Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum. This project is no longer live but we hope this archive will provide useful information and resources to our audience.

We are based at the University of Chichester, in West Sussex, and aim to provide a creative and supportive space for anyone interested in the Short Story form – from Creative Writing and Literature students, to editors, lecturers, writers and readers of short fiction – wherever you are in the world.~

‘Look at the stories that wait and wait just at the threshold.’
~ Katherine Mansfield

There are many ways that members can participate in the Forum: by submitting material to our departments – Writing EXERCISES, Author PROFILES, WE RECOMMEND and DISCUSSION – taking part in online discussions, and by joining us on facebook, twitter or instagram.

An up-to-date list of online SUBMISSION DEADLINES is available on The Forum, with information about upcoming writing competitions and submissions, and funding applications. In addition, we have a full list of upcoming literary conferences and other short story related EVENTS, as well as many other useful short story writing RESOURCES. We also feature a range of stories, talks and articles from writers, agents and editors, and exclusive interviews with some of today’s most prestigious short story writers.

Our aim is to create a vibrant community where people can come to share their experiences, test their ideas and help one another develop their work. Welcome aboard! We look forward to hearing from you.

Thresholds Staff

Alison MacLeod Director & Commissioning Editor

Alison MacLeod is a novelist, short story writer, and Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester. Her most recent book and second story collection, All the Beloved Ghosts (Bloomsbury and Penguin CA), is currently shortlisted for The 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for excellence in a short story collection in the UK and Ireland. It was a finalist for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Best Books of 2017’.

Her short fiction has been awarded The Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award and nominated for The BBC National Short Story Award and The Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award. Her stories are often broadcast on BBC radio.

Her most recent novel, Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin Canada), was long-listed for the 2013 Man-Booker Prize for Fiction, named as one of the Observer's ‘Books of the Year’, and serialised for BBC Radio 4.

Alongside her writing, MacLeod has served as a judge for national and international literary awards, and has undertaken writing residencies with The Banff Centre (Canada), The Pari Center for New Learning (Tuscany), Raffles Hotel (Singapore), The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft (UK), and the British Library’s Eccles Centre. She has appeared at numerous literary festivals, including The Sunday Times Oxford Festival,  The Cambridge Literary Festival, The International Small Wonder Short Story Festival, The Cork International Short Story Festival, The Jaipur Literature Festival, The International Festival of Authors (Toronto), and The Hong Kong International Literary Festival. MacLeod established Thresholds in 2010 and has directed it since its foundation. She is proud of the national and international platform if offers for lovers of short stories: readers, writers, students, editors and academics.

Victoria Heath Editor

Victoria is a short story writer, an editor and a ghostwriter. Her fiction has appeared in various literary publications, including Structo and Unthology, and has placed and been short/longlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Fish Short Story Prize and the Labello Press Prize, amongst others. She holds an MA in Creative Writing, from the University of Chichester, which was awarded the Kate Betts Memorial Prize.

Victoria's writing career began in the advertising industry, crafting copy for some of the world's best-known brands. She now works primarily in the publishing world, as a ghostwriter, and offers editing services to emerging authors. Victoria has held the role of Editor of Thresholds since 2012.

Loree Westron Deputy Editor

Loree Westron is an American writer, reviewer and educator, now living in the UK. Her short fiction has been shortlisted in competitions including the Fish Prize, the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize and the Seattle Review Fiction Contest, and published in journals and anthologies including The London Magazine. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester and is a regular reviewer for literary and academic journals including Western American Literature and Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. She is currently working on her second novel, Blue.


Nina has just finished her undergraduate degree, and is now studying for her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Having spent the last two years on the Creative Writing Society committee, she has stepped back to dedicate more time to her own writing, which tends to centre around fantasy, fairy tale and folklore. Although she usually has several short stories and flash fictions on the go, she is currently working on an ambitious novel idea.

Charlotte MacLeod Social Media Intern

Charlotte recently graduated with an Honour’s degree in History and English from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada. In her undergrad dissertation she examined the effects of early modern English accents and dialects on social class. A bulk of her research involved early modern literature. Charlotte is an avid reader and her favourite novel is Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women. She is excited about her new role as social media intern, in which she will be able to combine her loves of literature and social media.

Kay Gilmore Social & Editorial Intern

Kay is a student on the MA in Creative Writing at Chichester. Her first degree was in Eng. Lit. but that was a long time ago, before she accidentally ended up in marketing in the tech sector. Hopefully she can call on all of this experience as social & editorial intern. Her main interests are novels and short fiction and she is a fan of David Mitchell and Hilary Mantel.

Featured Contributors

David Frankel’s short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines including Unthology 8, ProleLightship Anthology and The London Magazine. He has been shortlisted for a number of competitions, and his creative non-fiction and reviews have been published in various journals and publications both online and in print. His MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester was awarded the Kate Betts Memorial Prize. He also works as an artist and edits work for other writers.

Dr. Chris Machell lives in Brighton with his partner and works at the University of Chichester. He is also a freelance film critic, reviewing films for the award-winning website CineVue, and has also written for Little White Lies, The Quietus, The Skinny and the BFI. He occasionally writes about video games, and recently appeared as a guest on the video game music podcast, Forever Sound Version. You can find all of Chris’ archived work to date on his blog, CultCrack.

His favourite film is Bride of Frankenstein, and his favourite video game is the cult Sega classic, Shenmue.

Originally from Sydney, Nicole Mansour has lived in Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Hong Kong and London. A graduate of Actors Centre Australia, she has a BA in Literature and is currently completing a MA in Creative Writing. Like Susan Sontag, she loves to read the way other people love to watch television.