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Prospect is taking short fiction seriously

Early in 2003, it came to Prospect’s attention that the arts council was running a campaign called “save our short story.” It seemed an odd creature, the short story, to be singled out for salvation. Debates about British fiction are common enough – how it measures up against US fiction, the place of our writers in Europe, the value of Granta’s list of top 20 novelists. The British novel may not be at a historic peak of excellence, but it certainly gets attention. If short fiction is just a minor branch of long fiction, why the special pleading?

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