Short Fiction in Theory and Practice 10.2 special issue on Short Fiction as Humble Fiction, guest-edited by Christine Reynier, following the ENSFR conference at Montpellier in October 2019 is now available from Intellect Press. It also includes an interview with Sarah Hall, book reviews by Corinne Bigot and an interview with film-maker Eric Steel on his adaption of David Bezmozgis’ ‘Minyan’ .
Editorial :’The power of short fiction as a humble genre’
‘Humbling the human: Posthuman explorations in contemporary short fiction’
‘The singular effect of brevity: Why Katherine Mansfield’s “The Fly” could not have been a novel’
‘Regionalist short fiction as humble fiction’
‘Tourism, tourists, humility and the humble in E. M. Forster’s “The Story of the Siren” (1920)’
‘Humility and the humble: A reading of the Nepali short stories of Maheshbikram Shah’
‘”The extremely private literary giant”: Alice Munro’s poetics of humility’
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)
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 Pete Kalu reflects on his own practice as a Black British writer.
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.