Best British Short Stories 2022


The nation’s favourite annual guide to the short story, now in its twelfth year.

Best British Short Stories invites you to judge a book by its cover – or, more accurately, by its title. This critically acclaimed series aims to reprint the best short stories published in the previous calendar year by British writers, whether 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.

Nicholas Royle was born in Manchester in 1963. He is the author of seven novels, including: Counterparts, Saxophone Dreams, and First Novel, and a short story collection, Mortality. He has edited sixteen anthologies, including A Book of Two Halves and Neonlit: Time Out Book of New Writing. He lives between London and Manchester and teaches creative writing at MMU.

Further reading

Read: Samhain by Uschi Gatward, Galley Beggar Press

Review: forthcoming

Prompt: Start with a list of your favourite food/ meals prepared by somebody else. It might be something you’ve eaten recently or used to love as a child. Write about the dish, then pepper in some memories, tell us something about the person who makes it, free write for 10 mins.

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