Best British Short Stories

The nation’s favourite annual guide to the short story

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.


‘It’s so good that it’s hard to believe that there was no equivalent during the 17 years since Giles Gordon and David Hughes’s Best English Short Stories ceased publication in 1994. The first selection makes a very good beginning … Highly Recommended.’ —Kate SaundersThe Times 

Paperback Choice: ‘Hilary Mantel’s fantasia about the assassination of Margaret Thatcher leads this year’s collection of familiar and lesser known writers.’ —Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

‘This annual feast satisfies again. Time and again, in Royle’s crafty editorial hands, closely observed normality yields (as Nikesh Shukla’s spear-fisher grasps) to the things we “cannot control”.’Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

‘If you are new to short stories or are going to get only one short story collection this year then we recommend this one highly’ —lovereading