But the short story can be a route to recognition in Britain. Take Carys Bray. In 2012 she won Salt Publishing’s Scott Prize. A Song for Issy Bradley (Hutchinson), her novel, looks set to be one of this summer’s biggest debuts. The woman behind the prize that discovered her, Jen Hamilton-Emery, has published short stories since 2006: “Interest has been gathering momentum. When we published our first collection there was little interest. Since then, a host of short-story competitions, festivals, events, courses, readings, magazines and websites have sprung up, and more bookshops have dedicated sections. Almost unheard of 10 years ago.”
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A short piece of writing on one subject, usually presenting the author's own views. Michel de Montaigne , Francis Bacon , and Ralph Waldo Emerson are celebrated for their essays.