Welcome To Thresholds

photograph by Natalie Miller

Following a ground-breaking period of publishing and support – both national and international – for the short story, it is with regret we must announce that THRESHOLDS will no longer be accepting submissions or publishing new content. The University of Chichester is proud to have supported this project and continues to value its significant resources and unique archive of materials about the short story form and its writers. Sadly, Thresholds will cease activity from 02 October 2018.


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.

Like doorways and other thresholds, the short story form gives us the sense that we are crossing worlds, and entering new realities and states of mind.  Across the threshold, both reader and protagonist arrive, often together, at fresh perceptions of what it means to be – and feel – alive.

Although the short story was a popular feature of many magazines for most of the last century, in more recent years the form has too often been overlooked and undervalued, considered by many to be little more than the means by which aspiring novelists hone their craft.  At THRESHOLDS, however, we have no doubt that the short story is a vital literary form in its own right, deserving of serious critical attention and acclaim.

While a novel has the luxury of time and space in which to develop, a short story must, by necessity, be concise and finely wrought.  It is through this compression and close attention to detail that a great short story achieves its unique and characteristic intensity.  Focusing as it traditionally does on a moment in time, the short story takes a spotlight and shines it on one character and one short series of events, illuminating the very point at which the world changes utterly.  Through this intense examination of character,  the short story comes to life, and by the end, we are left with a vivid sense of having been, for a brief time, in the body of another.  What a privilege!  What a gift!

To achieve this connection with the reader, the writer must be able to identify the exact images and precise details that are essential to the story.  And more so than with the novel, the writer must be an intimate companion to his protagonist.  There is no time for him to uncover the history of his character.  He must intuit the back-story from the very beginning.  It is through this deep understanding, this deep empathy with the protagonist, that the writer takes us across the threshold of change and shows us, not tells us, the story of the moment in which a life was irrevocably lost, redeemed, narrowed or awakened.

We hope that you will step across our threshold and find within these pages a vibrant and comfortable, yet challenging world dedicated to the short story and all it can be.

all good wishes,



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11 Responses to "Welcome To Thresholds"

  • scpatton 06:54 AM 18/3/2011

    Greetings from way down under, Tasmania, Australia in fact. Just registered with the site. Looking forward to learning from and interacting with Threshold’s contributors and users.
    SC Patton (www.scpatton.blogspot.com)

  • Alison MacLeod 02:50 PM 18/3/2011

    Hi S.C., Thanks for commenting. Terrific to have you with us. (And please feel free to spread the word to other story readers and writers you know. We love talking long-distance!)

  • zerodegreeac 02:33 AM 20/11/2012

    So artistic. I love it :))

  • cat 07:21 AM 19/2/2013

    Just registered also and am looking forward to delving into the site. Ciao Catherine

  • Zebulon 05:30 PM 03/3/2013

    Thanks for the welcome! Looking forward to some interesting interactions here. Stepping off the edge and diving in. It’s good to connect! 🙂

  • Vicki Heath 11:50 AM 08/3/2013

    Welcome Catherine and Zebulon, and thanks for commenting here. Do feel free to add comments to any of our other posts that you find interesting. Enjoy The Forum!

  • iClimate 02:28 PM 20/5/2013

    I love reading short stories and the way they can whisk me off into another realm. So thanks for this useful resource.

  • Alison MacLeod 05:17 PM 22/5/2013

    Our pleasure, Usmann! We’re delighted to have you here at Thresholds. Feel free to visit often!

  • erinnamettler 05:26 PM 15/4/2014

    […] also to Threshold’s Short Story Forum, The Brighton Fringe and Radio Reverb but most of all thanks to anyone who entered our little […]

  • PASTOLIS 05:26 PM 09/10/2014

    Hi — I’ve just joined having decided to get back into writing after a 25 year rest. Very interested in short story writing. Hope to be a regular here.

    • Vicki Heath 12:14 PM 10/10/2014

      Great to have you with us, Paula. And please feel free to join the conversation by commenting on the feature posts!

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