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Post-truth and citizenship: read your work at the Word Factory

Here’s your chance to read your own work at a Word Factory event on Wednesday June 7, at Waterstones Piccadilly.

We’re looking for short stories of up to 2,000 words, which respond creatively to this year’s Word Factory manifesto:

Nationality, identity and belonging are among the most powerful and divisive concepts of our times. They also lie close to the heart of our humanity. How do writers respond truthfully in an increasingly fictionalised world? What can authors learn from each other in the “post-truth” world? And what can writers from diverse cultures offer each other and contemporary literature?

Entry deadline: 23:59 on Wednesday 26 April, 2017. Email entries to sophie@thewordfactory.tv with “Citizen short story” as the subject line.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Stories must be previously unpublished (in print or online).
  • Word length should be between 800-2,000 words. Please submit just one story
  • Stories must be received by 11.59pm on 26 April, 2017. Entries after this date unfortunately won’t be considered. There can’t be any amends after submission.
  • Please submit the story, attached in an email, as a Word document (.doc, .docx) or .rtf document, ideally with 1.5 or double spacing.
  • Please put your name and contact details at the bottom of your email but NOT on your story, as we prefer to judge anonymously.
  • Please confirm in your email submission that you will be available to read your work in London on June 7. We regret that we cannot pay for transport or accommodation.
  • Writers must be willing to potentially have their story published on the Word Factory website.