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 started this scheme in 2018. You can read about our first and second year Academy intake here. We reopened for submissions in 2020, supporting a further 6 writers in 2021. Read more here and you can also find out what they say about their experiences as part of the Academy in our Blog.

We’re delighted to announce, thanks to our funders, that we have appointed a further 6 Yorkshire writers to our Academy scheme who will be taking their places in January 2022.  Our six writers are Emily Walker, Lucy Brighton, John Biglands, Vicky Pointing, Lyn Towers, Kate Vine (see image). Read more about them 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.