The new series of stories aims to reprint the best short stories published in the previous calendar year by British writers, based in the UK or elsewhere. The editor’s brief is wide ranging, covering anthologies, collections, magazines, newspapers and web sites, looking for the best of the bunch to reprint all in one volume.
It features stories by: Julia Armfield, Elizabeth Baines, Naomi Booth, Kieran Devaney, Vicky Grut, Nigel Humphreys, Sally Jubb, Lucie McKnight Hardy, Robert Mason, Ann Quin, Sam Thompson, Melissa Wan, Ren Watson and Adam Welch.
Dating back to the 1920s, this vital showcase of shorter fiction was relaunched in 2011 under the editorship of novelist, editor and anthologist, Nicholas Royle. The series has gone on to become a a major success, featuring writers as diverse as John Burnside, Stuart Evers, Lesley Glaister, Hillary Mantel, Christopher Priest, Leone Ross, Will Self, Nikesh Shukla, Helen Simpson and Jeanette Winterson, to name just a few.