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The Busy Writer in June: News and Opportunities

We can all start casting our clouts now. Which could go any number of ways. So, keep them at least handy for June’s fantastic list of things to partake of!

Submit to this!

The Boiler Journal has an admirable commitment to amplifying under-represented voices, which is brilliant for everyone.

Ambit Magazine’s Annual Competition has the theme of Metamorphosis. It is open until 1 July. It guarantees publication in the October issue of Ambit so redraft your story, redraft it again, hide it from yourself, redraft a few more times, and then submit!


Book this!

Cynan Jones is a magnificent author. He’s won pretty much everything and is a brilliant creative writing teacher to boot. He’s running this course with us on June 26th. Sign up here!

David Vann is an Alaskan teaching in Warwick, with stories published in The New Yorker.  We have snagged a morning of his time on 20th July. I’ve booked my place already so see you there…

Read this!

Irenosen Okojie writes exhilarating pieces of mind-warping brilliance. But how, you may ask! All is revealed in this month’s The Word Factory’s craft interview.

Louise Kennedy’s fantastic collection The End of the World is a Cul de sac is just out now. If you want a taste of why people love it so much, read this story in the Irish Times. Also go to Medium to read our Lily’s interview with her.

Listen to this!

Literary Friction is always a brilliant podcast. Its two presenters are amazing, thoughtful and honest people. This last month they were joined by The Word Factory crush Leone Ross, whose magnificence is like a tsunami.

This is a beautiful short story, so clever and subtle it is only at its end you can see its immense artistry.


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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