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Short Stories

Sites that promote, review and publish short stories.

ShortStops UK

Fantastic site celebrating short stories, with comprehensive listings and coverage of magazines, journals, live events and authors.

Small Wonder Festival

Annual short story jamboree with readings, interviews, discussions and writers from all over the world.

Reading the Short Story

Fantastic and stimulating blog on reading short stories from Charles May, retired Professor who taught at California State University Professor, Long Beach.

The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival

Cork’s annual festival dedicated to the short story- includes the announcement of the prestigious Frank O’Connor Short Story Award.


Great international short story forum run by Chichester University’s Alison Macleod and Lorree Westron. Welcomes and encourages contributions from non-academics as well.

The Short Review

Wonderfully lively and enthusuastic site dedicated to the short story- lots of extracts and reviews.

Word Factory

Great resource for short story readers and writers with loads of useful features, links and suggestions. Also host regular events bringing readers and writers together.

Christopher Fielden

Really helpful and informative site offering advice, case studies and listing loads of opportunities for writers. Run by writer, Christopher Fielden.

Paul McVeigh

Paul’s site has comprehensive list of short story opportunities and loads of great interviews.

Comma Press

Trail-blazing, not-for-profit publisher celebrating the short story

 The Short Story

An independent platform passionate about one thing: short stories. With competitions, reviews, interviews, quotations, articles, archives, and more.

Roast Books

Very innovative and groundbreaking publisher of short fiction.

Rose Metal Press

Genre-defying publisher of short, flash and micro-fiction.

Salt Publishing

Publisher with a huge commitment to the short story.

The Short Story

Booktrust’s site solely focusing on all areas of the short story- news, reviews, features and awards.

Madras Press

Madras Press publishes individually bound short stories and novella-length booklets and distributes the proceeds to a growing list of charitable organizations chosen by their authors.

Avery Anthology

Committed publisher of two short fiction anthologies a year.

Leaf Books

Dedicated publisher of short fiction, micro-fiction and poetry by new and established authors all selected via competition entries submitted anonymously.

Matter Magazine

Feast of an annual anthology published by Mews Press at Sheffield Hallam University. Features the best new writing by past and present students of the university’s respected MA Writing programme alongside work by established guest writers.


Bi-annual anthology of new short fiction by both established and emerging writers.

Staccatto Fiction

Online home for flash and micro stories of less than 500 words. Comments and discussion very much encouraged.

Asham Award

Bi-annual short story prize for unpublished women writers. Publishes anthology that includes stories by established writers.

Short Fuse

Brighton’s cabaret style event devoted to the short story. See, also, Short Fuse in Leicester.


Regular flash fiction night in Brighton. Authors read their work in front of projected photo backdrop.

Big Green Bookshop

Ace bookshop and big champions of the short story

Bristol Storytelling Festival

Week of events celebrating stories and storytelling, held during National Storytelling Week. Includes local legends, folk tales, tall stories, historical anecdotes, ghostly rumours and enchanting yarns.

Spoken Ink

Site that offers audio readings of a broad range of short stories from well-known writers and emerging talents.

A Curious Singularity

Great group blog dedicated to exploring the short story form. Brainchild of Canadian short story writer Kate Sutherland.

Selected Shorts

Wonderful site celebrating new and classic short stories- online readings, interviews with new and emerging authors and springboard for live short story events.

Story Slam Live

Live showcase for London writers to present work, share experiences and meet other writers. Virtual slams and live events.

Five Chapters

Innovative website publishing a short story every week in five daily instalments.


Very innovative, twice-yearly vinyl LP featuring two short story writers brought out in May and November. Founded by writer Nathan Dunne and published by the Patrick White Memorial Fund.

The Story Corrective

Short story consultancy run by acclaimed short story writer Nik Perring. He will critique and provide editorial comments on any short story, regardless of length, for £40, within 7 days of receiving the story and payment.

I Heart Short Stories

Lindsay Tigue’s blog focussing on and championing short story collections.

Short Fiction in Theory and Practice

Exciting forthcoming journal that promises “an international forum for all those writing, reading, translating or publishing the short story, in all its diversity … we are concerned with the ongoing process and philosophy of composition rather than the ‘post-event’ dissection of literary texts.”

The Cardboard Book Project

Hugely original collection of 12 illustrated short stories written by Jemma Foster, made from recycled cardboard and hand painted in Argentina.

The Story Prize

Annual U.S. book award honouring the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction with a $20,000 cash award.

Shortfire Press

Digital-only publisher specialising in short stories from emerging and established writers. Aspires to be “a creative and vibrant place for readers to find great writers”. Brainchild of editor Clare Hey.