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The Busy Writer in January: News and Opportunities

We didn’t really feel that we got to grips with 2021. Hopefully we’ll do better with 2022. To help you get involved with January, try these on for size!

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Scratch Books is the publisher we’ve been waiting for! A small press dedicated to the craft of the short story. Their first book, REVERSE ENGINEERING reads like a who’s who of brilliant writers. They publish a Scratch Classic weekly on their site. Follow them here! 
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The Stinging Fly is the brilliant! As well as launching the careers of Wendy Erskine, Colin Barrett, Sally Rooney and others, it is still committed to publishing work from new writers. They will be accepting submissions very soon for a special New Writers issue. Keep refreshing this page!  
A great competition to showcase your work and earn a little money! Submissions window shuts 28 February! 
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It’s rare that a month goes by at The Busy Writer without some mention of George Saunders. This month is a mega-doozie as he’s just started a substack post so you can mainline purest Saunders. We thought we’d pop in for a few minutes, but he’s such amazing company, we spend long hours with him!

Eley Williams is not only one of the greatest British story writers of recent years, she is also the nicest person in the world! This piece combines both superpowers in one overwhelmingly lovely and edifying interview!

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This is a really exciting idea. The Stinging Fly gave four brilliant writers one night to write a story. At 7pm they received their prompt. At 7am they had to submit their story. Which is fascinating enough. In this podcast, the editor, Thomas Morris, talks to the writers about this rather unique experience… 


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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