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 →

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 →

We are delighted to present the programme for this year’s ENSFR Conference in Montpellier: Short Fiction as Humble Fiction An International Conference organised by EMMA (Etudes Montpelliéraines du Monde Anglophone) with ENSFR (The European Network for Short Fiction Research)   17-18-19 October 2019 Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier3, France Site Saint Charles 2 Auditorium & Salle Kouros Convenors: Jean-Michel Ganteau & Christine Reynier       Thursday 17 October 9h45-10h15 Welcome   Auditorium 10h15 Opening of the Conference   10h30 Keynote lecture Chair: Christine Reynier Elke D’hoker (University of Leuven, Belgium) Humbling the Human: Animals in Contemporary Short Fiction   11h30 Coffee break (Jardin d’hiver)   12hRead More →

Borders, Intersections and Identity in the Contemporary Short Story in English is a conference organised by the Research Project Intersections: Gender and Identity in the Short Fiction of Contemporary British Women Writers (FEDER/AEI – FEM2017-83084-P) and the Research Group Discourse and Identity (GRC2015/002, GI_1924) in affiliation with the ENSFR (European Network for Short Fiction Research). The conference is to be held at the Faculty of Philology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on 23 and 24 May, 2019.Read More →

Protest Europe Award-winning British publishing house Comma Press, in partnership with the University of Angers, is looking to build link with other publishers, festivals and universities across Europe to partner with on an international collaboration project designed to re-engage readers and writers with people’s history and shared, common cultural heritage through a series of commissions focusing on the history of European protest. Exploring the links between different protest movements across Europe, these commissions will bring together publishers, writers, historians, activists, translators, researchers and universities to collaborate on the creation of a series of short stories, semi-fictionalising this history in a way which shows shared goals,Read More →

Registration is now open for the multi-disciplinary Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium, in honour of the surrealist writer and artist.  Leonora Carrington’s short stories are now republished by Silver Press as The Debutante and Other Stories.  Amongst many other treats, the event will include a reading of a specially written story by Claire Dean.Read More →

Twentieth-Century British Periodicals: Words and Art on the Printed Page, 1900-1999 4 July 2017 Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, UK Current scholarship on twentieth-century periodicals is moving beyond the study of the ‘little’ magazine and avant-garde publications. Many mainstream and specialist periodicals, including tabloids, broadsheets, illustrated newspapers, illustrated magazines, fashion magazines, ‘slick’ magazines, women’s magazines, art periodicals, trade and specialist periodicals, pulps, reviews, and political and campaigning magazines have yet to receive sustained critical attention. This interdisciplinary one-day * conference, coordinated by Dr Kate Macdonald, University of Reading, and Emma West, Cardiff University, will bring together scholars and collectorsRead More →