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“The national organisation supporting excellence in short fiction” – The Guardian

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Courses & Events

Join us at masterclasses,
salons, short story club & more

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Readings & Conversation

with some of the world's
best short story writers

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What’s The Story? 

Word Factory creates literary excellence and long-term relationships supporting the next generation of short story writers. We are a team of writers with a track record in securing national reputation, publication and representation for those we work with.

Submit to the Word Factory
Apprentice Awards 2023/4

This is your chance to join the distinguished Word Factory Apprentice Award alumnae.

We are delighted to announce forthcoming dates for submission to the Word Factory Apprentice Awards 2023/4  – a unique award programme offering one-on-one mentorship and creative development to emerging short story writers. 

This year we will be offering two nine-month long mentorships – one open to emerging short story writers in the north of England and another exciting new project supporting an emerging short story writer whose work makes a significant political impact, open to writers throughout the UK.
Read more here.

Read more about the Word Factory Political Short Story Award

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Up close and personal with leading writers and their stories. An archive of intimate, insightful conversations into the art of short story writing.

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A L Kennedy
AL Kennedy

Cathy Galvin has created a remarkable community of writers around the Word Factory. Events and classes are inspiring.

Nikesh Shukla

Word Factory’s Citizen Festival was a brilliant literary state of the nation showcasing. With words as a weapon, and with platforms such as Citizen, we can affect change together.