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Comma Press

Established in 2002, Comma Press is a not-for-profit publishing organisation based in Manchester. Comma pours its efforts into promoting new fiction and poetry, particularly in the form of short stories. Its non-commercial model allows it the license to publish challenging literature without the constraints under which most publishing houses operate.

Comma believes that UK publishers have been slow to cherish the uniqueness of short stories. Comma’s relationship with this form began with the compilation of anthologies of stories centring on northern English cities. The company produce biannual showcases of new talent, as well as regular genre anthologies.

The success of the company led to it expanding into translation imprint, bringing hitherto unknown foreign writers into the British market, beginning with four translation anthologies covering Europe and the Middle East. Comma also produce film adaptations of their short stories through their project Comma Film.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £72,033
  • 2013-2014: £62,883
  • 2014-2015: £50,092

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manchester book market - Penultimate

Spoken word poetry hip-hop crew Penultimate at the Manchester Book Market, July 2009. With Ben Mellor, Lucidity and Martin Stannage

Penultimate feat Lucidity @ Manchester Book Market 2007 - Same Old Shit

Penultimate feat Lucidity - spoken word hip-hop poetry crew, live in Manchester. Spot the comedy moment at 2.58. As I pan round the crowd I have to swap hands on the tripod just as an attractive woman comes into shot. Looks like it lingers on her intentionally but wasn't, honest guv.

Hassan Blasim discusses his short story collection

Iraqi exile, film-maker, poet and short story writer discusses his new short story collection The Madman of Freedom Square, published by Comma Press in 2009, with translator Jonathan Wright. The sound quality is poor, but what Hassan says is fascinating, if you persevere. Start at 1.14 if you're not an Arabic speaker.

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11 Solmame House, 7
Union Street

M4 1PB

53.483421, -2.23625

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