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Welcome To Thresholds

May 15th 2018

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum, with hundreds of thousands of visits since the site's creation in 2010. 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.

Enough to Drive Anyone Mad

May 23rd 2018

ROSEMARY GEMMELL looks at Charlotte Perkins Gilman's classic short story, 'The Yellow Wallpaper': 'When a work of fiction receives the comment that "such a story ought not to be written", it surely begs the reader to find out why, especially when the critic claims "it was enough to drive anyone mad".'

Hemingway’s Secret

May 21st 2018

Shortlisted in the 2018 Feature Writing Competition PETER JORDAN examines the influence of dyslexia and the paintings of Cezanne on the short stories of Ernest Hemingway: ‘The defining qualities of Hemingway’s minimalist writing — short sentences, short paragraphs, the short concrete word over its longer equivalent, mistrust of subordinate clauses, omission, and suggestion — here perfectly characterise dyslexic writing…’

A Spy of The Mind

May 16th 2018

Shortlisted in the 2018 Feature Writing Competition NICOLE MANSOUR looks at the short fiction of Sam Shepard: ‘His words evoke anticipation, the unknown that lies ahead of all of us. To me they also suggest something of the power of the present moment, about not tying oneself too tightly to any one of those loose ends but rather letting oneself simply unravel in whatever way fate intends…’

The Cold Eye of Mary Mccarthy

May 14th 2018

Shortlisted in the 2018 Feature Writing Competition SAM REESE looks at the short fiction of Mary McCarthy: ‘Well aware of the relationship between narrative and identity, McCarthy uses the vital compression of the short story form as a way to offer an alternative view of the roles available to contemporary women…’

The Tyranny of History

May 9th 2018

FARAH AHAMED, runner-up in the 2018 Feature Writing Competition, explores the shifting nature of political and historical events in short stories by R.K. Narayan and Ivan Vladislavic: ‘Every society feels it has evolved a greater understanding of a truth and seeks to entrench this belief, forgetting that in time new realisations will lead to a new dismantling, discarding and repositioning to find a hard-won balance that will also prove temporary…’

The Playboy and The Bog Man

May 7th 2018

ERINNA METTLER, runner-up in the 2018 Feature Writing Competition, recommends Margaret Atwood’s short story, ‘The Bog Man.’: ‘I believe the key to Atwood’s pact with the horny old devil lies in the notion of the ideal reader; the persona all writers have in mind when they commit pen to paper…’

Meditations on Motherhood

May 2nd 2018

FIRST PLACE: ‘Meditations On Motherhood’ by KATE FINEGAN – the winning essay in the 2018 THRESHOLDS International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition…

Seriously, Don’t Look Now

April 30th 2018

BRENDAN O'DEA takes us to Venice for a closer look at Daphne du Maurier's spine-chilling short story, 'Don't Look Now': 'The ensuing action throws John, and the reader, into confusion. The denouement is delivered with panache, and is so devastating that it looks inevitable, almost predestined, permitting everything which preceded it to fall neatly into place...'

Things My Mother Never Told Me

April 25th 2018

NICOLE MANSOUR takes a look at Chris Power’s Debut Collection, 'Mothers': 'Throughout this collection, we encounter characters who have arrived at the intersections of their lives. They are people who find themselves in unfamiliar landscapes, or who have become isolated...'

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