and then divided it by weekdays in a year, setting yourself a target of 192 words a day to finish the novel. Do you have a similarly methodical approach to short stories?
Ha! The word count thing was quite specific to writing a novel, because having never done it before, and being more used to writing short stories, I found the idea very daunting. Sitting down with nothing at all and thinking that somehow I had to write an entire book was so overwhelming that I couldn’t find a way to start, and I needed to break it down into something that felt more manageable- whereas writing a novel felt impossible, writing 192 words every day for a year seemed almost easy. There is more…