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Read Principles of a story by Raymond Carver published in the September edition of Prospect magazine

the national short story prize
find out more about the new national short story prize funded by NESTA and supported by BBC Radio 4 and Prospect magazine

Welcome to story, the campaign to celebrate the short story. We believe that the short story is one of the most exciting and important literary forms, that can and should reach the widest possible readership. We believe that the short story matters.

Jackie Kay
Read Jackie Kay on why writing short stories makes her so happy

What can you find on this site? Simply everything you could ever want to know about the short story: reading them, writing them; events, competitions, workshops and projects.

You can search for short story collections currently published in the UK and read tips and articles from writers, agents and publishers on what makes a great short story and the great classic and contemporary stories they love.

You can also find out about the National Short Story Prize, funded by Nesta and supported by BBC Radio 4 and Prospect magazine.

Find out more about the BBC and its work with the short story

Edinburgh International Book FestivalShort stories were strongly represented at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival.
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celebrating the short story