One of the aims of the Northern Short Story Festival is to provide meaningful opportunities for development for short story writers in the region. Help and support for short story writers serious about mastering their craft are limited in the Yorkshire area, and it is part of the Festival’s aim to help provide those opportunities for development.

Our Academy Scheme is aimed at writers who have already shown some success in the short story realm, and who need support to develop and improve their work further.

We are delighted to announce that we are supporting a further 6 writers in 2021. Read more here.

Read about our first and second year Academy intake here.

We provide workshops and events at our main festival and pop-up events throughout the year. All of these are open to the general public.  To get more information about the Northern Short Story Festival and Leeds Big Bookend events, please sign up to our mailing list, or follow us on Twitter @NoShoSto or Facebook @NoShoStoFest. The Academy is supported by arts@Leeds, part of Leeds City Council, and The Walter Swan Trust.