HarperCollins imprint 4th Estate has launched a new short story series, 4th Shorts, which is intended to “introduce curious readers to 4th Estate’s rich back catalogue on an easily digestible scale”.
The publisher has launched a new short story hub - a mobile-friendly online reading service that offers visitors short stories from "big-name authors and new, exciting voices".
The launch line-up includes stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Hilary Mantel and Anthony Doerr as well as stories from Holmes and Heiny.
To mark the launch, 4th Estate will publish two short story collections – Barbara the Slut by Lauren Holmes and Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny in pocket-sized paperback A formats with flaps.
Assistant editor Lettice Franklin said: “As soon as I read both Barbara the Slut and Single, Carefree, Mellow on submission, I wanted to give a copy to each and every one of my friends to brighten their daily commutes. The reviewers seemed to agree with me, greeting both books ecstatically. So for their second publication we are doing something slightly different – both portable and giftable. I can’t think of a better Valentine’s Day present."
She added: “I hope 4th Shorts will continue to establish 4th Estate as the home of the best short stories being written today.”
4th Estate also recently launched The Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Prize, a new short story writing collection for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic authors, hoping to inspire the writing of "more short, sharp fiction".