Thresholds is an International Post-Graduate short story forum which runs some very interesting articles and interviews, writing exercises and more. The site is based at the University of Chichester in the UK.
Year Zero Writers share our belief that writing is for readers and readers can download a number of short stories and poems on this site. Posts are incisive and provoke interesting comment.
A site that blew our minds when we first fond it is Worldometers delivering real-time stats on population, healthcare, world resources and media. If you want to know how many days are left before we run out of oil then this is your site!
In a similar vein, the Day and Night World Map is an excellent way to see who might be having breakfast/sleeping/going out for the evening around the globe!
If you fancy your chances with the BBC then their Writer's Room is the place to go. There are regular links to competitions and they accept unsolicited mss...just make sure you have done your research first!
Book Aid International caught our eye recently with their reverse book token and reverse book club where £6.00 a month buys 3 books you will never see!
Mrs Darcy vs The Aliens With his tongue firmly in cheek Jonathon Pinnock brings us his 'slightly demented sequel' to Pride and Prejudice. This is brilliant stuff and definitely worth the effort of a click through. Go and read it now!
A Brief Survey of the Short Story Chris Power at the UK Guardian is currently bringing us a look at the state of the short story form and its proponents 'through the ages'. The series has been running since 2007 and currently features a certain Mr Tolstoy. Surely after 'War and Peace' anything he wrote must seem short?
While you are there check out what our hero Kurt Vonnegut had to say about how to go about writing a short story!
The British Council has honoured us with a link on their creative writing links page. We are in some good company there and think you should check them out.
Diran Adebayo has put up a reading from his new novel (publication date still to be announced) "The Ballad of Dizzy and Miss P". Another tale telling to pass the time in quality company! The link on the page is a subtle one so you must scroll down to find it. Worth the effort folks! Go and enjoy!
The Rhinoceros and His Thoughts has made it onto our bookcase. This is the Write Idea Whittaker Prize-winner's collection of short stories and poetry. 2009 was a plum year for this writers' group. We recommend it!
We have recently started looking at directory service sites. One of our current favourites is called Duotrope. It claims to offer links to over 2400 current literary sites and has a submissions tracker which keeps you up to date with your success rate! The page we have linked to gives a link back here in amongst the long list of sites beginning with O!
If you have found us through Duotrope then a warm welcome to you! If stats are your thing then we can tell you that we usually reply to all submissions within fourteen days. Our acceptance rate is currently approximately 50%.
What we found interesting about the stats on Duotrope was that some people were reporting very long response times. It would seem that a wait of between 100 and 370 days is not unusual. Everyone who works on this Project also writes and submits work regularly, so we know what waiting for feedback can be like. If you have not heard from us within 14 days from the date of submission then do not hesitate to e-mail the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Last year we all made a resolution that this year we would submit to Liar's League and support their work as much as we could. They certainly manage to attract some excellent writing and we will definitely be paying one of their performance nights a visit if we get the opportunity.
We hope you like what we do here at One Million Stories. If you do then please tell as many people as you can to drop by for a read!
We have been checking out the blogging worlds of some of our contributors. Read about the hell of life in a crazy-busy airport in the UK at A Week At The Airport , read about the happy life of a writer as he puts his next novel together in the USA at Sketches by Plumboz , or read what's on the mind of another writer whizzing around Australia with Lilit Hotham .
We have been checking out all the great stuff that The Book Trust does in the UK. You're right, our website is for adults but there are a lot of great resources for so-called grown-ups here too.
The Write Idea is a friendly procrastination station with weekly writing challenges and nice community feel. It has poetry, novel, and playwriting sections and runs it's own competitions. It has also pointed us in the direction of the Canadian Press Globe and Mail which is running short stories all summer.
The Short Story: This is a favourite with links to the BBC National Short Story Award, a Short Story challenge, news and reviews, with links to competitions and magazines galore...
There are so many writers with so many pages of stories on the Internet that if we never ever hit a million right here at least we can point you in the direction of many more.
You Write On: Is a favourite peer review website where you can post short stories, novel extracts, even get your magnum opus published. Membership is free, the site is sponsored by the Arts Council of England, and popular tales can qualify for professional feedback. The list goes on. Fantastic... Polish up your next short story with their help and send it in to us!
You can still read a story from International Booker Winner Alice Munro by clicking on the link below, which will take you to the New Yorker-coincidentally, the publication that Karen Russell writes for too...