Prospect and Story

Prospect magazine publishes a short story every month. A selection of features from the magazine is published here.

Learning from the master

Principles of a Story by Raymond Carver

This essay was published in the September 2005 edition of Prospect magazine, who have kindly allowed us to make it available to users of this web site.

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Reclaiming the story

You can also read an article by Alexander Linklater, deputy editor of Prospect, which accompanied the announcement of the National Short Story Prize

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A Short History of the Short Story

Novelist William Boyd on the history of the genre, originally published by The Quarter (distributed with Prospect) and sponsored by NESTA.

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Prospect magazine short story

Each month, Prospect magazine features a short story, some of which are available to read for free online.

November's story was 'In the Jar' by Irish writer Julian Gough: 'Adrift at sea, submerged in olive oil, all my bodily needs are satisfied, and I can dream.'

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December's story is 'Testicular cancer vs the behemoth' by Adam Marek, which you can read by buying the latest edition of Prospect.

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