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“The Busy Writer in January” – News and Opportunities

New Year. New… whatever you fancy. There’s something about the turning seasons (and vaccines) that lends itself to a hopeful outlook. With greater power to our elbows, here’s a list of things we recommend you try this month!

Submit to this!

This is it, ladies and gentlemen! 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 18 February!

 Learn about this!

Having won our Word Factory Apprentice Award last year, Clare Howdle had the opportunity to be mentored by Chris Power. Here are five things she learnt.

Polymath writer (and Word Factory friend) Courttia Newland gives a really insightful and personal interview with The Guardian. We are really looking forward to A River Called Time and his forthcoming book of short stories Cosmogramma!

Read this!

This year, we will be interviewing Chris Power about this brilliant short story, which Faber have posted on their website. Read it, then read his collection, Mothers…

Ukrainian born, Brazilian Clarice Lispector wrote the most marvellous short stories. Here is the Paris Review interview with her on the hundredth anniversary of her birth…

Just as the year ends, this a great chance to read the six stories shortlisted by The White Review for their 2020 prize.

Listen to this!

Short story supremo George Saunders’ magnificent new parody of hell and religion and how we live now…



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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