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Latest news and articles from the Northern Short Story Festival!

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 […]

Meet Our Academicians: Rob Schofield

Every day this week, in advance of opening our submission window for 2021/22 we are profiling our 6 Academicians of 2020/2021. Meet Rob Schofield. I have been writing full time since receiving an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter in 2017. My story The Latest Draft of Me was highly commended by the judges of the Manchester Fiction Prize and another, Late Capitalism, appeared in The Blue […]

Meet Our Academicians: S.K. Perry

Every day this week, in advance of opening our submission window for 2021/22, we are profiling our 6 Academicians of 2020/2021. Meet S.K. Perry. I am the author of Let Me Be Like Water (Melville House), which was longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize, and selected for City Reads’ Big Read at the Brighton Festival. It is a lyric novel exploring grief in young adulthood, as well as food, sex, friendship, […]

Meet Our Academicians: Monica Dickson

Every day this week, in advance of opening our submission window for 2021/22 we are profiling our 6 Academicians of 2020/2021. Meet Monica Dickson. I write flash fiction and longer short stories. My work has been published in anthologies and lit mags such as Spelk, Dear Damsels, jmww, Anti-Heroin Chic, X-R-A-Y, and been broadcast on East Leeds FM. I’ve been longlisted for the Reflex Flash Fiction and Bath Flash Fiction awards, shortlisted for […]

Meet Our Academicians: Glenis Burgess

Every day this week, in advance of opening our submission window for 2021/22 we are profiling our 6 Academicians of 2020/2021. Meet Glenis Burgess. I’ve just finished a wonderful six months with the Northern Short Story Festival Academy; I feel I was so lucky in the other people on the Academy. I hope every year’s intake feels the same way. This year we had people with a wide range of […]

Meet Our Academicians: Lynn Bauman-Milner

Every day this week, in advance of opening our Academy submission window for 2021/22 next week, we are profiling our 6 Academicians of 2020/2021. First up is Lynn Bauman-Milner. I’ve been writing as a hobby for years; once I left teaching, I wrote to escape from the demons in my head. I enjoyed it so much, and after having a memorial essay published by Canada’s national newspaper, I decided to […]

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction – Prize Ceremony

We’re excited to be supporting The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction. There will be readings by the winner and runner-up of this year’s prize, plus 2021 judge and author Courttia Newland, hosted by Comma Press and us!  Join us for an evening of readings to celebrate the announcement of the winner and runner-up of the 2021 Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction. Hear from one of the 2021 judges […]