Northern Short Story Festival Autumn programme: announcing FRIGHTFEST + more!

The Northern Short Story Festival is proud to announce its Autumn programme. With guided walks, workshops, Hallowe’en themed fancy dress, political writing and FRIGHTFEST minifestival to scare you silly, there’s plenty going on this October at the Northern Short Story Festival.             Saturday October 19th: Guided walk & Creative Writing workshop, Middleton Park with Richard Smyth (FREE) We are over the moon to be announcing […]

One Of The Girls by Flash Fiction Slam 2019 Winner Monica Dickson

The boys call her Wardy, like she’s one of the lads, a bit of a laugh. Maybe she’s leading a double life; they all fancy her anyway. They just ignore me, most of the time. Same goes for the teachers. Jane Ward’s intelligent and independent. I’m invisible. I do everything with my best mate, Carmen. We walk to school and tennis club and Guides and that keeps us on the […]

Sick Face, by Lynn Bauman-Milner

Did you ever have a day when you were just sick of your own face? It comes out of the blue: you see some random stranger and the face they wear is so perfect in proportion, complexion, structure, that you realise your face is a clunky mess in comparison: a Picasso to their Rossetti. And for half an hour, half a day, half a moment, you wish you had someone […]

Northern Short Story Festival 2019 in review by Andrew Tymms

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, (well, Yorkshire) there was a short fiction festival. Legend has it that this festival took place in Leeds once a year on a weekend in early June, in a theatre known as The Carriageworks. It was the Northern Short Story Festival and people came from far and wide to experience its many delights. Upon hearing about this momentous event, one […]

Northern Short Story Festival Tickets – Book Here!

Tickets for this year’s Festival are selling fast, and some workshops have already sold out. Have you got yours yet? Visit our Festival page on the Carriageworks Box Office website to book. Saturday Day Tickets are £30, for which you get 2x workshops, and 2x reading events. To book one of these, go to Carriageworks Box Office, add a morning workshop, We Were Strangers, an afternoon workshop, and Resist! Stories […]

Spotlight on Northern publishing

Next weeks’ Northern Short Story Festival will bring a selection of award-winning Northern publishers to our Festival Hub area (open all day on Saturday.) Ahead of our big festival weekend, festival intern Beth Lenderyou looked a little more in detail at some of the presses which will be with us all day. It can be easy to believe that the publishing industry is inaccessible and all but confined to London, […]

What makes good Flash Fiction? Our 2019 FFS judges tell us what they think.

So, you’re all set. You’ve got your ticket booked for our Flash Fiction Slam, you’ve got your story written, your nerves are set to ‘steel: strongest possible’, and you’re ready to compete for prizes that include publication, books, and a detailed critique from Strix editor SJ Bradley, not to mention a coveted place in our Flash Fiction Hall of Fame. Our Festival Team spoke to this year’s judges, Benjamin Judge […]

We Were Strangers: a distinctive, haunting collection that lingers long after reading

  We Were Strangers is a collection of ten short stories inspired by Joy Division’s debut album, Unknown Pleasures, which turns forty years old next month. The stories take on the album’s themes in a vast variety of settings and situations. Each piece is named after a track from the album and mirrors the music. It was an interesting experience to read them with the songs playing. Some take their […]

Friday 31st May: Flash Fiction Slam with judges Tania Hershman + Benjamin Judge

This year, we are incredibly proud to be bringing back our Flash Fiction Slam for the third year in a row. Take our challenge, and maybe you could end up in our Flash Fiction Hall of fame! This year, our slam judges are the legendary Tania Hershman, and brilliant Flash Fiction writer & performer Benjamin Judge. The rules are simple. Each contender has 5 minutes to read a complete story. […]

Northern Short Story Festival 2019 Programme Announced

  We are thrilled to announce this year’s Northern Short Story Festival programme. Taking place on Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June, the fourth Northern Short Story Festival takes place at Carriageworks Theatre. It has workshops, performances, social events, a Flash Fiction slam and a FREE “Blankety Blank” themed afterparty. There really is something for everyone! Tickets start at £4 / Free, with a Saturday day ticket (which gets […]