Comma awarded National Portfolio Organisation funding from Arts Council England

We are delighted to have been included in Arts Council England’s list of National Portfolio-funded organizations for the second time, seeing our grant increase by 15% from £72K to £83,160 per annum.


We will use the grant to continue our multi-award-winning publishing programme, offering development opportunities for writers and translators from around the world, and fostering intercultural dialogue and creative excellence in the short story form. The funding will also enable us to support more aspiring writers in the North of England through an increase in creative writing courses and the continuation of their annual writing fair in Manchester (returning to MMU on the 3rd November).


The uplift in funding will also support the continuation and expansion of our work with the Northern Fiction Alliance, providing more training and international showcasing opportunities for publishers. We will also use the funding to launch a new annual cross-company mentorship scheme that will connect Northern publishing professionals with industry experts and peers outside of the region.


Other Northern Fiction Alliance members who were successful in securing funding include And Other Stories (High Wycombe/Sheffield) and Peepal Tree Press (Leeds).


Ra Page, publisher said: 'It's a huge honour (as well as a relief!) to see our work recognised in this way - not just its publishing but also its writer development work, its investment in new ways of commissioning and collaborating, and its promotion of other publishers across the North. At a personal level, it feels like our most important step so far, having built up an incredible team, here in Manchester - one that I feel, for its size, can rival any publishing house in the UK.'


Read more about Northern publishing receiving a boost in funding in The Bookseller.