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Welcome To Thresholds

May 26th 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:


2015 International Feature Writing Competition Shortlist

May 27th 2015

photo © bass_nroll, 2014   Now in its fourth year, the THRESHOLDS International Fe...

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The 2015 Competition Longlist

May 20th 2015

Over the past few weeks, the team of THRESHOLDS judges has been busy reading and re-reading the entries, debating and deliberating. Now, we bring you.… The 2015 THRESHOLDS Features Award longlist.


Edna O’Brien

May 6th 2015

We are delighted to bring you this exclusive interview with Edna O'Brien, winner of the Charleston-Chichester Award for a Lifetime's Excellence in Short Fiction, recorded at the Small Wonder Short Story Festival last September...


That First Love

April 27th 2015

VICTORIA HEATH looks at the story that made her want to write, 'First Love, Last Rites' by Ian McEwan: 'The ‘it’ is often referred to more sinisterly as the ‘creature’ and it’s the crux that McEwan uses to turn this story from that of a starry-eyed relationship into something darker and far more interesting...'


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...'


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...'

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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...'

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