Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum. We are based at the University of Chichester, in West Sussex, and aim to provide a creative and supportive space for anyone interested in the Short Story form – from Creative Writing and Literature students, to editors, lecturers, writers and readers of short fiction – wherever you are in the world.
‘Look at the stories that wait and wait just at the threshold.’
~ Katherine Mansfield
There are many ways that members can participate in the Forum: by joining our team of bloggers, taking part in online discussions, and submitting material to our departments: Writing EXERCISES, Author PROFILES, WE RECOMMEND and DISCUSSION.
An up-to-date list of online SUBMISSION DEADLINES is available on The Forum, with information about upcoming writing competitions and submissions, and funding applications. In addition, we have a full list of upcoming literary conferences and other short story related EVENTS, as well as many other useful short story writing RESOURCES. We also feature a range of stories, talks and articles from writers, agents and editors, and exclusive interviews with some of today’s most prestigious short story writers.
Our aim is to create a vibrant community where people can come to share their experiences, test their ideas and help one another develop their work. Welcome aboard! We look forward to hearing from you.
Not a member yet? Don’t miss out.
Alison MacLeod – Director & Commissioning Editor
Alison MacLeod’s third and most recent novel, Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton), was long-listed for The 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and was one of The Observer’s ‘Books of the Year’. The Independent described it as a ‘a novel of staggering elegance and beauty’. She was the recipient of the Olive Cook/Society of Author’s Short Story Award, and she has been nominated for The BBC National Short Story Award and The Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award. Her stories are also broadcast on the BBC. Her second story collection, all the beloved ghosts (Bloomsbury, March 2017), ‘seamlessly blends memoir, biography, and imagination to create narratives that explore the edges of reality’ (Kirkus Reviews). She is currently writing her next novel. In 2016, MacLeod was joint recipient of The Eccles British Library Writer’s Award. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester and lives in Brighton.
Vicki Heath – Forum Editor
Vicki is a short story writer and holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester, which was awarded the Kate Betts Memorial Prize. Her stories have been published in the UK and internationally, most notably in Unthology 5. They have also placed and been short and longlisted for various prizes, including the Bridport Prize and Fish Short Story Prize. As well as being the Editor at Thresholds, Vicki edits and appraises fiction and poetry, and provides ghostwriting services at twenty-sixletters.com
David Frankel – Graphics and Editorial Assistant
David recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester and was awarded the Kate Betts Memorial Prize. His stories have been published in anthologies and magazines including The London Magazine, Unthology 8, and Lightship Anthology. He has been short and longlisted for a number of prizes, including The Willesden Herald Short Story Prize, the Fish Memoir Prize and the Hilary Mantel Short Story Prize. When he isn’t writing, he works as an artist.
Megan Bishop – Editorial Intern
Megan has recently finished her BA in English and Creative Writing and is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, whilst running her own blog. She hopes to one day publish a novel, written in the fantasy genre which she loves.
Nina Razzell – Editorial Intern
Nina is currently studying for a BA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, and hopes to do a Creative Writing MA next year. Right now she is working on her dissertation, which is centred on fairytales and folklore, and she is the president for the University’s Creative Writing Society.