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Welcome To Thresholds

March 13th 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:


So So Special

April 20th 2015

LELA TREDWELL recommends Robert Shearman's collection Everyone's Just So So Special: 'His writing is as good as you’re going to get to a dictionary definition of special: ‘better, greater and otherwise different from what is usual’. And it’s for his third collection of short stories, in particular, that he is just so, so special, to me...'


2015 Feature Writing Competition

April 20th 2015

The 2015 THRESHOLDS Feature Writing Competition is now open for entries, until Wednesday 06 May, 11:59pm (BST). £500 first prize. 2x £100 runner-up prizes. FREE to enter…


Everyday Hope

April 15th 2015

AMANDA OOSTHUIZEN recommends Simon Van Booy's collection Love Begins in Winter: 'I’ve returned to some of these stories several times, and I always find surprises. In that respect, it is the literary equivalent to great music, but written in prose that is elegant, spare and startling...'

FEATURE_Reading_ Magdalena-Roeseler

Hallmarking the Stories of Prosper Mérimée

April 6th 2015

MIKE SMITH finds seven short stories by Prosper Mérimée in The World's Thousand Best Short Stories and asks what unites them: ' there a Prosper Mérimée stamp upon them? Is there the common hallmark of the short story, whatever that might be?'


Overcoming Bumps, Blocks and Barricades

March 30th 2015

'The journey to the end of a story can be littered with plot holes, hold-ups, plans that need constant revision and, worst of all, a complete blockade. Enthusiasm will only get you so far...' LYNDA NASH shares some valuable strategies to help overcome the dreaded writer's block.

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Beta Life

March 23rd 2015

DAVID FRANKEL reflects on Beta Life from Comma Press, an anthology of short fiction and essays: '...what makes these stories particularly interesting is how they explore what it is that makes us human, the things at the core of how we react to the world...'

FEATURE_argeuing couple_Gustavo Gomes

Three Stories About Love

March 16th 2015

RAJAT CHAUDHURI examines the tension in love stories by Hemingway, Calvino and Chekhov: 'What ties these stories together and sets them apart from others is an undertow of tension.'


Writing Short Stories

March 9th 2015

We are pleased to bring you the foreword to Writing Short Stories, by acclaimed author Kate Clanchy: 'The short story, in contrast, shines a harsh light on every word you write and neither gives you a shape nor forgives you for getting the shape wrong...'

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Graham Greene’s Alice in Wonderland

March 2nd 2015

STEPHEN DEVEREUX takes us into the surreal underworld of Graham Greene's short Story 'Under the Garden': 'Greene plays with our desire for a plausible explanation, for a resolution of the mystery, but never supplies one...'

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