The contents list for The Best British Short Stories 2011 (ed Nicholas Royle) to be published by Salt:
Flora – David Rose
Winter Break – Hilary Mantel
Emergency Exit – Lee Rourke
Love Silk Food – Leone Ross
Feather Girls – Claire Massey
Foreigner – Christopher Burns
Dinner of the Dead Alumni – Adam Marek
The Swimmer – SJ Butler
So Much Time in a Life – Heather Leach
Staff Development – Alan Beard
The Rental Heart – Kirsty Logan
Notes on a Love Story – Philip Langeskov
No Angel – Bernie McGill
Slut’s Hair – John Burnside
Comma – Hilary Mantel
Moving Day – Robert Edric
Tristram and Isolde – Michèle Roberts
Looted – Dai Vaughan
When the Door Closed, It Was Dark – Alison Moore
Epiphany – Salley Vickers
Further to the five authors listed in the previous post, we now have agreement from Christopher Burns (pictured), Alan Beard, Adam Marek, Lee Rourke, Philip Langeskov and John Burnside to reprint their stories from, respectively, the Warwick Review (twice), Riptide, Ambit, Five Dials and the Sunday Times Magazine.
I published a slightly stroppy letter in the Guardian Review at the weekend suggesting that Granta magazine could do more to support the short story in Britain. Their spring, summer and autumn numbers this year included hardly any British short stories. Plenty of short fiction from American and Pakistani writers, and no shortage of memoir, journalism, essays and novel extracts from British writers, but very few short stories. No doubt the winter issue will appear any day now stuffed with new stories by British authors and I’ll look a bit of an idiot.
Five stories so far. One from a long-running literary magazine, another from an online journal. One to be reprinted from a chapbook, one from a hefty anthology. And one from a UK national newspaper. The authors of these stories – Hilary Mantel, Robert Edric, Alison Moore, Claire Massey and David Rose (pictured) – have all given permission for their stories to be reprinted.
Coming from Salt Publishing in April 2011 – Best British Short Stories 2011, reprinting the best short stories by British writers published during 2010. As editor, I am currently reading widely in the hope that I won’t miss too many strong contenders.