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Welcome To Thresholds

December 12th 2016

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.

A Foreign World

January 16th 2017

SHAFIQAH SAMARASAM looks at the Pulitzer Prize-winning stories of Jhumpa Lahiri: 'Her magnificent stories will echo in the lives of many foreign people because of the strength of her portrayal of their lives…'

Feature Writing Competition 2017

January 11th 2017

WRITING COMPETITION: with a £500 first prize. You have until Sunday 05 March, 11:59pm (GMT) to submit your feature essays for the 2017 THRESHOLDS International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition…

Refugee Tales

January 9th 2017

HANNAH BROCKBANK recommends the anthology that explores the experiences of refugees and those who work with them, REFUGEE TALES: 'In tale after tale, physical environments are unforgiving and divisive. Conflicts are both physical and moral, and there is little resolution for the people described. The tales are challenging and resonate long after reading, not only because of their traumatic content, but also in the way they confront our attitudes and responsibilities to our fellow humans…'

An Interview with KJ Orr

January 4th 2017

KJ ORR, winner of the 2016 BBC National Short Story Award, speaks to us about her love of the short story form: 'Short stories ask the reader to pay attention: I love that. Put another way, they value the reader, the reader’s imagination, engagement and attention. I find this both moving and important – profoundly connective…'

Festive Story: Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Blue Carbuncle’

December 16th 2016

FESTIVE STORY: Rounding off the THRESHOLDS year, we bring you a festive treat in the form of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Christmassy short story 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle'…

Capote’s Christmas

December 12th 2016

ANUSHREE NANDE recommends Truman Capote's 'A Christmas Memory': 'Capote is a master of evocative simplicity that makes even the ordinary shine and sparkle until you feel like you know the characters intimately...'

Short Story Masterclass with… Kevin Barry

December 7th 2016

PODCAST: Jac Cattaneo talks with award-winning author Kevin Barry about the short story's lack of room for maneuver, the timing and rhythm of stories, mystery in your writing, and the relationship of memory to imagination…

Captain Knot

December 5th 2016

MIKE SMITH has a close look at Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's short story 'Captain Knot': 'Q is a straightforward writer in many ways, but his simple, accessible language carries subtleties of meaning that raise questions we, rather than he, are to answer...'

Defining the Ballardian

November 30th 2016

KATE KRAKE explores the mammoth influence of J.G. Ballard: 'We tremble at the draconian control of the Orwellian. We muse over the strange nightmares of the Kafkaesque. Some among us might even risk the dark, unknowable madness of the Lovecraftian. But what of the Ballardian…?'

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