The 10 Best Short Story Collections Of The Decade


With only two months of the decade remaining, here’s a look at Literary Hub’s list of best short story collections over the past ten years, with thanks to Paul McVeigh for sharing the link.




Give It ten Years And AI Will Be Posting This For You

With the release of OpenAI’s GPT-2 – a sophisticated text generator deemed too dangerous for public consumption – it seems having to go to the effort of writing anything yourself could soon become a thing of the past.

Indeed – this whole blog post could have been written by a fledgling AI engine.

Who knows?

The answer doesn’t matter, to be honest. Give it ten years, maybe 20, and AI will be writing 75% of the world’s content anyway; and with a huge capacity for learning from and improving on written text, who’s to say AI won’t soon be writing better stuff than most humans.

In fact, it’s almost incomprehensible that AI will fail to surpass anything ever written by the limited human brain.

AI will own our future text; it will happen. Just give it time.

So, for more information and to take the opportunity to play around with a very limited, early example of the future – go here.

[No robots were harmed in the writing of this post]

Long List And Recommended

Happy to share a flash of mine landed on the long list of Flash 500 – one of my favourite writing competitions on the calendar, so I’m delighted to make it so far. Congratulations to everyone on the short list, and I’m looking forward to reading the winning entries.

Another pleasant surprise today was being selected for the  Recommended list in the London Independent Story Prize (LISP) with a flash I wrote last year called ‘Manchester’. This was the first time I’ve submitted to their contest, so it was great news to be included in the final entries. I have an interview coming up with LISP about my writing along with the recommended story so I’ll share a link when it goes live.

A big thank you to both Flash 500 and LISP for all their hard work organising and reading and maintaining the contests.

Until next time.