Join The Northern Short Story Festival and Comma Press for The Dinesh Allirajah 2022 Prize-giving

Featuring all eight shortlistees of the 2022 prize, crime writer and judge Karline Smith and a special appearance from 2021 winner Isha Karki. On the 25th of May 2022 join Comma Press and The Northern Short Story Festival online for The Dinesh Allirajah 2022 prize-giving. This year the shortlist has been passed on to a panel of esteemed judges including successful crime writer, Karline Smith; editor at Northodox Press, specialising […]

Vote for Leeds Lit Fest!

Leeds Lit Fest has been shortlisted for Best Literature Festival in the Saboteur Awards 2022. We won it in 2020 and have been shortlisted three times.   Thank you to everyone who voted us onto the shortlist for this national award. We need your help once again to win Best Literature Festival in the final voting round and we would really love to win it again.    Voting only takes a […]

In conversation with Comma Short Story Course alumnus Molly Aitken

Commas’ renowned short story course will land in Leeds this April. Let’s catch up with the past course participant to see what the fuss is about.   Comma Press is a small indie publisher based in Manchester. As well as publishing short stories and fiction in translation, Comma have grown their writer development opportunities, from the National Creative Writing Industry Day to Manchester in Translation. Their short story courses are […]

Leeds Lit Fest is Back! Join us from Saturday 26th Feb to Sunday 6th March

Back for a 4th year, Leeds Lit Fest celebrates Leeds’ thriving literature community, taking place from Saturday 26th Feb to Sunday 6th March, with local writers, performers and artists showcasing their talents across Leeds in 50 extraordinary events. The programme has something for everyone with comedy, cabaret, film screenings, art exhibitions, theatre performance, and creative workshops sitting alongside more traditional literary talks, book readings and poetry events for book lovers. This year’s […]

A Further 6 Yorkshire Writers Join The Northern Short Story Festival Academy 2022

The Northern Short Story Festival Academy is delighted to announce that a further 6 promising Yorkshire writers are to join its now well-established Academy programme in 2022. Since its inception in 2018 the Academy has been supporting and championing writers in Yorkshire, helping them to hone their craft through monthly workshops where they have the chance to read and critique each other’s short stories. The academicians work under the expert […]

Interview with Dead Relatives author Lucie McKnight Hardy

Lucie McKnight Hardy is a writer of novels and short stories. She has lived in Wales, Liverpool, Cardiff, Zurich and Bradford and is now based in Herefordshire with her family. McKnight Hardy spent her childhood in West Wales and is a Welsh Speaker. Rural Wales also formed the setting of her first novel Water Shall Refuse Them which was published in 2019 by Dead Ink. Set during the summer heatwave […]

Interview with Richard Smyth shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Award 2021

Richard Smyth has been a freelance writer since 2008. His journalism appears regularly in the Guardian, TLS, New Statesman, Literary Review, and New Humanist. He has published six books of non-fiction the most recent, An Indifference of Birds, by Uniform Books in 2020. His first novel Wild Ink was published by Dead Ink in 2014 and his most recent novel The Woodcock was published by Fairlight in 2021. In 2017 […]

4 fantastic events for you in partnership with our friends at Comma Press

We’ve got 4 fantastic events for you in partnership with our friends at Comma Press and supported by Truman Books. All online on Saturday 16th Oct. SOLD OUT. A two-hour short story and flash fiction writing workshop with author Divya Ghelani. £10. SOLD OUT. Our 2021 Academy Showcase, with guest author Lucie McKnight Hardy, hosted by Anna Chilvers. Free The launch of Comma’s latest Reading the City anthology, The Book […]

Our Academy is now open for your applications!

Applications for the Northern Short Story Academy 2021/2022 are now OPEN! From Monday 23 August – Thursday 30 September. The Academy is supported by arts@Leeds, part of Leeds City Council, and The Walter Swan Trust. Do you want to take your writing to the next level? This is a rare development opportunity for short story writers in the Yorkshire region. Places on the scheme will be limited. For details on how to […]

Meet Our Academicians: Hannah Walton-Hughes

Every day this week, in advance of opening our submission window for 2021/22 we are profiling our 6 Academicians of 2020/2021. Meet Hannah Walton-Hughes. I am nineteen, and have lived in York for most of my life. I attended The Mount School for the entirety of my Secondary education. I have loved writing and reading since I was very young; my all-time favourite author is Agatha Christie, and she strongly […]