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“The Busy Writer in February” – News and Opportunities

If you were to say that February is a bit meh, we would have agreed with you ordinarily. But Feb this year is going to be HUGE!! Here’s why…

Submit to this!

This is your last call, everybody! This is the award that has turned emerging writers into fully-fledged masters of the genre. This year, we have TWO places open. Read all the info and get your application in before 28 February!

One of the most highly-respected homes for short fiction have open submissions at the moment. Maybe submit if you’ve got something blindingly good? Definitely read the Moth to see what we mean by blindingly good.

The world is a better place with The Open Pen in it. If you have something thoughtful and brilliant or, as they put it ‘something to say’, submit to this excellent magazine. As with all submissions, read their stories first to make sure you’re on the right page.

 Buy this!

We make no apology that we made reference to George Saunders in last month’s  ‘Busy Writer’. This book is PHENOMENAL! If you want to know how Mr Saunders reads Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Gogol (and you should) then this book is everything you ever wanted.

Read this!

We are about to talk to short story genius, Colin Barrett, about this, one of our favourite ever stories. We recommend taking ten minutes to see how a writer can use voice to grip…

Interesting one this. Sotheby’s commissioned Sarah Hall (yes, Sarah Hall famed for, well, everything) to write a short story about a mahogany bed. Before reading it, you might want to look at the bed first and see where you’d take your story, then read Sarah’s story.

Listen to this!

The Mechanics Institute Review is a pretty hipster name for an excellent short story journal. They also do excellent podcasts (listen also to their ‘Author Not Present’ chats). Their latest episode is an illuminating talk with the judge and the winner of the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize.


Compiled by  Tom Conaghan.  If there is something you’re doing that Word Factory followers should know about, email him at tom@thewordfactory.tv


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