National Short Story Week 2014

November 16th to 23rd was the fifth National Short Story Week and, as always, events took place up and down the country, as well as online. We were particularly pleased to hear from bookshops, libraries and schools that got involved. Thanks to everyone who took part, we hope your events were enjoyable and a success for you.

Many wonderful short story resources were shared on Twitter, and our Twitter profile had over 14,000 views in just 5 days. Thanks to everyone who tweeted and retweeted during the week (too many to thank individually, but you know who you are!).

Here is a very short selection of the resources from Twitter. Apologies in advance for anyone who we’ve left off, but it simply wasn’t possible to keep up with the very many tweets throughout the week (though we think that’s a good thing!).

Firstly, don’t forget The Mistake our anthology of short stories by 32 talented young writers, from years 7 and 8, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Mistake has been praised by bestselling and acclaimed writers, and made the Top 100 on Amazon during National Short Story Week. It was also the number 1 book in the chart for Crime, Thriller & Mystery Short Stories, and Number 2 in Short Stories, and Teen and Young Adult Literature and Fiction.

As of Monday 24th November, the book has raised £1,300 for Teenage Cancer Trust – if you haven’t bought your copy yet you can do so here

You can also read a short story by the winner of our National Short Story Week Young Writer competition on the Guardian Children’s Books website here

And if you are an aspiring writer of children’s fiction yourself, you will find our free podcast of The Write Lines with Sue Cook useful and interesting. It’s full of valuable insights and tips from four successful children’s authors, Joe Craig, Jon Mayhew, Tamsyn Murray and Chris Priestley, and you can listen to and download it here

Short stories online
Here are some links to short stories which were shared during National Short Story Week:

AS Byatt reads The Stone Woman

The Ministry of Whisky – Val Mcdermid short story

New Frank McGuinness short story

The Gardener – Jocelyn Watson, The Asian Writer Short Story Prize winner

Exclusive Mark Watson short story

More short stories and recommendations

Stories to download from Booktrust

Thresholds (international short story forum) recommended reading

Edinburgh Libraries recommended short stories

Wales Arts Review: My favourite short stories by Cyan Jones

Short fiction in 3am magazine

Beyond the Border, New Writing from British Asian Women: Dhalia Publishing ran a competition with 5 copies of Beyond the Border, New Writing from British Asian Women to give away

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