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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:04 am 
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... yet, no mention of either Elastic Press or the likes of Postscripts or TTA in the Independent article.

Hmmm, cultural snobbery perchance - or just laziness when it comes to using Google? :?

I typed in "short story publisher uk" and got bluechrome publishing along with PS in the first page, yet neither were mentioned in the article.


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It's a lovely article with some wonderful turns of phrase, but most rhetoric unfortunately. He tells us the short story is alive and well and extols the virtues of the medium . . . but somehow fails to convince. Which is a real shame, because he's right. It would've been nice, as pendragon said, to have a few magazine names in there. That way, those who wanted to explore the world of the short story could have a place to start. Anthologies and prizes are great, but they're not really the coal-face.


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Bah. Rubbish article. Plenty of magazines take short fiction, and not just genre ones - from Granta to Cosmopolitan. Even weekend newspapers on occasion publish short stories. And while short story collections might not be as profitable as they once were for the major publishing houses, the small presses are more than filling the vacuum.


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Not a bad article, and that Edge Hill prize isn't to be sniffed at either. One of our authors (Dave Swann) has been invited to read at the award event even though he eventually wasn't shortlisted, so the prize mentioned at the end is definitely aware of what's being published. Nice to see TTA-writers Nick Royle and Tamar Yellin among the short list too.


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Rubbish article... while short story collections might not be as profitable as they once were for the major publishing houses, the small presses are more than filling the vacuum.


In its defence, I'd say that, obviously, any such glance at state-of-the-art of short fiction must, necessarily, be highly selective in what and who gets a plug. The article doesn't claim to be an incisive survey of the field.

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Did we all read the same article? The one that says "the short story is supposed to be something for children", and then "So go and get a glass, maybe one with a stem, if you're in that kind of household" and "bookshops see short-story collections as a step down from filling their shelves with rancid meat"...

And yet, this weekend, the Guardian has published 'The Shared Patio' by Miranda July, from her new collection, No One Belongs Here More Than You.

The author wants to celebrate the short story, but in order to bolster his artistic credentials, he first has to demonstrate that the artform is dead. When we all know it's far from that. The author exaggerates the decline of the short story so he can make himself look good by defending it.


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