I am thrilled to be able to say, for the second year running, that I have been shortlisted for the Thresholds Feature Writing competition for my essay on The Pushman and other stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Being longlisted and shortlisted with so many great writers and great soundings essays is a real honour. Being longlisted alongside the brilliant Charles E. May felt gratifying and surreal in equal measure. You can read all about this year’s longlisted and shortlisted essays over on Thresholds, the Chichester University Short Story Forum.



  • Carys Bray: Horror and Humanity
  • Stephen Devereux: Where are you Helen Harris?
  • Dan Powell: Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s The Push Man and Other Stories
  • Angela Readman: What We Talk About When We Talk About Editing
  • Sharon Telfer: Wolves at the Hearthside
  • Gill Thompson: A Woman of Words
  • Claire Thurlow: on Alice Munro


  • Victoria Leslie: Lost and Found: Mary Butts’ ‘With and Without Buttons’
  • Charles E. May: The Love Story of Annie Proulx’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’
  • Kath McKay: Drilling for Water
  • Marcella O’Connor: Elizabeth Bowen Misremembered
  • Juliet West: In Your Dreams: Fantasy Women in George Saunders’ Tenth of December
  • Scott Wilson: Dickens’ Ghosts
  • Patrick Yarker: The View from the Mailbox

The essays will be published on Thresholds following the announcement of the winner and runners-up next week. Looking at the list of titles above, Thresholds will be even-more-essential reading for all who love the short story form. I’m particularly looking forward to reading the Raymond Carver, FX Toole and George Saunders essays. Which titles have caught your eye?

The winner and runners-up will be announced next week.