As part of our mission to support the short story, The Fiction Desk regularly distributes free anthologies to students at universities across the UK.
The aim is to stimulate interest in short stories among the new generation of writers and readers. Our anthologies are handed out by lecturers to students on creative writing and literature courses, and either used as a basis for formal class discussion, or simply read and (we hope) enjoyed on a more casual basis.
If you're a lecturer and would be interested in taking part, please register your interest with us below. If you're a student and think your class would benefit from the anthologies, don't contact us directly, but please let one of your lecturers know about what we're doing, and perhaps send them a link to this page. We can't fulfill every request we receive, but we'll send out as many books to as many institutions as we can. We welcome enquiries from universities across the UK, for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, but we're not currently able to offer the project internationally.
To date, we've given out books worth a total of more than £10,000, usually in batches of 20 to 50 copies. Our next distribution will take place this autumn.
Register your interest
If you work at a university in the UK and would be interested in taking part, please get in touch here to register your interest. Please let us know roughly how many copies you'd like, the specific course that you would use them with, and what you're thinking of doing with them.