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Fragile

Read the runner-up story from our 2009 short story competition

A Touch of Light

Read the runner-up story from our 2009 short story competition

The Entrapment

The Entrapment

Read this exclusive short story from best-selling author Philippa gregory

The Mean Time

The Mean Time

Get lost in this exclusive short story by award-nominated author Karin Slaughter

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith

Writing tips from the bestselling author of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Short story writing tips

Short story writing tips

Our Books Editor, Fanny Blake gives her expert advice on writing a short story

Marina Lewycka's writing tips

Marina Lewycka's writing tips

Expert advice on story writing from the bestselling author, Marina Lewycka

The Butcher's Boy of Saint-Gervais

The Butcher's Boy of Saint-Gervais

Read a runner up entry from our woman and home short story competition 2008 - The Butcher's Boy of Saint-Gervais by Susie Morgan

Short story competition winners 2008

Short story competition winners 2008

Read the winning stories in our short story competition

Appassionata

Appassionata

Read Cathie Hartigan's short story - a runner up entry in our short story competition 2008

A Boy at Play

A Boy at Play

Enjoy Fiona Bar's short story - one of the runner up entries to our short story competition 2008

Sweet Pea Nothings

Sweet Pea Nothings

Read Louise Sharland's short story, a runner up entry to our short story competition