It remains one of the paradoxes of publishing that while the popularity of essays and shortform writing (or longform journalism) multiplies online, short stories - as books or ebooks - remain one of the hardest sells around. Everyone seems to have time for the latest political thinkpiece or tech industry encomium, but few people spend a comparable time with short fiction.

Manchester-based Comma Press specialises in short stories, so this paradox is something it's interested in addressing. Comma has always been experimental, starting as an artists' group

UK literary site The Real Story, “a celebration of creative non-fiction” supported by you by Openstories, “a Manchester-based arts organisation that runs digital literature projects,” is looking for local non-fiction writers and prose poets for a series of nights or reading events devoted to the non-fiction writer’s craft. “Essayists, creative non-fictioneers, prose poets… we want to […]

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