Wednesday 24 January 2018


1st Prize of £500
2 x Runner-up Prize of £100
PLUS, a selection of short story titles for the shortlist
DEADLINE: 18th March 2018, 11:59 pm (GMT)


THRESHOLDS is the only online forum dedicated to the reading, writing and study of the short story form. We are inviting submissions in either of the following feature categories:

Author Profile: exploring the life, writings and influence of a single short story writer.

We Recommend: personal recommendations of a collection, an anthology, a group of short stories or a single short story.**

FULL COMPETITION RULES CAN BE FOUND HERE. Entries should be emailed to: with the subject line ‘Feature Competition’.

The winning and runner-up feature essays and shortlist will be published on the THRESHOLDS Forum during 2018.

The competition winner will receive a prize of £500. Two runners-up will receive £100 each. Three shortlisted entries will receive a selection of fantastic short story titles generously provided by our friends at the Comma Press, Bristol Short Story Prize and Writing Maps.

Comma Press is a not-for-profit publishing initiative dedicated to promoting new writing, with an emphasis on the short story.

Writing Maps create illustrated maps for writers. Each one contains at least 12 extended and thought-provoking writing prompts that will help you explore places, people, characters in fiction, the writing process, and life in general.

The Bristol Short Story Award was founded in 2007 by the editors of the quarterly cultural magazine Bristol Review of Books. It aims to publish great short stories and promote the stories and writers and pursue a commitment to celebrate the short story genre, making it accessible and available to as wide an audience as possible.

September Publishing was founded in 2013. In an era of content availability, overwhelming choice and diminishing variety they believe publishers have a responsibility – to be curators, collaborators and long-term champions.

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