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A very Happy Easter from all the Word Factory team!

And we've got something for that post-chocolate slump: short stories, essays, interviews and the best new competitions on our round-up! bit.ly/2I2sHuP

Why not enter Ad Hoc Fiction's weekly flash competition? The winning entry receives a free entry to this year's Bath Flash Fiction Award: bit.ly/2DoYgLb
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A very Happy Easter from all the Word Factory team!

And weve got something for that post-chocolate slump: short stories, essays, interviews and the best new competitions on our round-up! https://bit.ly/2I2sHuP

Why not enter Ad Hoc Fictions weekly flash competition? The winning entry receives a free entry to this years Bath Flash Fiction Award: https://bit.ly/2DoYgLb

Don’t Miss This High-Spirited Launch

Posted on February 10th, 2019 by Eloise Wales

To alcohol – the cause of, and answer to, all of life’s problems.’

Homer Simpson may seem an unlikely character to provide the epigraph to a short story collection, yet it is his suitably felicitous words that welcome readers to High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories, an anthology of drunken tales written on or about the bottle. Edited by Karen Stevens and Jonathan Taylor – who compose an engaging and informative introduction tracing the various links between alcohol and writing, as well as each contributing pieces of their own – this collection of contemporary stories is full of both the pleasure and pain of drinking.

The anthology opens with Jenn Ashworth’s ‘Jackie Kennedy and the Widow’, in which a woman chronicles, drink by drink, the hours after her husband’s funeral, her attempts at channeling the elegance and dignity of Jackie Kennedy following JFK’s assassination growing ever more futile. As the sun rises the next morning, she wakes alone on a park bench, quietly consoled that, just as ‘Jackie wouldn’t cry’ she herself has not shed a tear. There is more…

Apprentice Award Deadline February 7

Posted on February 6th, 2019 by Eloise Wales

Apprentice Award 2019 Photo of Judges & Mentors

Entries to Word Factory Apprentice Award Application 2019/2020 close on February 7th.

We are seeking four emerging short story writers to be individually mentored by leading authors for FREE as part of our renowned Word Factory Apprentice Award running from July 2019-March 2020.

The chosen writers will be talented, supportive of our inclusive ethos and willing to participate in our activities. They will have access to our events and masterclasses — a programme offering creative inspiration, writer development and collaboration between leading and emerging writers. There is more…

2/19: News & Opportunities Round-up

Posted on February 1st, 2019 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

Interview with Ingrid Persaud, winner of the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award

Posted on January 28th, 2019 by Eloise Wales

Ingrid Persaud’s first short story, The Sweet Sop – about a dying father in Trinidad whose son brings him clandestine confectionary – won last year’s prestigious award. Here, she talks about chocolate as an instrument of death and love, how this story was the first she ever wrote – and what she’ll do with her £15,000 prize money.

The Sweet Sop is an incredibly powerful and funny story. Where did the inspiration for it come from? Had it been brewing in you for a long time?
Ultimately, writers write for themselves. Writing is my way of investigating and problem solving. I was processing the deaths of my father and my father-in-law – what it means to have a “good” death and the pain of grief. These issues will probably spill over into other writing. This story happened fairly quickly – three weeks from start to finish. I wanted to use humour and chocolate (which I love), to tell a difficult story. My research turned up loads of death by chocolate incidents, including a story about a spy poisoned by Belgian chocolates laced with arsenic. I ran with the idea of chocolate as an instrument of death, of love, of regret, of memory and maybe redemption. There is more…

1/19: News & Opportunities Round-up

Posted on January 1st, 2019 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