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Short Story Collections

Short Stories

In our time-pressured lives short stories are, unsurprisingly, a booming new format. Intense, concentrated and varied. See below for some of our favourite collections and find details of short story prizes in the right hand column.

The Best British Short Stories 2014
Nicholas Royle
This is a book for everyone, whether you furtively snatch your reading time or have the luxury of being able to sink into the welcoming depths of a book for hours. The short stories chosen here, pack in all of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/07/2014

The Best British Fantasy 2014
Steve Haynes
A gem of a book, with a hoard of treasure waiting to be unearthed. Some of these exquisite stories will quite literally transport you to another world, one that you didn't even realise existed until the very second you read...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/07/2014

Colum Mccann
In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. In 1845 Frederick Douglass, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014

Sometimes you want War and Peace and sometimes something a little thinner! Round here, we love a good short story! A short burst of escapism and perfect for the trip to work. After all a Test Match takes time and a 20/20 can be a lot more fun!


Joanna Trollope, novelist and prize judge has said: "Short stories are notoriously difficult to pull off successfully, needing—as they do—to involve the readers during reading as well as to leave them with something to reflect on afterwards, and all in only a few thousand words.”


Have a look at these great short stories and if you are an author read on for details of the new Costa Short Story Award, The Scott Prize and the BBC Short story prize that you may want to enter.



The Scott Prize logo 2012

The Scott Prize is an international annual prize for a first collection of short stories in English. The publisher Salt accepts submissions of short story manuscripts from 1st July until 31st October each year. The shortlist will be announced on 1 February the following year, the winner will be announced during April and published six months later. Click here to find out more.



BBC Short Story Award 2012

Now in its eighth year, the BBC National Short Story Award has expanded its remit to become the BBC International Short Story Award 2013. The Award continues to serve as a reminder of the power of the short story and to celebrate a literary form that is proving ever more versatile in the 21st century.

Click here to see the shortlisted authors.


And if you need some inspiration...  Kavita Jindal recently won the The Haruki Murakami Short Story Competition [in association with his publisher, Harvill Secker] - where entrants had to write a short story of no more than 1,500 words based on a line Haruki Murakami selected from his novel, 1Q84. Click here to read the whole wonderful short story.

A published poet, Kavita also contributed to the Tindal Press Short story collection Too Asian, Not Asian Enough.



Great short crime fiction from Maxim Jakubowksi


Maxim Best of British Crime jacket


Maxim has compiled the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, a must have anthology of the best short crime fiction. Click here to find out more.



Finally, here is a link to a list of other short story competitions you may want to consider entering




A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include:

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