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Welcome To Thresholds

October 5th 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:


Opening the Black Box

October 19th 2016

RACHEL STEVENSON discovers how figurative language divulges meaning in Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery': 'The box, representing both tradition and death, makes Jackson's point clearly – to carry on with tradition and ritual equals death. This can be taken both literally, in the case of Tessie Hutchinson, the ‘winner’ of the Lottery, and figuratively, in the sense that if societies don't move on, they will be wiped out by progress…'


Back To The Reservoir

October 17th 2016

NICOLA DALY looks at the life and short stories of Janet Frame: 'Frame engages her audience by peppering the stories with both tragedy and humour and by using real characters and events to which the reader can relate…'


Editors Dos and Don’ts

October 14th 2016

GARY BUDDEN and GEORGE SANDISON, the editors of Unsung Stories – publishers of literary and ambitious speculative fiction – share their tips on submitting to literary journals and magazines, and how to accept that dreaded rejection letter.


A Turning Point

October 10th 2016

MIKE SMITH finds a pivotal turning point in Elizabeth Bowen's Collected Stories: 'I’m struck by a sense of Bowen’s trajectory being on a downward curve. Individual stories are strong, but the sense of an ending coming is stronger…'



October 5th 2016

DORA D'AGOSTINO recommends Laura van den Berg's short story 'Antarctica': 'As I read, I couldn’t help but think that, though years and continents may separate us, artists are still inspired by death, grief, heartache, loss, joy, surprise, birth, and everything in-between to create something new that speaks directly to us…'


John Fowles: A Rational Magic

October 3rd 2016

GEOFFREY HEPTONSTALL discusses John Fowles's often overlooked collection, The Ebony Tower: 'Fowles’s capacity for narrative invention indicates not only charisma, a secular magic, but also an extraordinary comprehension of the human.'


INTERVIEW with Jane Gardam

September 28th 2016

We are delighted to bring you this exclusive interview with JANE GARDAM, winner of the Charleston-Chichester Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction, recorded at the Small Wonder Short Story Festival last September…


The Road to Small Wonder

September 26th 2016

SHORT STORY FESTIVAL: This year, the Small Wonder Festival gets underway on Wednesday 28th September – grown from a long-weekend to a five-day celebration of the exquisite short story form…


When Planets Slip Their Tracks

September 21st 2016

JULIA ANDERSON tells us of her admiration for Joanna Campbell's 'When Planets Slip Their Tracks': "Every story in When Planets Slip Their Tracks is significant; there is nothing weak or wordy here...Every one of these twenty-four short stories tugged on all of my emotions..."

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