The conference is now over. Thank you to all for your support!  Some photo souvenirs of the event can be found here.

The 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English will take place from 13 to 16 July 2016 at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, with the theme: "Influence and Confluence in the Short Story: West and East".

"I would really hope that this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something you played around with until you got a novel." - Alice Munro, on receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature 2013. Source: The New York Times, October 11, 2013.

Mark Anthony Jarman

Mark Anthony Jarman is the author of 19 Knives, My White Planet, New Orleans Is Sinking, Dancing Nightly in the Tavern, and the travel book Ireland’s Eye. His novel, Salvage King Ya!, is on’s list of 50 Essential Canadian Books and is the number one book on Amazon’s list of best hockey fiction.

He has won a Gold National Magazine Award in nonfiction, has twice won the Maclean-Hunter Endowment Award, won the Jack Hodgins Fiction Prize, and has been included in The Journey Prize Anthology and Best Canadian Stories and short-listed for the O. Henry Prize and Best American Essays.

He has published recently in Walrus, Canadian Geographic, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Vrij Nederland, and reviews for The Globe & Mail. He is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a Yaddo fellow, has taught at the University of Victoria, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and now teaches at the University of New Brunswick, where he is fiction editor of The Fiddlehead literary journal.

A.S. BYATT on Mark Jarman :  "At last. It is very irritating to discover a wonderful book published too long ago to be an official "book of the year". I was talking to a German friend, a few years ago, and we were trying to think of the greatest short story ever. We agreed enthusiastically that it was Henry James's "The Beast in the Jungle". Martin then said reflectively, "Unless it is 'Burn Man on a Texas Porch'." I had never heard of that, nor of its author, Mark Anthony Jarman, a Canadian. (Canadians specialise in great short stories - Munro, Atwood...) Jarman's collection is called 19 Knives (House of Anansi Press), and it is brilliant. The writing is extraordinary, the stories are gripping, it is something new. And now I can say so."

The Guardian, November 24, 2007