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Welcome To Thresholds

March 12th 2017

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum, with over 80,000 visits per year. Members can participate by joining our team of bloggers, entering into online discussions, and submitting material to Writing Exercises, Author Profiles, We Recommend and Discussions. Contact us at: thresholds@chi.ac.uk.

The 2017 Competition Longlist

March 23rd 2017

COMPETITION LONGLIST: We would like to congratulate the following writers whose work has been selected for the 2017 THRESHOLDS International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition longlist…

Abject Adaptation in The Thing

March 22nd 2017

Dr CHRIS MACHELL delves into the world of story adaptations in film as he explores The Thing and Peter Watts' short story 'The Things': 'Threading itself through film and literature as well as the bodies of its victims, The Thing renders culture itself as an abject body, absorbing, adapting and transforming.'

No Mean Feat

March 15th 2017

TRACY FELLS finds the weird, the wonderful, the down-right uncanny, and the harshness of reality in Melanie Whipman's collection Llama Sutra: 'To me, this collection should be read only for pleasure, but also for instruction. If you’re a fiction writer hoping to hook the interest of a competition judge then you should study this collection with an analytical eye, learn what makes a winning short story…'

Short Story Masterclass with… Alison MacLeod

March 8th 2017

PODCAST: In the third instalment of this series of Short Story Masterclass podcasts, Zoe Gilbert interviews award-winning author Alison MacLeod. In the podcast they discuss fiction and the here and now, 'what if' scenarios and holding a short story together…

The BBC National Short Story Award

March 1st 2017

DAVID FRANKEL has a look at the stories included in the 2016 BBC National Short Story Award Anthology: 'each presents us with a character with a crystal clear voice that carries us briefly but completely into their world...'

Our Epic Journey From Nothing to Nowhere

February 22nd 2017

JENNIFER HARVEY finds wondrous, imaginative melancholy in Cees Nooteboom's short story collection The Foxes Come At Night: 'Death is at the heart of this collection; it is the central idea upon which Nooteboom – as in so much of his writing – meditates. But it’s a philosophical focus that can put him at odds with some readers, and writers…'

You Already Know This

February 15th 2017

MORGAN OMOTOYE finds much to admire in 'Murderers' by Leonard Michaels: 'Michaels has skilfully succeeded in making us understand the narrator’s wanderlust, his craven desire for motion, velocity, escape from the spectre of death, but he has also made us feel slightly uneasy…'

Stories of Music and Nightfall

February 8th 2017

KATE LUNN-PIGULA discovers the harsh reality of Kazuo Ishiguro's short story collection, Nocturnes: 'it isn’t shocking or political or sexy … It is gentle and mature: not the crazy anecdotes of up-and-coming rock stars, but dejected notes of people who haven’t fully realised their adolescent dreams. It’s a coming-of-(middle)-age collection concerned with life’s smaller anxieties…'

Song of the Silent Snow

February 1st 2017

DAVID FRANKEL looks at Hubert Selby Jnr's uncompromising story collection, Song of the Silent Snow: ‘Each of the stories offers a startling and vivid glimpse into the character’s life, the voices ranging from no-nonsense accounts of hard lives to poetic internal monologues…’

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