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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 […]

This New North Shortlisted for Best Anthology in the Saboteur Awards 21. Please Vote!

We’re thrilled that Leeds literature has made the shortlist in 2 categories of the Saboteur Awards 21! Best Anthology for This New North and  Best Literary Festival for Leeds Lit Fest. We won Best Literary Festival last year and this is our third nomination and we’d love to win it again but can only do so if you vote. Voting closes this Wednesday (5th) at midday!  You only have to vote in THREE […]

This New North. Anthology Book Launch from the Northern Short Story Festival

We’re delighted to be launching This New North at Leeds Lit Fest on Wednesday 3 March 2021. Our new anthology showcases the range of writing talent in the North of England. 12 of the writers featured in this anthology are graduates of our Northern Short Story Festival Academy programme which has helped to develop the voices of brand-new short story writers based in the region, alongside stories by Litro fiction editor Barney Walsh, […]


Leeds Lit Fest is back and we are proud partners! Returning for its third year in the face of significant challenges and uncertainty, the city’s festival of words and thought could not be more needed. This year, with the world pivoted to digital in the face of the pandemic, the 6 days of Leeds Lit Fest take place entirely online with all but 2 workshops run on a Pay As […]

The Northern Short Story Festival Academy Announces Support For A Further 6 Yorkshire Writers

The Northern Short Story Festival Academy is delighted to announce that it will be supporting a further six short story writers from Yorkshire in 2021. These writers will join the 12 who were selected in 2018 when The Northern Short Story Festival Academy was launched. The Northern Short Story Festival Academy is a development programme aimed at helping short story writers in Yorkshire take their writing to the next level. […]

Comma Press, in partnership with the Northern Short Story Festival, launch horror anthology, The New Abject.

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with our friends at Comma Press to launch their new horror anthology, The New Abject on Wednesday 4 November at 7.30pm via Zoom. Book your tickets here. Something has fallen away. We have lost something of ourselves, our history, what we once were. That something, if we are to face it, look it squarely in the eyes, terrifies us, makes us wretched. This […]

SJ Bradley steps down as director of the Northern Short Story Festival

Dear Friends of the Northern Short Story Festival, After five years at the helm, I’ve recently made the decision to step down as director and programmer of the Northern Short Story Festival. In 2015, I saw the need for the North to have a festival celebrating this precise form. Our region was and is full of excellent shortform writers, and the excellent presses who publish them. My aim was always […]

Making Short Stories Pay with Dan Micklethwaite

In part one of ‘Making Short Stories Pay’, we asked Bluemoose Books Dan Micklethwaite, who writes short stories in a shed in West Yorkshire, and who has published over 50 pieces of published short fiction, including in international pro-paying markets, how an author might make a living from their craft. Part of the Northern Short Story’s online festival this year, part 2 of Making Short Stories Pay takes place on […]

Northern Short Story Festival celebrates its fifth birthday by heading online

This year, the Northern Short Story Festival celebrates its fifth birthday, and we want you to join us! For the first time ever, no matter where you are in the world, you will be able to come to the festival. That’s because this year, our Summer festival will take place online. So if you have a device and an internet connection, you’ll be able to access our programme of workshops, […]


  We are proud to be part of #LeedsSaysThanks: arts organisations saying thank you to those key workers who have risked their lives and given their best during this current pandemic to keep us all safe. As a voluntary run organisation, we at the Northern Short Story Festival know how much a person gives by going above and beyond. That’s why we’re offering any keyworker – whether they’re an NHS […]