The Edge Hill Prize 2020 for a published short story collection from the UK or Ireland has just been announced.  £10,000 will be awarded to the winner in November.  The collections are: Paris Syndrome by Lucy Sweeney Byrne (Banshee Press) This Paradise by Ruby Cowling (Boiler House Press) What Are You Like by Shelley Day (Postbox Press) Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall (Faber) This Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim (Influx Press)Read More →

KATHERINE MANSFIELD AND CHILDREN Editors Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK and Todd Martin, Huntington University, USA Virginia Woolf once remarked that Katherine Mansfield had ‘a kind of childlikeness somewhere which has been much disfigured, but still exists’. This ‘childlikeness’ is indeed a facet of Mansfield’s personality which permeates every aspect of her personal and creative life. It is present in her mature fiction, where some of her most well-known and accomplished stories, such as ‘Prelude’ and ‘At the Bay’, have children as protagonists; it is present in her early poetry, which includes a collection of poems for children intended for publication; it is alsoRead More →

Vol. 9.2. of the peer-reviewed journal Short Fiction in Theory and Practice is out now with articles on A.M. Homes, Thomas Harris, Lydia Davies, Samuel Beckett, Carson McCullers, Anton Chekhov and more. Plus Jonathan Crane reflects on realism in his own fiction. Robert M. Luscher on the American short story cycle, Felicity Skelton on Canadian fiction and Sarah Whitehead on Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture; and Ailsa Cox interviews Lucy Wood, the Cornish-based author of Diving Belles and The Sing  of the Shore. We welcome submissions of articles, book reviews, interviews, reports and translations on any aspect of short-story writing.  For more information contact AilsaRead More →

International Symposium: The American Short Story: Old and New, October 15-17, 2020 Organized by the Department of American Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria and  the Society for the Study of the American Short Story (SSASS)  The American Short Story: Old and New October 15-17, 2020   Photo: Robin Peer CONFERENCE DIRECTORS Gudrun M. Grabher University of Innsbruck / Austria gudrun.m.grabher@uibk.ac.at James Nagel University of Georgia / USA jnagel@uga.edu The Department of American Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and the Society for the Study of the American Short Story (SSASS) invite proposals for papers and presentations at an international symposium to be held inRead More →

In today’s world, there is ample evidence of the return of borders worldwide; as a material reality, as a concept, and as a way of thinking. Edited by Barbara Korte and Laura Lojo-Rodriguez, Borders and Border Crossings in the Contemporary British Short Story focuses on the ways in which the contemporary British short story mirrors, questions and engages with border issues in national and individual life. It discusses the work of wide range writers including Zadie Smith, Anne Enright, Kamila Shamsie, Valda Jackson, Andrea Levy, Sarah Hall, Hanif Kureishi, China Mieville, Daisy Johnson, Jon McGregor and Helen Simpson, and includes a chapter in which PeteRead More →

Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society  Editors: Kym Brindle and Karen D’Souza ‘But this is all a dream you see. I want to come home – to come home’ Letter from Mansfield to Murry [18 March 1918]   Home figures as an ambivalent construct in the writing of Katherine Mansfield. This special issue of Tinakori looks to explore issues of space and belonging in Mansfield’s work. We seek proposals exploring the ways in which aspects of identity in Mansfield’s work are articulated by engagement with both material and emotive notions of home. What is the significance of home and conversely homelessness for Mansfield’s creative imagination?Read More →

Latest issue of Short Fiction in Theory and Practice  out now, with articles on Alice Munro, and Elizabeth Strout and new collaborative fiction from Rupert Loydell and Amy Lilwall.  There is also an interview with Tessa Hadley and a review of new books on editing.  Graham Mort’s story, ‘Emporium’ explores the short story as ‘humble’ fiction from a practice-based perspective, introducing the topic ahead of the forthcoming ENSFR conference on this topic.Read More →

Katherine Mansfield: Inspirations and Influences Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland 5–7 July 2019 An international conference organised by the Katherine Mansfield Society Hosted by the Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow Supported by Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia Trnava University, Slovakia The New Zealand Embassy, Warsaw and the University of Northampton, UK KEYNOTE SPEAKER Professor Kirsty Gunn University of Dundee, UK CALL FOR ABSTRACTS This international conference celebrates the diversity of influences which inspired acclaimed New Zealand modernist short story writer, Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923). From her upbringing in Wellington, New Zealand, her schooling in London, and her return to Europe at the age of nineteenRead More →

The winner of the £10,000 Edge Hill Prize for a published short story collection will be announced at an award ceremony in London on Saturday November 3rd.  The shortlisted authors are Tessa Hadley, Sarah Hall, Alison MacLeod, Tom Rachman and  Leone Ross.  There will be readings from all five collections: book your tickets at Waterstones Bookshop, Piccadilly.Read More →

Short Fiction in Theory and Practice 7.2 and 8.1 & 2 are all available now.  7.2 is a special issue on ‘Haunting in the Short Story’, with articles from the conference held at the University of Angers in 2015.  The double issue 8. 1 & 2 contains articles from the ENSFR annual conference held at Edge Hill in 2016 on the theme ‘”Child of the Century”: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media.  It also contains an exclusive translation by Lyn Marven of a story by German writer Roman Ehrlich, and an interview with him by Lyn Marven and Andrew Plowright. 9.1, a general issue, isRead More →