About National Short Story Week

The Story Player has evolved from the resurgence of the short story form and the growing popularity of short story events and projects taking place around the UK. The Story Player is run by the community interest company Stories Unlimited C.IC., organiser of National Short Story Week.

National Short Story Week

What is National Short Story Week?

National Short Story Week is an annual awareness event. Its aim is to focus the attentions of the public and the media on the short story and short story writers, publishers and events. It is intended as a framework for promoting literary events and publications at a national and local level.

What are the aims of National Short Story Week?

The aims of National Short Story Week are to:

1) get more people reading and listening to short stories;

2) get more people writing short stories;

3) develop creative and commercial opportunities for individuals and organisations involved in the short story form.

Who is behind National Short Story Week?

The idea for National Short Story Week came from audio producer and publisher Ian Skillicorn. Ian has been producing and broadcasting short stories, and supporting the work of both new and established short story writers, for many years. As the Director of National Short Story Week, Ian has responsibility for making sure people know about and take part in National Short Story Week.

The aims of National Short Story Week are supported by experts in the fields of writing, editing, publishing, teaching, producing, broadcasting and performing. The patron of National Short Story Week is best-selling author Katie Fforde.

National Short Story Week: beginnings
National Short Story Week was first launched at Charles Dickens Museum in London on Saturday 25th September 2010. Around seventy guests met to talk about plans for the week, including representatives from the Booksellers’ Association, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Granta magazine, National Academy of Writing, National Association for Literature Development, Romantic Novelists’ Association, University of the Third Age (U3A) and numerous publishers.

The first National Short Story Week took place between 22nd to 29th November 2010. During the week over 60 events were held around the UK; in bookshops, libraries, schools, colleges, universities, pubs and online.

National Short Story Week
Here are just some of the events that have taken place during National Short Story Week over the past few years:

Our National Short Story Week Young Writer competition for year 7 and 8 school children has had participation from schools around the UK, as well as from overseas British schools in mainland Europe, the USA and south America. Our debut anthology was a bestseller on Amazon, and over the past few years, the Young Writer anthologies have raised thousands of pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Our recommended reading list has gone out to libraries and schools around the country. The recommended reading list for adults had suggestions by prominent authors, actors and broadcasters including: Terence Blacker, Simon Brett, Tracy Chevalier, Sue Cook, Margaret Drabble, Joanne Harris, Paterson Joseph, Lynne Reid Banks, Adrian Scarborough and DW Wilson.

The Guardian online has celebrated National Short Story Week by publishing the winning story in our National Short Story Week Young Writer competition.

Acclaimed broadcaster and author Sue Cook presented three special advice programmes for writers, in association with Stories Unlimited C.I.C.

A host of magazines, book publishers and organisations held short story writing competitions; including the Short Sentence crime writing competition (run by the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, in association with Bloomsbury Publishing and The Crime Writers’ Association).

Aspiring writers and short story readers had a choice of short story events up and down the UK, from Glasgow Women’s Library to the Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival.

This year’s National Short Story Week will be from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th November 2017.

National Short Story Week