Word Factory Apprenticeship

Join the Word Factory for readings, conversation, masterclasses and publication with the most inspiring short fiction writers. 2016 is going to be an exciting year, and here’s how you can get involved.

The Word Factory Apprenticeship 2016

Apprentice2016Word Factory is accepting applications for our 2016 apprentice scheme. We have places for four writers and will, this year, seek at least one applicant from the north of England and one from a BAME background. Applicants must be over 18, serious about developing their short story writing and passionate about working with the Word Factory team. The mentors are Ailsa Cox, Jacob Ross, Paul McVeigh & Vanessa Gebbie.

Deadline is 15th January 2016. Full details on how to enter here.


Word Factory Membership – Fellow and Friends
Become a Word Factory Fellow or Friend and enjoy priority booking and other exclusive offers.

fellowTo help you make the most of the dynamic Word Factory programme of interlinked salons, classes and other events throughout 2016 – featuring unmissable writers including Marina Warner, A.L.Kennedy, Tobias Wolff, Neil Gaiman and Tracy Chevalier, we would love to offer you access to our exclusive Word Factory Friendship Scheme.

The scheme is of particular value to writers who, in coming to our club, salon and classes, are being inspired in their work by some of the most accomplished writers in the world.

By becoming a Fellow or Friend, you are also helping the sustainability of the only organisation in the UK promoting and supporting quality short story writing – a unique not-for-profit literary company run by and for writers.

Find out about being a Friend or a Fellow.


Year of Sublime Women

SublimeWomenMarina Warner, Helen Simpson, A.L. Kennedy, Tracy Chevalier, Helen Dunmore, Tobias Wolff, Kirsty Gunn, Deborah Levy, Neil Gaiman, Janice Galloway, Sarah Hall, David Constantine, Michele Roberts, Tessa Hadley, David Vann and many more Word Factory friends are joining us in a long overdue celebration of female short story writers.

Throughout 2016, they will be reading work by their favourite female writers, giving exclusive salons and lectures, and from this exciting literary platform we will be asking you to produce work inspired by our events.

Whether you want to savour the conversation or take up your pen and write a story inspired by Angela Carter, Alice Munro, Jean Rhys, Muriel Spark, Katherine Mansfield or Flannery O’Connor, we will find a space for you.

Full details of the classes and talks, content, class size and price, can be found on our events page.

February is ‘Otherworldly Originals Month’ at Short Story Sunday!

February signals the launch of the Short Story Sunday ‘Otherworldly Originals Month’a quartet of quirky, distinctive and original stories from a range of authors.

The programme starts with ‘Attitude Magazine’ Books Editor Will Davis who has penned a beautifully creative story about a lonely sea monster. Will’s short story ‘I Eat Peopleis live on Short Story Sunday on Sunday 1st February.

Short Story Sunday January Roundup

January saw the site publish a diverse range of original stories from talented authors including:

If you haven’t had a chance to read these yet please do – and do remember to share your thoughts on the site or via twitter @storiesonsunday!

Our Member’s Club Launches in March…

We are pleased to (finally!) announce that the Short Story Sunday Member’s Club is launching in March 2015. We are working on a member voting system so that you members can vote for their ‘Story of the Month’ with prizes for both the Author behind the story and the Member who posts the most engaging feedback on a story.

Short Story Sunday Club hits 150 Members

We are pleased to announced that in January, the Short Story Sunday Club signed up our 150th member – a good sign that people are still getting excited about short stories…

A new story every Sunday at www.shortstorysunday.com

Follow us: @storiesonsunday