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Welcome To Thresholds

May 9th 2016

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum, with over 80,000 visits per year. 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: thresholds@chi.ac.uk.

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Beyond the Barren Landscape

May 25th 2016

Longlisted in the 2016 Competition, NICOLE MANSOUR appreciates the murkier side of Australia in Elizabeth Harrower's A Few Days in the Country: 'Few Australian writers, in my opinion, traverse these dim corners of ambiguity, or unearth this more uncommon caliginosity from far beneath its exterior, in either their characters or their writing – Murray Bail and Gerard Murnane are notable exceptions. Elizabeth Harrower is another…'

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There Is Another Way

May 23rd 2016

Author ERINNA METTLER explores the various options available for publishing a collection of short stories today: 'Sadly, many agents don’t take on short story collections because publishers won’t read them … No matter, this is the way it is, so we will have to find a way around it…'

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Dance, old scarecrow, she said, while I dancing with you.

May 18th 2016

Longlisted in the 2016 Competition, DAVID BUTLER finds a distinctive universe, the human condition and entertainment in Eudora Welty's 'A Worn Path': 'It is a world contiguous with that of the Brer Rabbit stories of Uncle Remus and, like them, it has something of the quality of myth…'

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Writing a ‘Topsy-Turvey’ World

May 16th 2016

Longlisted in the 2016 Competition, ELEANOR FITZSIMONS profiles the life and short story writing of 'New Woman' George Egerton: 'Egerton’s women reject their proscribed roles as guardians of morality, and refuse to engage in the heteronormative courtship plots familiar to readers of the time. Instead, they cooperate with other women, often overcoming constructed ethnic and social divisions in pursuit of agency and self-determination…'

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Remember, Remember

May 11th 2016

Longlisted in the 2016 Competition, SUE WILSEA finds contemporary resonance and universal thruths in Winifred Holtby's Remember, Remember! 'As well as being a prolific writer of not just fiction but also of journalese, reviews and lectures, she was also a political campaigner, reformer and political activist, most notably for black trade union rights in South Africa. Without doubt, today she would have been on the picket line with the junior doctors and campaigning on behalf of migrants…'

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The Women History Cast Aside

May 9th 2016

In this longlisted essay from the 2016 Competition, Stephanie Williamson discovers women that history cast aside, in Megan Mayhew Bergman's Almost Famous Women collection: 'What stunned me while reading this book was that these women were so daring, so different and so controversial, yet they were still forgotten. Some of them were overshadowed by more famous relatives, others never given the chance to shine…'

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The Golden Contract

May 4th 2016

In this longlisted essay from the 2016 Competition, TRACY FELLS wonders whether she would accept Roald Dahl's Golden Contract in 'The Great Automatic Grammatizator': 'With fiction Dahl could pinpoint, with cringing accuracy, what makes us tick. He knew our darkest fears, worst nightmares and exposed our secret desires in all their gluttonous glory…'

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How to Kill a Man

May 2nd 2016

In this longlisted essay from the 2016 Competition, SCOTT WILSON discovers the best way to kill a man in Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s ‘In a Bamboo Grove’: 'Murder is the ultimate crime and, as readers, we are routinely transfixed by stories that feature clever killers. These killers often exhibit a style of creative and lateral thinking that is strangely mesmerising to read or watch…'

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Subjective Apocalypse

April 27th 2016

SOPHIA KIER-BYFIELD finds subjective interpretations of 'apocalypse' in Lucy Corin’s One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses: 'It was the idea of apocalypse reworked that first drew me to the book: it allows for a diversion from the path of conventional apocalyptic or science fiction. These aren’t just stories about the collapse of our surroundings by natural disaster or alien invasion, but a thorough interrogation of what the word apocalypse can signify, as well as the creative energy that is knotted together with destruction…'

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