About Us

Alison MacLeod – Forum Director

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.

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‘Look at the stories that wait and wait just at the threshold.’
~ Katherine Mansfield

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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.

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THRESHOLDS STAFF:

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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 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.

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David Frankel – Interim Forum Editor
David’s short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines including Unthology 8, Lightship Anthology and The London Magazine. He has been shortlisted for a number of competitions, and his creative non-fiction and reviews have been published in various journals and publications both online and in print. His MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester was awarded the Kate Betts Memorial Prize. He also works as an artist and edits work for other writers.

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Loree Westron – Deputy Editor
Loree Westron is an American writer, reviewer and educator, now living in the UK. Her short fiction has been shortlisted in competitions including the Fish Prize, the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize and the Seattle Review Fiction Contest, and published in journals and anthologies including The London Magazine. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester and is a regular reviewer for literary and academic journals including Western American Literature and Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. She is currently working on her second novel, Blue.

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Nina Razzell – Editorial Intern
Nina has just finished her undergraduate degree, and is now studying for her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Having spent the last two years on the Creative Writing Society committee, she has stepped back to dedicate more time to her own writing, which tends to centre around fantasy, fairy tale and folklore. Although she usually has several short stories and flash fictions on the go, she is currently working on an ambitious novel idea.

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Charlotte MacLeod – Social Media Intern
Charlotte recently graduated with an Honour’s degree in History and English from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada. In her undergrad dissertation she examined the effects of early modern English accents and dialects on social class. A bulk of her research involved early modern literature. Charlotte is an avid reader and her favourite novel is Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women. She is excited about her new role as social media intern, in which she will be able to combine her loves of literature and social media.

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Kay Gilmore – Social & Editorial Intern
Kay is a student on the MA in Creative Writing at Chichester. Her first degree was in Eng. Lit. but that was a long time ago, before she accidentally ended up in marketing in the tech sector. Hopefully she can call on all of this experience as social & editorial intern. Her main interests are novels and short fiction and she is a fan of David Mitchell and Hilary Mantel.

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FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS

 

Mary O’Donnell lives in Co Kildare, Ireland and has published sixteen books (poetry, short stories and novels), including her recently re-published 1992 debut novel, The Light Makers (451 Editions). Her two short story collections are Strong Pagans and Storm Over Belfast, the latter long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award some years ago. She won the Fish Short Story Competition in 2011, has received the Jameson Short Story Award, and was runner-up in the VS Pritchett Short Story Prize in 2000. Many stories have been broadcast on Ireland’s national radio station RTE, and she has adapted two as radio dramas, also broadcast. A collection of linked short stories, Empire, set between 1915 and 1919 in Ireland and Burma, will be published by Arlen House in November 2017. A volume of essays, Giving Shape to the Moment: the Art of Mary O’Donnell, Poet, Short Story Writer, Novelist, is forthcoming in 2018. www.maryodonnell.com

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Dr. Chris Machell lives in Brighton with his partner and works at the University of Chichester. He is also a freelance film critic, reviewing films for the award-winning website CineVue, and has also written for Little White Lies, The Quietus, The Skinny and the BFI. He occasionally writes about video games, and recently appeared as a guest on the video game music podcast, Forever Sound Version. You can find all of Chris’ archived work to date on his blog, CultCrack.

His favourite film is Bride of Frankenstein, and his favourite video game is the cult Sega classic, Shenmue.*

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