The most prestigious short story competition in Britain led to the publication in 1998 of the first volume of Shorts, which was a number one bestseller for six weeks in Scotland. This is now the third collection to follow that initial success. Having already launched the writing careers of several new authors, this year's collection, selected from over 2,000 entries to the Macallan and Scotland on Sunday Short Story competition, represents the cream of Scottish writing. Edited and selected by the award-winning author, Ali Smith, this volume brings together established writers alongside a wealth of talented new voices.
Ali Smith has won awards for her short story collections Free Love and Other Stories and Other Stories and for her novel Like. Her novel Hotel World was on the Booker shortlist for 2001.