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28 October

VS Pritchett Prize Announces 2016 Shortlist

logo_rsl_pritchett-illustrationThe VS Pritchett Memorial Prize for an unpublished short story is one of the most well-regarded short story competitions in the country, with a first prize of £1,000. This year’s judges are Aamer Hussein, Peter Kemp and Sara Taylor. Congratulations to the 2016 shortlist:

‘The Scattering’ by Clare Colvin
‘Theft’ by Jasmine Donahaye
‘The Street of Baths’ by Fiona Marshall
‘The Listener’ by Kenneth Steven

The winner will be announced on 17 November and their story will be published in Prospect Magazine and in The RSL Review. For further information, please visit the Royal Society of Literature website.


21 October

Shortlist for the Willesden Herald
Short Story Prize 2016

The shortlist for the 2016 Willesden Herald Short Story Prize has been announced. Compiled by judge Katy Derby, the list contains the work of ten short story writers, including several former University of Chichester Creative Writing students. Congratulations to all, this is what the list looks like:

‘All Quiet by the Idle Wall’ by Patrick Slevin
‘All That Remains’ by Rob Hawke
‘The Cliffs of Bandiagara’ by Catherine McNamara
‘Looking for Nathalie’ by Susan Haigh
‘Love and Hair’ by Olga Zilberbourg
‘The Mayes County Christmas Gun Festival’ by David Lewis
‘Supersun’ by Barbara Robinson
‘Twisted’ by Tracy Fells
‘Undercurrents’ by Gina Challen
‘The Volcano’ by Anna Lewis

All shortlisted stories will appear in volume 9 of the Willesden Herald anthology. For further information, please visit the Willesden Herald website.


17 October

Chichester Lecturer David Swann Takes First and Highly Commended
in the 2016 Bridport Prize

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This week, the winners have been announced for the 2016 Bridport Prize. The competition encourages emerging writers and promotes literary excellence with short story, flash fiction, poetry and novel categories. It is one of the richest competitions in the UK for creative writing, offering a total of £16,000 in prize money. Once again, we were delighted to see University of Chichester Creative Writing lecturer David Swann on the listings, coming first in the Flash Fiction category, and Highly Commended in the short story.  Congratulations to David, and all of the winning writers – as ever, we were delighted to see many names familiar to Thresholds listed this year.

1st – ‘Cut Loose’ by Wendy Brandmark, London
2nd – ‘Open House’ by Kathleen Donkin, Gardiner, Maine, USA
3rd – ‘Steroid Dreams’ by Lesley Krueger, Toronto, Canada

1st – ‘Drought’ by David Swann, Brighton
2nd – ‘Dentures’ by Karen Smyte, Michigan, USA
3rd – ‘467 Strathmore Ave’ by Rachel Robb, Toronto, Canada

To find details of all winning, highly commended and shortlisted writers, visit the Bridport Prize website.


08 October

Stefanie Seddon wins 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize

author_stephanie-seddonStefanie Seddon, a recent graduate of Birkbeck’s M.A. in Creative Writing, has won the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize. The international writing competition is open to writers worldwide and in this, its ninth year, over 2,000 entries were received. Seddon, originally from New Zealand and now based in Kent, won with her story ‘K?kahu’, called ‘a poignant, magical story tackling trauma through a child’s eyes using the power of myth’ by judge Tania Hershman.

Second prize went to Tanner McSwain from Chicago, for ‘The Red Sea’, while third prize was awarded to Berlin-based Kate Brown, for ‘Making Fists’. The three winning stories, along with seventeen other shortlisted pieces, will appear in Volume Nine of the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, now available. Visist the BSSP website for further details.


07 October

KJ Orr Presents a Plea to Publishers to Take Risks

In a piece for the Guardian, following her win of the 2016 BBC Short Story Award, KJ Orr explains why writers need freedoms in order for the short story form to thrive:

Since winning the BBC National Short Story award this week for “Disappearances”, I have been asked whether I am writing a novel. This is something that happens to short story writers…

Continue reading on the Guardian website, here.


05 October

KJ Orr wins BBC National Short Story Award 2016

KJ-Orr-543Our warm and hearty congratulations go out to University of Chichester PhD graduate KJ Orr, as winner of this year’s prestigious BBC National Short Story Award. The £15,000 prize was presented to Orr by Jenni Murray from Woman’s Hour, at a ceremony in London last night. Judge Kei Miller described Orr’s winning story, ‘Disappearances’ – a tale of a retired plastic surgeon who develops a relationship with a waitress in his local café – as “a near perfect example of how the short story works”. Di Speirs, of the BBC, said: “KJ Orr’s precision and clarity, her ability to expose a life in a line and to induce sympathy and disdain, linger long after reading the final paragraph.”

The runner-up prize of £3,000 was awarded to Claire-Louise Bennett, also a debut writer, for her story ‘Morning, Noon and Night’, while Hilary Mantel, Lavinia Greenlaw and Tahmima Anam, the remaining shortlisted writers, each received £500.

KJ Orr’s debut short story collection, Light Box, was published in February by Daunt Books. You can find features by Orr across the Thresholds website, including her Short Story Masterclass interviews with Jane Rogers and David Constantine, her ‘Coffee with…’ Vanessa Gebbie and Toby Litt, plus features on Daniel Kehlmann and Nam Le.


20 September

All-Female Shortlist for 2016 BBC National Short Story Award

Our congratulations go out to the 2016 BBC National Short Story Award shortlist, this year compiled entirely of female writers. Former University of Chichester Creative Writing PhD student K.J. Orr is amongst the five shortlisted, for her story ‘Disappearances’. Orr is joined by anthropologist and novelist Tahmina Anam for ‘Garments’, writer Lavinia Greenlaw for ‘The Darkest Place in England’, novelist Hilary Mantel for ‘In a Right State’, and Claire-Louise Bennett for ‘Morning, Noon & Night’.


08 September

Gearing up for the 2016 Small Wonder Short Story Festival


Charleston’s annual short story festival begins later this month. Running from 28 September to 02 October the Small Wonder Festival will feature an eclectic range of speakers, including Ali Smith – this year’s winner of the Charleston Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction. As ever, Thresholds will be teaming up with Small Wonder to produce a brand new series of Short Story Masterclass podcasts. Watch THIS SPACE for news later in the autumn.

A theme of ‘fluidity’ weaves through this year’s Small Wonder programme, with events looking at the refugee experience, sex and death, and changing trends within the short form. The line up includes, among others: Juliet Stevenson, Kei Miller, Naomi Alderman, Patience Agbabi, Dragan Todorovi?, Petina Gappah, Peter Hobbs, Elif Shafak, Lionel Shriver, Salley Vickers and Kevin Barrett. You can download your copy of the brochure on the Small Wonder website, and Thresholds will have more news closer to the time.


24 May

Short Fiction Longlist

Congratulations to all the longlistees in the Short Fiction Prize 2016. There are several names appearing on this year’s list that are familiar to THRESHOLDS, particularly our Assistant Editor, David Frankel, and Chichester MA tutor David Swann. The 2016 competition is judged by Graham Mort, Professor of Creative Writing and Transcultural Literature at Lancaster University. Find the longlist and full details on the Short Fiction website.


22 April

And the winner is…

AUTHOR_Jonathan-TelJonathan Tel’s ‘The Human Phonograph’ has won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2016, the richest prize in the world for a single short story. Tel’s story, which sees him awarded the £30,000 prize, centres on a marriage lived in the shadow of the Chinese nuclear weapons programme of the 1960s. Judge Rose Tramain commented:

“The hesitant relationship between a husband and wife who barely know each other forms the basis of this troubling, well-wrought story, set on a Chinese nuclear base in the 1960s and 70s.

“But it is the image taken from the title – of a man who, in a silent, punitive and desolate world, can remember the old songs and sing them perfectly every time – that elevates it to something truly memorable. The decision to award the prize to this work was unanimous among the judges and we all feel that Jonathan Tel has a bright future as a fiction writer.”

Full details of the prize, plus the shortlisted stories, can be found on the Story Award website.


21 March


The Sunday Times EFG 2016 Shortlist is Out

This year’s shortlist for the prestigious Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has been released and it features six authors from five different countries – all in the running for the world’s richest prize for a single short story: £30,000. Congratulations to the shortlisted authors:

COLUM McCANN – ‘What Time Is It Now, Where You Are?’
EDITH PEARLMAN – ‘Unbeschert’
JONATHAN TEL – ‘The Human Phonograph’
NICHOLAS RUDDOCK – ‘The Phosphorescence’
PETINA GAPPAH – ‘The News of Her Death’

The winner will be announced on 22 April. You can read the shortlisted stories and find out more about the prize on the Short Story Award website.


14 March 2016

Showcasing Writers at the Margin

cfla-logoAccording to a recent report by Spread The Word, a staggering 97% of literary agents think the publishing world was ‘a little diverse’ or ‘not diverse at all’. In direct response to the lack of diversity in literature, Brighton-based charity Creative Future are aiming to change the face of publishing by once again running the Creative Future Literary Awards (CLFAs) – the UK’s first and only writing competition aimed specifically at talented writers from marginalised  backgrounds. Winners of the competition, which opens today, will receive cash prizes totalling £1,000, as well as high-quality professional development opportunities with nationally recognised literature organisations like The Literary Consultancy and New Writing South. Find out more on the Creative Future Literary Awards website.


10 March 2016

The Edge Hill Short Story Prize Longlist Announced

EHU478_ShortStory2015_Ailsa-coxThe only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories, The Edge Hill Short Story Prize attracts established names alongside relative newcomers for the £10,000 prize, as well as that £1,000 Readers’ Prize.

The 2016 longlist includes a number of prize-winning writers Kate Clanchy (winner of the 2009 BBC Short Story Prize), China Mieville (three-time winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award and winner of the British Fantasy Award twice), and Donal Ryan (whose novel was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and won the Guardian First Book Award in the same year).

Ailsa Cox, Professor of Short Fiction at Edge Hill University and organiser of the Short Story Prize said: “We are excited to be able to mark the tenth anniversary of our prize with such a strong longlist of authors from across the UK and Ireland. It is fitting that in our anniversary year a previous winner features in the list – Graham Mort (Winner 2011) – as well as two previously shortlisted authors – Helen Simpson and Ali Smith. We face a tough task in the judging stages, but our tenth anniversary prize will truly showcase some of the best talent in the genre.”

For more information and the full longlist, visit the Edge Hill University website.


18 December 2015

Prolitzer Short Fiction Prize Results

Prolitzer Short Fiction Prize judge Jaki McCarrick has chosen Melanie Whipman’s story ‘Dissolving’ as the 2015 winner. Our congratulations go out to Whipman, a University of Chichester MA in Creative Writing graduate, and PhD student. McCarrick said the story is ‘dark and introspective. It is also beautifully written – the sentences are taut and powerful; the reader has to work hard to piece together the details given to us.’ It is the story of ‘a man is being held hostage, along with another. He is about to be executed. In the minutes before his death, he recalls aspects of his life, his upbringing in Sussex, his schooldays and teachers, his relationship with his father.’

Aiden O’Reilly was awarded second place for his story ‘The Enormous Building Site’, while Karina Vidler took third prize for ‘Bedtime Drink’. Congratulations to all three writers.


30 November 2015

Costa Short Story Award Shortlist Available to Read

In the Costa Short Story Award the public votes for the winner from six shortlisted stories selected by five judges. All shortlisted stories are available to read and listen to right now on the Costa Book Awards website, where you can vote for your favourite to win.

This year’s shortlisted titles are:

‘Gerardo Dreams of Chillies’
‘The Night Office’
‘To William Burroughs, from His Wife’
‘Watching the Storms Roll In’

Read and vote for your favourite here.


23 November 2015

The Eccles Centre at the British Library announces William Atkins and Alison MacLeod as joint winners of the 2016 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award

Alison MacLeodAll at Thresholds are thrilled to see Professor Alison MacLeod, founder of the forum, named as this year’s joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award. The Writer in Residence Award was set up as part of the Eccles Centre’s charge to promote awareness of the British Library collections relating to the USA and Canada, and to help facilitate the use of these collections. Both Watkins and MacLeod will be awarded £20,000, and they will use the British Library’s collections to research their writing projects during their residency, which will begin in January 2016.

AUTHOR_AtkinsThe Eccles Centre announced that: ‘Atkins will be researching a new travel narrative interrogating the Western concept of the desert through a series of journeys – through Australia, Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa but above all the American West.’

The novel MacLeod will be researching takes its inspiration from the events of the 1960 trial of Penguin Books, in which the publisher famously found itself in court for its decision to publish the unexpurgated Lady Chatterley’s Lover. ‘The story will unfold across a London still marked by the Blitz, following an unexpected trail of suspicions which lead ultimately to the USA and the very core of Establishment forces’

Our hearty congratulations go out to both William Atkins and Alison MacLeod. You can read more about the Award and both authors on the Eccles Centre for American Studies website.


13 October 2015

Canadian Writers Win the 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize

LOGO_Bristol-PrizeCongratulations to Canadian writers Brent van Staalduine and J. R. McConvey who have won first and second prizes in the 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize. Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, Brent van Staalduine has been awarded the £1,000 1st prize for his story ‘A Week on the Water’, while J. R. McConvey of Toronto took second place for his story ‘Between the Pickles’. Third prize went to Australian writer Magdalena McGuire, for her story ‘Birthday Bones’.

Now in its eighth year, the Bristol Prize received 2,420 entries from writers based in more than sixty countries. Find out more on the Bristol Prize website.


06 October 2015

Jonathan Buckley takes the 2015 BBC National Short Story Award

Congratulations to Jonathan Buckley, author of the winning story in this year’s BBC National Short Story Award. ‘Briar Road’ is a story about a psychic who investigates the case of a missing teenager. This 10th annual Award saw Buckley presented with the £15,000 prize by Chair of Judges Allan Little at a ceremony held in the BBC’s Radio Theatre in London. Mark Haddon’s story ‘Bunny’ was named runner-up, taking home a cash prize of £3,000. The three other shortlisted authors – Frances Leviston, Hilary Mantel and Jeremy Page – received £500 each. You can find further details on the Book Trust website.


27 September 2015

The 2015 Charleston-Chichester Award for Lifetime Achievement in Short Fiction

AUTHOR_Jane-GardamThe Dept. of English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester is delighted to announce that the writer Jane Gardam is this year’s recipient of The Charleston-Chichester Award for Lifetime Achievement in Short Fiction. The Award is a wonderful development of the University and the Department’s partnership with The Charleston Trust, which hosts a range of renowned writers and artists at its two literary festivals each year. A special award event for Jane Gardam took place at The International Small Wonder Festival, where Gardam read and was interviewed in front of a sell-out audience. A special ‘masterclass’ podcast/interview will be available later this autumn on THRESHOLDS.

Read more about Jane Gardam in an interview with the Independent here.


16 September 2015

The BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist is Out


‘Briar Road’ by Jonathan Buckley
When their daughter goes missing, a desperate family enlist the help of a clairvoyant to shed light on her fate. Yet their encounter with this visitor puts them all under immense strain.

‘Bunny’ by Mark Haddon
A man dangerously over-eats; just as seriously he lives at home in fear of the outdoors. Until Leah calls and his life takes a dramatic turn.

‘Broderie Anglaise’ by Frances Leviston
Hidden tensions between a mother and daughter surface in the emotional build-up to a family wedding.

‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’ by Hilary Mantel
A knock at the door announces an unexpected visitor who has plans to alter the course of history as we know it.

‘Do It Now, Jump The Table’ by Jeremy Page
A young man prepares to meet his girlfriend’s parents for the first time – in the disquieting knowledge that they enjoy a somewhat alternative lifestyle.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 6 October, live on BBC 4’s Front Row. They will receive £15,000. For more information, visit and to read more about each of the nominees, visit the BBC website.

You can catch Mark Haddon at the BBC National Short Story Award event at this year’s Small Wonder Festival, at the end of September.


08 July 2015

Frank O’Connor Winner Announced

AUTHOR_Carys-DaviesCongratulations to Carys Davies, winner of this year’s Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award – the most lucrative award for a collection of short stories in the world, with a prize of €25,000. Davies’ collection The Redemption of Galen Pike, published by Salt, was called “a truly original and striking collection, full of funny, keenly observed stories replete with twists and turns that surprise,” by judge Éibhear Walshe. “The language is economical with not a word to spare. Davies takes historical moments and themes and examines them in novel ways which intrigue the reader.”

To find out more about the Award, visit the Frank O’Connor website.


14 May 2015

Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story Shortlist Confirmed

The Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story is the only award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories, offering £5,000 as a first prize. This year’s shortlist features Toby Litt, Anneliese Mackintosh, Carys Davies, Madeleine D’Arcy, Rose Tremain and Kirsty Gunn. Congratulations to all. The overall winner will be announced on 02 July. Visit the Edge Hill University website for full details.


30 April 2015

PhD Bursary Opportunity at Chichester

university_logoThe University of Chichester, home to THRESHOLDS, has one full Bursary for PhD study for three years available in the area of English and Creative Writing. Innovative proposals for PhD study are invited and the strategic drive behind the studentships is to attract excellent students to conduct collaborative PhD projects. Collaboration may involve either a third party organisation e.g. museum, gallery, charity, business or collaboration with the University of Chichester subject areas of Enterprise Management and Leadership (The Business School), Education or Music. The deadline for applications is noon on 10 June 2015. Find full info here.


25 April 2015

Yiyun Li wins The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

AUTHOR_Yiyun_LiChinese-American author Yiyun Li has won the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her story ‘A Sheltered Woman’ was first published in The New Yorker in 2014 and is the story of ‘a Chinese-American nanny hired to spend a month supporting a new mother and her baby; trying to keep detached from the emotional turmoil around her, she is also entrapped by her own past’. Listen to Yiyun Li discuss short story writing in a THRESHOLDS podcast with Robert Coover, here.

This is the world’s richest prize for a single short story and Li is the winner £30,000, while the five other shortlistees will each receive £1,000. Find full details of the Award on the Book Trust website.


17 March 2015

Fish Publishing Short Story Prize Winners

The result of the 2014/15 Fish Publishing Short Story Prize are in and we are delighted to see lots of regular Thresholders on the shortlist – congratulations to all. This year’s judge, author Jennifer Johnston, chose the winning story – ‘The Pace of Change’ by Chris Weldon – which will be published along with nine other stories in the 2015 Fish Anthology.

SECOND: ‘Tomorrow’ by Keren Heenan

THIRD: ‘Two Funerals’ by Kara Moskowitz

Find a list of honorary mentions and the shortlistlist, plus more details, on the Fish Publishing website.


01 February 2015

Shortlist for the Sunday Times EFG Award Announced

Congratulations to the six shortlisted writers in this year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The world’s richest prize for a single short story, the Award offers its winner £30,000, while the five other shortlistees will each receive £1,000.

The shortlist:
Rebecca F John – ‘The Glove Maker’s Numbers’
Yiyun Li  – ‘A Sheltered Woman’
Elizabeth McCracken – ‘Hungry’
Paula Morris – ‘False River’
Scott O’Connor – ‘Interstellar Space’
Madeleine Thien – ‘The Wedding Cake’

Find full details about the Award on The Book Trust website.


27 January 2015

Zoe Gilbert wins the Costa Short Story Award

AUTHOR_Zoe-GilbertOur warm congratulations go out to Zoe Gilbert, winner of this year’s Costa Short Story Award. Gilbert is a PhD student at the University of Chichester and her winning story, ‘Fishskin, Hareskin’, tells the tale of a new fishwife returning ‘to her past and its lost comforts’. It was voted for by the public from a shortlist of six stories.

Gilbert’s short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals in the UK and internationally. Her work has won prizes from Cinnamon Press, Lightship and the British Fantasy Society, amongst others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently working on her first folklore-inspired collection of stories, which will form part of her PhD on the short story at the University of Chichester. She lives in London, where she runs a writers’ critique group and co-hosts the Word Factory short story club.

Second place: Paula Cunningham for ‘The Matchboy’
Third place: Joanne Meek for ‘Jellyfish’

You can read Zoe Gilbert’s winning story on The Costa Book Awards website.


19 January 2015

Costa Short Story Award Shortlist 2014

Congratulations to the six shortlisted authors who have finally been revealed in this year’s Costa Short Story Award. The Award was judged by author Victoria Hislop, Simon Trewin from William Morris Endeavor agency, novelist Patrick Gale, novelist and journalist Fanny Blake, and director of The National Academy of Writing, Richard Beard. The winner and two runners-up will be announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on Tuesday 27th January. The shortlisted writers are:

LOGO_Costa-Book-AwardsPaula Cunningham – ‘The Matchboy’
Zoe Gilbert – ‘Fishskin, Hareskin’
Jane Healey – ‘The Liontamer’s Husband’
Joanne Meek – ‘Jellyfish’
Mark Newman – ‘Rosa and Thirkel’
Lucy Ribchester – ‘The Glassblower’s Daughter’

Full details about the Award can be found on the Costa Book Awards website, where you can also read all six shortlisted stories.


16 November

The Writeidea Prize-winner

Melanie_WhipmanMelanie Whipman, PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, has won the Writeidea Prize, for her story ‘What You Do for Love’. Remarkably, on the same day, Whipman was also announced as the winner of the HG Wells Short Story Competition, for her short story ‘Wakes and Wishbones’.

Rowena Macdonald, former Edge Hill Prize shortlistee and VS Pritchett runner-up, won Writeidea’s Tower Hamlets prize and was placed second overall. The other finalists were: Andrew Blackman, Tracy Fells, CG Menon, Umi Sinha and Farrah Yusuf.

You can find out more about the Writeidea Prize, and read the finalists’ stories, here.


25 October

Winner of the 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize Announced

Bristol Short Story Prize, Spike Island, Bristol; Saturday 25th October 2014; ©Barbara Evripidou/2014Leicester-based writer Mahsuda Snaith has won the £1,000 first prize in this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize. She captivated the judges with ‘The Art of Flood Survival’, a short story about a young Bangladeshi servant girl. This is Snaith’s second win in a matter of days, after she also won the SI Leeds Prize for unpublished black and Asian women writers.

Claire Griffiths won the second prize for her story ‘Tata and Mama and Me’, while Tom Vowler placed third with ‘Debt’.

The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7 features these winning stories, plus the shortlisted stories from the competition. Full details on the Prize and the anthology can be found on the Bristol Short Story Prize website.


13 October

Writeidea Prize 2014 Finalists

The new national competition run by the Writeidea Festival attracted more than 300 entries from across the UK. We were delighted to see that several Thresholds contributor names have appeared in the longlist and our congratulations go out to all.

The shortlist:

‘I’m Not a Cab’ – Andrew Blackman
‘Lone Wolf’ – Tracy Fells
‘Phosphorescence’ – Rowena Macdonald
‘Songs From the Old Country’ – CG Menon
‘Caged’ – Farrah Yusuf
‘India Syndrome’ – Umi Sinha
‘What You Do for Love’ – Melanie Whipman

The winner of the Writeidea Prize 2014 will be announced at 2pm on Sunday 16 November, at the Writeidea Festival. Please see the Writeidea website for further details.


07 October

Manchester Writing Competition Longlist Announced

This year’s famous Carol Ann Duffy Manchester Writing Competition has received thousands of submissions. The Fiction Prize has the aim of seeking out writing talent and encouraging new work, and is judged by Nicholas Royle, Christopher Burns and Claire Dean. The winners of the £10,000 prize will be announced at a ceremony held on Friday 17th October, during Manchester’s Literature Festival, presented by Adam O’Riordan and Nicholas Royle.

The Shortlist:

‘Something Inside the Head’ by David Grubb

‘Eating Words’ by Avril Joy

‘Our Disorder’ by Martin Maclnnes

‘Henderson’ by Robert Mason

‘An Ape in a Backwater’ by Davey Moore

‘Roar’ by Adrian Wakeling

Full details of the shortlist and booking information can be found here.


02 October

Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition Longlist Announced

Kingston Writing School celebrate the excellence in the short story through their annual International Short Story Competition, judged by Man Booker Prize-winner Hilary Mantel. Congratulations to the thirty longlisted writers, chosen for their ‘stories that push the boundaries of the short story form’. The shortlist of ten stories will be officially announced on October 31.

Full details of the longlist – and now the shortlist (as of 15 Oct) – can be found here.


30 September

‘Shriver proves that short really is sweet’ in the BBC National Short Story Award

AUTHOR_Lionel_ShriverAfter being shortlisted three times, US author Lionel Shriver has won this year’s BBC National Short Story Award for her story ‘Kilifi Creek’. Shriver was awarded the main prize of £15,000 at the ceremony held at the BBC’s Radio Theatre, London.

‘Kilifi Creek’ sees ‘a naïve, freeloading, young woman making her first trip abroad and finding herself in peril’.

Chair of BBC Short Story Award judges, Alan Yentob, said:

From a fantastic shortlist, Lionel Shriver’s ‘Kilifi Creek’ stood out as a wonderful evocation of life in miniature, crossing continents and generations … Shriver proves that short really is sweet.

Zadie Smith was selected as this year’s runner-up, receiving £3,000 for her story ‘Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets’.

Listen to the winning story on the BBC Podcasts and Downloads site.



17 September

Shortlist for the 2014 BBC National Short Story Award Announced

LOG_BBC_Nat_SS_Award_2014Announced on Radio 4’s Front Row programme, the 2014 shortlist brings both well-known and emerging writers to the annual anthology’s pages. The five stories on this year’s shortlist were chosen by judges Adam Foulds, Laura Dockrill, Philip Gwyn Jones, Di Speirs and Alan Yentob.

The shortlist:

‘Bad Dreams’ by Tessa Hadley

‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’ by Francesca Rhydderch

‘Kilifi Creek’ by Lionel Shriver

‘Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets’ by Zadie Smith

‘The American Lover’ by Rose Tremain

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 30th September. Find out more about the prize and the winners on the BookTrust website.


09 June 2014

The Frank O’Connor Longlist

LOGO_Frank_OConnorThe 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize is worth €25,000 and is the single largest prize in the world for a collection of short stories. It is awarded to the winning author of a new collection, published in English, from anywhere in the world.

This year’s judges are poet, publisher and short story writer John F. Deane, founder of the Sunday Times Short Story Award Cathy Galvin, and former executive editor of the Paris Review Brigid Hughes.

Our congratulations go out to everyone who made the longlist, which you can find on the Frank O’Connor Award website.


22 May 2014

Hassan Blasim wins the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

FEATURE_Hassan_BlasimMany congratulations go to Hassan Blasim, who has won the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his short story collection ‘The Iraqi Christ’, which explores the atrocities of war and sectarian violence in the aftermath of the 2003 Baghdad invasion.

Translated by Jonathan Wright and published by Comma Press, Blasim becomes the first winner to be translated from Arabic and the first person to win the prize with a short story collection.

Judge Boyd Tonkin said of the collection: ‘Strung between reportage, memoir and dark fantasy, these linked stories present Iraq, post-Saddam and post-invasion, as a surrealist inferno. Bizarre horrors become everyday events. Outlandish tragedies punctuate ordinary life. Blasim’s wild imagination, pitch-black comedy and fierce compassion, all captured by Jonathan Wright’s pacy, pugnacious translation, keep nihilism at bay.’

For more information on the winner and prize visit the Book Trust website.


16 May 2014

Finalists Announced For Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2014

Five writers have been nominated to vie for the 2014 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Now in its eighth year, the prize celebrates excellence in a published collection of short stories – with this year’s shortlist dominated by publications from small presses.

Prize co-ordinator Dr Ailsa Cox said: ‘It has been an incredibly difficult decision for all our judges to draw up year’s shortlist and it’s going to be even trickier to decide on the winner…’

The winning collection and author will be announced at an official award ceremony in London on the 3rd July.

Congratulations go to the five nominees: David Rose, Rachel Trezise, Bernie McGill, Jaki McCarrick and John Burnside.

For more information on the five nominated collections go to the Edge Hill University website.


14 May 2014

Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 Regional Winners Announced

Commonweatlh writersThe Regional winners of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize have been chosen from nearly 4,000 entries, from the five regions of the Commonwealth – and, for the first time, feature an all-female list of winners.

This year’s prize Chair, Ellah Allfrey, said of the chosen stories: ‘Whilst recognising craft and excellence, the judges were equally impressed by stories which transported us in place and time and thrilled us with language that felt original. In the end, the stories that impressed us the most were those that took risks – in subject and style.’

Congratulations go to Jennifer Makumbi (Regional Winner – Africa), Sara Adam Ang (Regional Winner – Asia), Lucy Caldwell (Regional Winner – Canada & Europe), Maggie Harris (Regional Winner – Caribbean) and Lucy Treloar (Regional Winner – Pacific).

The overall winner of the prize will be announced in Kampala, Uganda on the 13th June.

For more information on the five winners visit the Commonwealth Writers website.


7 May 2014

The Thresholds Feature Writing Competition 2014 Winner Announced

Nat Miller's photo for Thresholds 125Congratulations to Sharon Telfer, winner of the 2014 Thresholds International Feature Writing Competition for her feature ‘Wolves at the Hearthside’ which explored the unique story-telling power of Angela Carter.

‘Full of energy and bringing new life back to a well-discussed collection’

Telfer takes home the £500 first prize for her feature, which the judges commended for its ‘…intelligent, artistic and engaging…writing.

The two runner-up prizes went to Gill Thompson for her feature ‘A Woman of Words’ and Dan Powell with his essay ‘The Unnerving Tales of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’- both win £100 prize money.

For more information and to read all three winning features, visit the Thresholds website.


30 April 2014

The Thresholds Feature Writing Competition 2014 Shortlist Announced

natalie_millerThe fourteen writers featured on the Thresholds Feature Writing Competition longlist have been whittled down to just seven shortlisted writers. Announcing the results, Thresholds’ Editor and competition judge Vicki Heath said, ‘This year our team of judges found a very high quality of writing across the board, with vibrant and insightful pieces that captivated us, surprised us and even challenged our preconceptions.’

The Winner and two runners-up will be announced very soon.

The shorlisted features are: Carys Bray: Horror and Humanity, Stephen Devereux: Where are you Helen Harris?, Dan Powell: Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s The Push Man and Other Stories, Angela Readman: What We Talk About When We Talk About Editing, Sharon Telfer: Wolves at the Hearthside, Gill Thompson: A Woman of Words, Claire Thurlow: on Alice Munroe.

Congratulations to all. For full details on the shortlist visit the Thresholds website.


22 April 2014

The Thresholds Feature Writing Competition 2014 Longlist Announced

nat_miller_bannerFourteen writers have been longlisted for the Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition 2014.  The shortlist will be revealed next week ahead of the announcement of the winner of the £500 first prize.

Thresholds’ Editor and competition judge Vicki Heath commented that, ‘The quality of entries has been particularly high and choosing this longlist has not been easy.’

Congratulations to the fourteen longlisted writers: Carys Bray, Stephen Devereux, Victoria Leslie, Charles E. May, Kath Mckay, Marcella O’Connor, Dan Powell, Angela Readman, Sharon Telfer, Gill Thompson, Claire Thurlow, Juliet West, Scott Wilson and Patrick Yarker.

For full details on the longlist visit the Thresholds website.


11 April 2014

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014 Shortlist Announced

FEATURE_Hassan_BlasimSix shortlisted writers have been selected for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014 and, for the first time in its 24 year history, the shortlist features two Japanese women writers, short story writer Yoko Ogawa, and Hiromi Kawakami. Also in the running are Iraqi short story writer Hassan Blasim (pictured), Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norway), Birgit Vanderbeke (Germany) and Hubert Mingarelli (France).

Judges Alev Adil, Natalie Haynes, Nadifa Mohamed, Shaun Whiteside and Boyd Tonkin will reveal the winner of the £10,000 prize (split equally between writer and translator) on the 22nd May.

For full details on the shortlist, visit the Independent website. 


04 April 2014

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 Winner Announced

LOGO_Sunday_Times_EFGCongratulations go to Adam Johnson, winner of this year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for his story ‘Nirvana’. Johnson becomes the fifth consecutive international winner of the £30,000 prize,  chosen by judges David Baddiel, Sarah Hall, Elif Shafak, John Carey and Andrew Holgate from a shortlist of six stories, whittled down from over 650 entries.

Judge David Baddiel said:  ‘I loved ‘Nirvana’. It was both sad and, rare in literary-competition-land, funny. Plus it proves that genre fiction – the story is, at heart, science fiction – can work, emotionally and artistically, at the highest levels.’

For full details on the winning story, and the six shortlisted writers, visit the Sunday Times website.


01 April 2014

Edge Hill Longlist Unveiled

Now in its eighth year, the 2014 Edge Hill Prize longlist is dominated by small and independent publishers. This is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories and offers a £5,000 main prize, a £1,000 Readers’ Prize and an additional category worth £500, which acknowledges rising talents on Edge Hill’s MA in Creative Writing.

Judges Kevin Barry, Katie Allen and Carys Bray will decide the winner in May, from a longlist that includes a number of well-established, award-winning writers, including Alison Moore, Bernard MacLaverty, John Burnside, Sarah Maitland, Dan Rhodes, and Dave Gaffney. You can find details of the full longlist on the Edge Hill website.


17 March 2014

Fish Short Story Prize Winners Announced

Congratulations to David Butler, winner of this year’s Fish Short Story Prize. Judge Claire Kilroy chose Butler’s story ‘Taylor Keith’ from hundreds of entries, saying that she ‘was drawn to stories that were inventive in terms of language, imagery and plot, stories that possessed sparks of brilliance.’

‘The Nod’  by Barry Troy came in second place, with ‘Horse Latitudes’  by Aongus Murtagh in third.

For full details of the short and longlisted authors, including several Thresholders, visit the Fish Publishing website.


10 March 2014

Short Story Collection Wins the Inaugural Folio Prize

AUTHOR_George-SaundersWe were delighted to see distinguished short story author George Saunders named as the winner of the inaugural Folio Prize, for his latest short story collection, Tenth of December (Bloomsbury). Saunders is an award-winning writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children’s books.

Tenth of December is a dazzling and disturbing collection of short stories that illuminate human experience and explore figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations.’

Worth £40,000, The Folio Prize recognises and celebrates the best English-language fiction from around the world, published in the UK. Full details of the Prize can be found on the Folio Prize website.


02 March 2014

Sunday Times EFG Award Shortlist

LOGO_Sunday_Times_EFGCongratulations to the six shortlisted authors in this year’s highly prestigious Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award – the award with the largest prize for a single short story. In the running for the £30,000 prize are two Pulitzer winners, Adam Johnson and Elizabeth Strout, British author Jonathan Tel, Granta Best of Young British Novelists Tahmima Anam, Canadian-American author Marjorie Celona, and twenty-six year old Anna Metcalfe, a graduate of the University of East Anglia Creative Writing MA.

Find full details of the prize, on the Sunday Times website.


18 February 2014

The Esoteric Short Story Contest Results


Congratulations to Guy Mitchell, from London, winner of this year’s Carve Magazine Esoteric Short Story Contest. Guest judges Sandra Hunter, Jake Andrews, Dan Powell, Jennifer Harvey and Elizabeth Baines chose Mitchell’s story ‘Berryman’s’ to win the $1,000 prize, from a list of just three finalists. Tyler Keevil, with ‘Snares’, and C.R. Sender, with ‘We Can Practice Starts’, made up the list.

Lesley Mace – ‘Erosion’
Linda Atterton – ‘Are The Stars Hot Or Cold?’
Fred McGavran – ‘The Macabre on Quimby Square’
Barbara Lane – ‘The Accident’
Barney Walsh – ‘Broken Glass’
Jennifer Ryan – ‘Unstoppable’
Hannah Sloane – ‘Shameless’
Joy Martin – ‘Space’
Sean Lusk – ‘After the Burning’
Anna Arbiter – ‘Cover’
Rosia Beer – ‘Them’
Agnieszka Dale – ‘The Afterlife of Trees’
Chelsea Libby – ‘Broken Pieces’
Cliff Chen – ‘Small Print’
Alison Lock – ‘Stalking the Dog’

For full details of the contest, visit the Carve Magazine website.


03 February 2014

Longlist Announced for the 2014 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

LOGO_Sunday_Times_EFGThe longlist has been announced for ‘the world’s most valuable prize for a single short story’. The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award offers a prize of £30,000 for an English-language story of 6,000 words or under. It’s a truly international prize, calling for stories written in English from a fiction author from anywhere in the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland.

Congratulations to the sixteen longlisted writers:

Tahmima Anam – Anwar Gets Everything
Marjorie Celona – Othello
Clare Clark – Ward Three
Carys Davies – On Commercial Hill
Jenni Fagan – When Words Change the Molecular Composition of Water
M J Hyland – Somebody Else’s Bed
Adam Johnson – Nirvana
Jonathan Lee – Philip’s 9 Best Christmas Presents
Anna Metcalfe – Number Three
Alissa Nutting – The Expectation of Anywhere
David Park – Learning to Swim
Taiye Selasi – Driver
Elizabeth Strout – Snow Blind
Jonathan Tel – The Shoe King of Shanghai
Kevin Wilson – Sanders for a Night
Daniel Woodrell – Johanna Stull

This year’s judging panel will comprise novelist David Baddiel, Booker shortlisted novelist and short story writer Sarah Hall, Turkish writer Elif Shafak, Sunday Times literary critic Professor John Carey, and Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, Andrew Holgate, chaired by EFG Chairman Matthew Evans.

Last year’s winner was Junot Diaz for his story ‘Miss Lora’. For full details on the Award, visit the BookTrust website.


21 January 2014


A Repeat Performance for Two Costa Finalists

The finalists in the 2013 Costa Short Story Award have been revealed today, as voting closed. And, for the second year running, authors Angela Readman and Sheila Llewellyn have appeared on the list. The prize, which is judged anonymously, will be awarded on 28th January at the awards ceremony. Readman’s story ‘The Keeper of the Jackalopes’ was shorlisted, alongside Llewellyn’s ‘The Papakh Hat’. Other writers shorlisted are Tony Bagley for ‘The Forgiveness Thing’, Clare Chandler for ‘The Gun Shearer’, Erin Soros for ‘Still Water, BC’ and Kit de Waal for ‘The Old Man and the Suit’.

You can read the finalsits’ stories on the Costa Book Awards website. Good luck to all six writers.


28 November 2013

The Bridport Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Bridport Prize. In the short story category, judge Michèle Roberts named Eve Thomson’s story ‘A Man in Three Moments’ as overall winner. In second place was ‘TXL’ by Kerry Hood, and in third was ‘Oyster Woman’ by Sheila Crawford. In the flash fiction category, judge David Swann named ‘Polio’ by Nicholas Ruddock as overall winner, with ‘Fine’ by Michelle Wright in second place, and ‘Locked In’ by Sarah Baxter in third.

AUTHOR_Eve-ThomsonEve Thomson‘s work has previously been shortlisted for the Orange/Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Competition and the Bridport Prize, and her work has appeared in the Bridport Prize 2008 anthology, the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writing from Scotland 2009, and Mslexia issue 58, in 2013. Her first novel is in its final draft stage.

AUTHOR_Nicholas-RuddockNicholas Ruddock has won prizes in both poetry and fiction from literary journals in Canada. His short story ‘How Eunice Got Her Baby’ was filmed by the Canadian Film Centre. His ‘wildly inventive’ novel about poetry and love, The Parabolist, was published in February 2010 by Doubleday Canada and was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. He lives and works as a family doctor in Guelph.

Short Story Highly Commended:

‘Disappearance’ by Dima Alzayat
‘mice story, not his’ by Benjamin Dipple
‘So Much Lemonade’ by Barry Lee Thompson
‘Yesterday’s Pies’ by Marinella Mezzanotte
‘Peru’ by Manus McManus
‘Praise’ by Jennifer Mills
‘Jotunheim’ by John Murphy
‘Rambutan!’ by Mai Nardone
‘Contrails’ by Noel O’Regan
‘Star Sailor (Aistron Nautes)’ by Rebecca Swirsky


19 October 2013

Paul McMichael wins the 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize

MISC_Bristol-SS-Prize-2013Congratulations to Paul McMichael, winner of this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize. He captivated the judges with his short story ‘The House in St John’s Avenue’, and was awarded the £1,000 first prize. McMichael said of his win: “I’m overwhelmed…that a set of such discerning judges picked this story out. Thoroughly delighted and grateful”.

Now in its sixth year, the Bristol Short Story Prize received a record 2,510 entries, with stories submitted from more than 60 countries, including the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, India, Canada, USA, Bangladesh and Kenya submitting stories. You can find out more about the Bristol Short Story Prize here.


10 October 2013

Short Story Writer Alice Munro Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

AUTHOR_Alice-Munro-Peter-MorrisonWe were absolutely delighted to learn that short story author Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. On making the announcement, Peter Englund, of the Swedish Academy, called Munro a ‘master of the contemporary short story’. Munro’s first collection of stories, Dance of the Happy Shades, was published in 1968 and won Canada’s highest literary prize, the Governor General’s Award. Since then she has published ten further collections, and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Man Booker International Prize for her entire body of work, in 2009. Her work frequently appears in magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review. Previous winners of the Nobel Prize for literature include Rudyard Kipling, Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway.

08 October 2013

Sarah Hall wins the BBC National Short Story Award

AUTHOR_Sarah_HallCongratulations to Sarah Hall, winner of this year’s prestigious BBC National Short Story Award for her enchanting story ‘Mrs Fox’. In this darkly erotic transformation tale, a woman turns into a fox to her husband’s confusion and dismay. Sarah Hall’s first novel, Haweswater, won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award and a Lakeland Book of the Year prize. Her following novels have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award and have won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Portico Prize for Fiction, amongst others. Her first collection of short stories, The Beautiful Indifference, won the Portico Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, it was also short-listed for the Frank O’Connor Prize.

Listen to Sarah Hall’s Short Story Mastercalss exclusively on THRESHOLDS, here.


29 September 2013

Announcing William Trevor as the recipient of the inaugural Charleston-Chichester Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction

AUTHOR_William-Trevor-CharlestonThe first award that recognises long-standing creativity and achievement in writing short stories. William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork in 1928. He has published fourteen novels, including The Old Boys, The Children of Dynmouth, Felicia’s Journey, The Story of Lucy Gault and Love and Summer, as well as twelve collections of short stories and 2 novellas. He has won many illustrious prizes and received an Honorary Knighthood in 2002. He has lived in the West of England for many years. William Trevor says: “This is an award for what I do best, which is to write short stories. I also write novels but short stories are what I love and have always loved. I’m hugely honoured. It does mean a great deal to me. It has come from the right source. If I were to associate myself forever with the short story, this is the way I would like to do it.” Diana Reich Award Administrator says: “William Trevor is widely regarded as one of the greatest contemporary practitioners of the art of the short story in the English Language, a master exponent of the tragedy of manners. He has been a lodestar for generations of short story writers, both national and international, who have followed him. He was the unanimous choice as the first recipient of the new Award.” Alison MacLeod, Professor of Contemporary Fiction, University of Chichester says: “It is a huge honour to be able to celebrate nearly fifty years of short fiction from a writer who describes himself as ‘a short-story writer who happens to write novels’. William Trevor is, without doubt, one of our most extraordinary writers. His vision of the lives of others is as sharp as it is compassionate; as sensitive as it is wry. How lucky we are.” For full details on the award, visit the Charleston Trust Small Wonder Festival website.

22 May 2013

Short story writer Lydia Davis wins the Man Booker International Prize

A hearty congratulations to acclaimed short story writer Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. Presented at an award ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the prize seeks out literary excellence from a writer’s body of work, rather than a single novel (as with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction). Davis beat a shortlist of nine other authors. She is best known for translating Marcel Proust’s Du Côté de Chez Swann and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and for writing short stories – some of which are among the shortest stories ever written.

07 May 2013

Shortlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize announced

This year’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize shortlist has been announced and we would like to extend our warm congratulations to all the authors listed. This is the only annual UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories, and this year it is judged by the 2012 winner Sarah Hall, Scottish author and literary critic Lesley McDowell, and Jim Lee, Regional Buyer at Waterstones. The final shortlist of authors and short story collections competing for the £5,000 award: Kevin Barry – Dark Lies The Island (Jonathan Cape) Emma Donoghue – Astray (Pan Macmillan) Adam Marek – The Stone Thrower (Comma Press) Jon McGregor – This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You (Bloomsbury) Jane Rogers – Hitting Trees With Sticks (Comma Press) Lucy Wood – Diving Belles (Bloomsbury) The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 4th July at Waterstones Piccadilly, London. In the meantime, you can find more information on all of the shortlisted authors on the Edge Hill website.

04 May 2013

2013 Scott Prize winner announced

AUTHOR_Kirsty_LoganKirsty Logan has been named as the winner of this year’s Scott Prize for Short Stories, for her collection The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales. The annual Scott Prize, delivered by Salt Publishing, is the only international prize for debut full length collections of short stories written in English. Logan is a fiction writer, literary editor, columnist and book reviewer. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in around 80 anthologies and magazines, recorded for podcasts, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and exhibited in galleries. Warm congratulations to Kirsty Logan and to this year’s shortlisted authors: Alistair Daniel (UK) – Marriage à la Mode April L. Ford (USA) – The Poor Children Jane Hammons (USA) – A Place Called Beautiful Jenny Holden (UK) – Flexitime Hilary Hughes (UK) – Word Salad Dan Powell (UK) – Looking Out of Broken Windows Leone Ross (UK) – Lipstick, Lighters, Pens & Porn Colette Sartor (USA) – Kinship, Friendship, and Other Afflictions Peter Vilbig (USA) – Signal Boom Signal Crash Jill Widner (USA) – A Green Raft on a Muddy Swell You can find full details about the prize, winner and shortlisted writers on the Salt Publishing blog. (Author photo © Monkeytwizzle)

26 April 2013

The results are in for the 2013 THRESHOLDS International Short Story Feature Writing Competition

The results are in and we are delighted to announce that our £500 first prize winner is Nuala Ní Chonchúir, with her feature essay ‘A Trio of Irish Short Stories’. Dan Powell placed as runner-up with a feature on Stig Dagerman’s The Games of Night. The team of five judges felt the strength of the submissions this year was remarkable: ‘it has been an absolute pleasure to read through the entries – to see the time and effort that has gone into each one, specifically for this competition. We’re very grateful to each entrant, and we’re honoured to see the quality of material that the Competition has inspired.’ AUTHOR_Nuala Ní ChonchúirNuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1970; she lives in East Galway. Her fourth short story collection Mother America was published by New Island in 2012; The Irish Times said of it: ‘Ní Chonchúir’s precisely made but deliciously sensual stories mark her as a carrier of Edna O’Brien’s flame.’ Her début novel You (New Island, 2010) was called ‘a gem’ by The Irish Examiner and ‘a heart-warmer’ by The Irish Times. Her third full poetry collection The Juno Charm was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011. Nuala’s second novel will be published in 2014. AUTHOR_Dan_PowellDan Powell was dragged up in the West Midlands and currently fills his nights teaching part-time while studying for an MA in Creative Writing. His short fictions have popped up in many, many places, most recently in the pages of Carve, Paraxis, and Structo. He was recently awarded a Carve Esoteric Award for his short story ‘Storm in a Teacup’ and his Yeovil Prize winning story ‘Half-mown Lawn’ is included in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt Publishing). He procrastinates at Nuala’s winning entry was described by the judges as ‘a rich, deft piece about the way we are each inhabited by stories’. You can read ‘A Trio of Irish Short Stories’ here.

25 April 2013

The White Review Prize winner announced

Congratulations to Claire-Louise Bennett, winner of this year’s White Review Prize. Bennett’s story ‘The Lady of the House’ was named winner of the short story competition for emerging writers this evening at a prize-giving ceremony. The shortlisted stories: ‘Popular Mechanics’ by Gareth Dickson; ‘The Story I’m Thinking of’ by Jonathan Gibbs; ‘The Taxidermist’ by Olivia Heal; ‘Towards White, 1975’ by Scott Morris; ‘The Final Journals of Dr Peter Lurneman’ by Luke Neima; ‘Fairy Tale Ending’ by Stacy Patton; ‘How to be an Astronaut’ by J. D. A. Winslow. You can read the winning story on The White Review website.

23 March 2013

Junot Díaz wins the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award for ‘Miss Lora’

AUTHOR_junot-diazCongratulations to American author Junot Díaz, winner of this year’s Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. Díaz was presented with the £30,000 cheque – the largest award for a single short story – by Joanna Trollope at a ceremony at the Oxford Literary Festival last night. Prize judge Andrew O’Hagan said that ‘Miss Lora’, Díaz’s winning story, ‘has the feel of a contemporary classic’ and that it ‘echoes in the heart as well as the mind’. Junot Díaz joins a winners’ circle of Kevin Barry, who won the Award last year with ‘Beer Trip to Llandudno’, American Anthony Doerr, who won in 2011 for his ‘The Deep’, and New Zealander C K Stead, who won the inaugural Award in 2010 with ‘Last Season’s Man’. For full details of the Award winner and shortlisted authors, visit the BookTrust website. You can read about Díaz’s writing in a recent THRESHOLDS post, where Ruba Abughaida takes a look at his linked collection This is How You Lose Her.

02 March 2013

Author Pawel Huelle’s Cold Sea Stories longlisted for the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Polish author Pawel Huelle’s short story collection Cold Sea Stories, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, has been long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Honouring the best work of fiction by a living author, which has been translated into English and published in the UK, the prize gives equal recognition to both the author and translator. Published by Comma Press, Cold Sea Stories is ‘a breathtaking voyage into Poland’s political and historical landscape, from post-Nazi invasion to the Solidarity movement.’ For full details, please visit Pawel Huelle’s page at Comma Press.

01 March 2013

Inaugural International Salt Prize winners announced

In 2012, Salt Publishing launched three new creative writing contests, known collectively as The Salt Prizes, for best single short story, best flash fiction and best single poem. After receiving ‘a truly extraordinary response’, the judges have named Jay Merill’s story ‘As Birds Fly’ winner of the £1,000 award for Best Individual Short Story. Pearse Murray’s ‘Off Kaizersgracht’ came in second place, and Jonathan Pinnock’s story ‘Duo for Oboe and Violin’ in third. The Best Individual Flash Fiction prize went to Armando Celayo for If This Was A Love Story’, with the second prize awarded to Clare Conlon for ‘Clean Me’ and third prize to Tania Hershman’s flash ‘A Song for Falling’. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up in the International Salt Prize 2012. Best Individual Short Story runners-up: Joanna Campbell — ‘Following Candace’ Catherine Mee — ‘French Lessons’ Alban Miles — ‘Fish Eyes’ Matthew Morgan — ‘Absent Stars’ Dan Powell — ‘A Storm in a Teacup’ Cherise Saywell — ‘Hard Shoulder’ Adam Wilshaw — ‘Flowers, Whisky’ Best Individual Flash Fiction runners-up: Kevlin Henney — ‘A Higher Calling’ Annemarie Hoeve — ‘An Acquired Taste’ Danielle McLaughlin — ‘Clock’ Allie Rogers — ‘Cool for Cats’ Jose Varghese — ‘Argumentative Hands’ Judi Walsh — ‘Victor’ Jan Woolf — ‘Fixed’ For full details of the International Salt Prize 2012, please see the Salt Publishing blog.

27 February 2013

Fish Short Story Prize long and short-listed stories announced

Congratulations to the long and shortlisted writers for this year’s Fish Short Story Prize. From 1,600 submissions, the judges narrowed the stories down to 348 on the longlist, from which they selected 89 stories to compile the shortlist. Judge Philip O’Ceallaigh (pictured) will choose the winners whose stories will be published in the Fish Anthology later this year. The winning entries will be announced on 17 March 2013. See the Fish Publishing website for full details of the long and shortlisted authors.

26 February 2013

The shortlist is announced for Salt Publishing’s Scott Prize

The shortlist has been announced for the only international prize for debut full length collections of short stories written in English – the International Scott Prize for Short Stories. The winner, whose collection will be published by Salt Publishing, will be announced in April. Along with congratulating the shorlisted writers, Salt say: ‘We are also delighted to see the short story now thriving in the UK, a country that seemed, just a few years ago, to have abandoned the genre; yet the explosion of new magazines and new methods of reaching readers has led to a dramatic resurgence.’ Congratulations to the eleven shortlisted writers: Alistair Daniel (UK) – Marriage à la Mode April L. Ford (USA) – The Poor Children Jane Hammons (USA) – A Place Called Beautiful Jenny Holden (UK) – Flexitime Hilary Hughes (UK) – Word Salad Kirsty Logan (UK) – The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales Dan Powell (UK) – Looking Out of Broken Windows Leone Ross (UK) – Lipstick, Lighters, Pens & Porn Colette Sartor (USA) – Kinship, Friendship, and Other Afflictions Peter Vilbig (USA) – Signal Boom Signal Crash Jill Widner (USA) – A Green Raft on a Muddy Swell Full details about the Scott Prize can be found on the Salt Publishing website and blog.

24 February 2013

The Sunday Times EFG Award short-list announced

The short-list for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award has just been announced. With a list made up of established and emerging writers, it’s going to be a fascinating award to watch. The winner will be announced at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on March 22, where they will receive the world’s largest prize for a single short story – £30,000. Congratulations to all on the short-list. The stories and authors are: Miss Lora by Junot Diaz The Gun by Mark Haddon Evie by Sarah Hall The Dig by Cynan Jones Call It ‘The Bug’ Because I Have No Time To Think of a Better Title by Toby Litt The Beholder by Ali Smith Full details for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award can be found on the Book Trust website.

February 2013

BBC Radio 4 searches for five short stories by ‘new voices’

BBC Radio 4 has commissioned Sweet Talk to produce five short stories by new voices for their returning series of broadcasts named ‘The Time Being‘. Sweet Talk, the independent radio production company has, in recent times, broadcast work by authors including Nick Walker, Morven Crumlish, Alison MacLeod, Toby Litt, Simon Stephenson, Louise Stern, Andrew Miller, Jesmyn Ward, Olga Grushin, James Hopkin, Esi Edugyan, Shena Mackay, M.J. Hyland, Scarlett Thomas and former The Time Being contributors Heidi Amsinck and Tania Hershman. Writers wishing to submit should be aware of the following: ° This is a week of new voices, so we’re looking for writers who are as yet unbroadcast (and largely unpublished: i.e. having a story in a magazine or anthology here and there is OK, but a track record of novels and story collections in print is not!) ° Please don’t submit stories that have been previously ‘performed’ (e.g. at readings events which have been filmed/recorded and put on YouTube etc.) ° Ideally, stories will not have previously appeared in print or online. ° Broadcast stories will be read by a single voice. ° Stories need to be between 2000 and 2200 words in length. ° Please put full contact details (name, post and email address, phone number) including any alternative contact details for vacations and a word count on the title page of each story. ° No more than two stories per writer, please. ° We are unable to return manuscripts or provide feedback on unsuccessful submissions. The closing date for submissions is 22 March 2013. Please email stories to

January 2013

The London Magazine Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the winners of The London Magazine Short Story Competition, announced at a champagne reception on the House of Commons terrace on Tuesday 22nd January. Judges Edna O’Brien, Cathy Galvin and Alison Macleod named Sophie Hampton as winner of the £500 prize, while second prize went Mary O’Shea and third to Neil Herrington. Sophie Hampton was born and brought up in London and is an MA Writing student at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2012 Sophie won the Seán Ó Faoláin Prize, was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and had her story The Cairn broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She is currently working on her first collection of short fiction. About her win, Sophie said: “I am thrilled that Les Pieds de Dieu was chosen by such a distinguished panel of judges and delighted that the story is going to be published in this prestigious magazine.” Mary O’Shea grew up in Cork. She studied at U.C.C. where she was awarded a Master’s degree in French literature. Stories of hers have appeared in The London Magazine, New Irish Writing and in two Willesden Herald New Short Stories anthologies. She has won a Hennessy Literary Award and prizes in a number of competitions including the William Trevor International Short Story Competition, Segora, Willesden Herald, and The London Magazine. She is currently working on a novel and hoping to get her short fiction collected for publication. She lives with her husband in Cork. Neil Herrington grew up in Somerset and studied at the University of Southampton. He has lived in Japan and China and now lives in London. Neil has worked for the British Council and the Open University and currently works for Regent’s College London as their Business Development Manager. He has published two short stories with Ether Books and is working on a novel, entitled Imperialist Running Dogs, which is set in Shanghai at the time of the Iraq War. You can find further details of The London Magazine Short Story Competition on their website.

30 January 2013

Avril Joy wins the Costa Short Story Award

Last night, the winners of the inaugural Costa Short Story Award were announced. Congratulations to first prize winner Avril Joy, who wrote ‘Millie and Bird’. This was one of six shortlisted stories judged anonymously by the public on the Costa Book Awards website – it sees ‘two young girls find themselves caught in a world where love is unpredictable and attachment is dangerous’. Our congratulations also go out to runners-up Chioma Okereke and Guy Le Jeune, as well as the shortlisted writers Angela Readman, Sheila Llewellyn and Sally Vickers. Avril Joy writes novels, short stories and poetry and has recently completed a new venture into crime fiction, Blood Tide, a novel set in the heart of Newcastle. She posts regularly about life and writing on her blog which can be found at Chioma Okereke started her writing career as a poet before turning her hand to fiction. Her debut novel, Bitter Leaf, was published by Virago Press in 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize –Best First Book, Africa. She is currently working on her next book. Guy Le Jeune started to write two years ago after a long a career in the theatre industry. His work has been commended in the 2011 Sean O’Faolain Prize and was shortlisted for the 2012 Fish Publishing Short Story Prize. For full Award details, please visit the Costa Book Awards website.

20 January 2013

The Sunday Times Private Bank Short Story Award Longlist Announced

The 2013 judges – including Joanna Trollope, Sarah Waters, Andrew O’Hagan and Lionel Shriver – have just announced the longlisted stories for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. Congratulations to all the writers who are now in the running for the £30,000 award. The Longlist: Caroline Adderson – ‘Erection Man’ Junot Diaz – ‘Miss Lora’ Helen Dunmore – ‘Spotted Dick’ Adam Foulds – ‘Tunnelling’ Mark Haddon – ‘The Gun’ Sarah Hall – ‘Evie’ Cynan Jones – ‘The Dig’ Philomena Kearney Byrne – ‘Honda fifty’ Toby Litt – ‘Call it “The Bug” Because I Have No Time to Think of a Better Title’ Belinda McKeon – ‘Eyes on Me, Eyes on You’ Mark McNay – ‘Ten Years Too Late’ C D Rose – ‘Arkady Who Couldn’t See and Artem Who Couldn’t Hear’ Ali Smith – ‘The Beholder’ Graham Swift – ‘I Live Alone’ Claire Vaye Watkins – ‘Rondine al Nido’ Samuel Wright – ‘Best Friend’ For full details of the authors, stories and the award, visit the Book Trust website.

11 January 2013

Winners of the Rubery Short Story Award Announced

Congratulations to Melanie Whipman, winner of the 2012 Rubery Short Story Award. ‘Peacock Girl’ is a story of love, where we are drawn into the world of a mother whose daughter is a female boxer named Our Peacock. The second prize in the competition went to Eve Vamvas for ‘By the Light of the Moon’, while third prize went to Andrea Stephenson for her story ‘The End of Hope’. Congratulations to all of the winners and to the shortlist. The shortlisted writers are: Gail Anderson Sarah Evans Carly Holmes William Kelly Anita Punton Paddy Ricard Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn For full details of the 2012 Rubery Short Story Award and winning stories, visit















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