Competition Longlist and Other Stories

Hello from all at Short Fiction

We are thrilled to announce this year’s competition longlist, which you can see here. Huge congratulations to all who made the cut, and thank you to everyone who entered – some 450 stories.
The shortlist will be announced on Friday 16th June, the winner shortly after.

A bit of an announcement… A little heavy-hearted, but we’ve concluded that Issue 10 will be our final print edition. It’s been an amazing journey, one we owe most thanks to founding editor Anthony Caleshu. In ten years we’ve published around 120 short stories from across the world, discovering along the way some fabulous new voices, writers who have gone on to great literary successes. It’s been a delight to edit their work, to commission illustrations to accompany it. A glance at our back issues are, we hope, testament to the quality of fiction we’ve put out there.

   

In short the literary journal is a niche publication, one that must constantly battle for existence, and although we will continue to publish fiction online, to grow our archive of stories, we are no longer in a position to put out a physical book. We thank you all for your support over the years – some of you might even possess all ten issues – and by way of gratitude, we’ve reduced the last box of Issue 10s to just £5 each. So if you want to grab a piece of history, best be quick.

Our ever popular short story masterclass continues online, a 5-week course you can sign up for here. More and more of our students are seeing work written here published, including in one case an entire collection. Next course kicks off on June 18th and dates for future ones will appear soon.

There remains some wonderfully innovative journals out there, their presence vital in the unveiling of exciting new voices, authors who may never emerge without them, so we urge you to support them when you can.

For now, in terms of things you can touch and feel, farewell…

Tom Vowler
Editor

Short Fiction Prize 2017

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Short Fiction is delighted to announce the 2017 short story prize is now open for entries. First prize is £500 plus publication, and the runner-up receives £100. Third prize receives a place on our online masterclass. Entry fee £7 per story. The deadline is March 31st. Click here for details of how to enter. Good luck.

And why not get your literary year off to a fabulous start and treat yourself to our online short story masterclass, taught by award-winning authors and editors. Study from anywhere.

We have a few copies of Issue 10 left, which includes Nick Holdstock, Kit de Waal, Colin Barrett, Ríona Judge McCormack, Inderjeet Mani, plus our competition winner, Michelle Coyne.

Plus there’s online fiction and interviews with some of the world’s best writers.

From all at Short Fiction, we wish you a lovely and literary 2017.

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ISSUE 10 – OUT NOW!

We are thrilled to announce the tenth issue of Short Fiction.

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There are 13 beautifully illustrated stories from around the world, 180 pages including Nick Holdstock, Kit de Waal, Colin Barrett, Ríona Judge McCormack, Inderjeet Mani, plus our competition winner, Michelle Coyne. And a 16-page centrepiece artwork by Lisa Stokes. We are so grateful for all your support over the years, and hope we have produced another fine issue for you.

You can order your copy for just £8 here.

Warm wishes

The Editors

Short Fiction – Issue 10

We are thrilled to show you the cover for Short Fiction‘s forthcoming issue, due this autumn.

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There are 13 beautifully illustrated stories from around the world.

180 pages featuring Nick Holdstock, Kit de Waal, Colin Barrett, Inderjeet Mani, plus our competition winner, Michelle Coyne.

Our featured artist is Lisa Stokes. You can pre-order your copy (only £8) by following this link.

As ever, we are grateful for all your support.

short story masterclass

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Short Fiction‘s first 5-week online masterclass filled up quickly, so if you missed out, we go again on March 6th. The course has been written and designed by our editors, who are all published authors and creative writing lecturers, and mines their wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for this most demanding of literary forms. Our aim is to unravel some of the mysteries and complexities of the short story, guiding you through the art and craft of composing pieces.

This immersion into the short story will include weekly feedback on your submitted work, the goal to produce a publishable piece by the end of the course. Study at home in your own time. Topics covered include:

A brief history of the short story

What makes stories come to life, and how to build them

Character, voice, narrative tension and dialogue

Beginnings and endings. Or just middles?

Obliquity, subtext, structure and lacunae

Less is more: the art of editing

Follow the link from our page here to find out more, and get your writing year off to a fabulous start.

Short Fiction Prize 2016

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We are delighted to announce our 2016 short story prize is now open for entries.
First prize is £500 plus publication, and the runner-up receives £100.
This year’s judge is award-winning poet and short story writer, Graham Mort.
The deadline is March 31st. Click here for more details of how to enter.
Good luck.

And why not get the year off to a fabulous start and treat yourself to our online short story masterclass, taught by award-winning authors and editors.

We only have a few copies of Issue 9 left – fiction by Toby Litt, Carol Mavor, Cynan Jones, Luke Kennard and Mary O’Donoghue, plus our competition winner. Artwork by David Shrigley – which you can order here.

Our new fiction page features stories from our archives, plus new work.

And look out for our series of interviews with some of the best short story writers out there.

From all at Short Fiction, we wish you a lovely and literary 2016.

Short Fiction Issue 9 – out now

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Short Fiction‘s current issue. 13 stories including fiction by Toby Litt, Carol Maver, Cynan Jones, Luke Kennard and Mary O’Donoghue, plus our competition winner. All fiction is presented with bespoke front illustration, and there is artwork throughout by David Shrigley.

Order your copy by following the link above.