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Welcome To Thresholds

July 10th 2015

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum. Members can participate by joining our team of bloggers, entering into online discussions, and submitting material to Writing Exercises, Author Profiles, We Recommend and Discussions. Contact us at:


The Art of Swimming in Winter

September 30th 2015

‘During our conversations, Hogan informed me that he writes only short stories now because they are “fitting for our time”…’ SHAUNA GILLIGAN looks at the writing life of Irish author Desmond Hogan, and considers his shift from novels to short stories.


The Short Story Festival

September 23rd 2015

It's the last weekend in September and that means one thing to us at Thresholds: The Small Wonder International Short Story Festival.


Something Wild

September 21st 2015

MORGAN OMOTOYE finds the wildness in this modern-day fairy tale: ‘Thomas McGuane’s short story ‘Stars’, published in The New Yorker in June 2013, is about Jessica Ramirez, an astronomer. This ‘star gazer’, when we first meet her, is on an early morning hike, her surroundings full of bewildering awe…’


Crying with Laughter

September 16th 2015

GINA CHALLEN discusses the comedy in Franz Kafka's short story writing: 'There is a wealth of humour in Kafka; it all depends on how you read him…'


Can Children Sort it Out?

September 14th 2015

'Some short story collections open with a very strong story that takes you by surprise, to the point of wondering whether the writer will, as we read the stories that follow, live up to the expectations thus raised...' JOSE VARGHESE finds much to admire in A.J. Ashworth's 'Sometimes Gulls Kill Other Gulls'.


Live to Write… Love to Read

September 9th 2015

Neil Hargreaves talks to us about Cut a Long Story (CUT) – a wonderful new e-publishing social network, developed by writers for writers.


Unpacking Sergei Dovlatov’s Suitcase

July 13th 2015

ALAN McMONAGLE takes a look inside Sergei Dovlatov's collection The Suitcase and finds the author hidden within the pages: 'One day in the early 1980s, the Russian émigré-writer Sergei Dovlatov opened the door of a seldom-used closet in his Forest Hills apartment in New York City...'

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A Novel in Stories

July 8th 2015

ERINNA METTLER discovers the intricacies of a novel in stories from author Elizabeth Strout: '...when you combine the two tales, and the judgements you made about Olive in the first story, each story becomes something bigger than itself...'


The End

July 6th 2015

PETER JORDAN examines Ezra Pound's influence on the ending of 'Up in Michigan' by Ernest Hemingway: 'Indeed, ‘Up in Michigan’s’ final paragraph might just be the place to look if you want to see where Hemingway made the leap from young budding writer to potential literary superstar...'

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