The European Network for Short Fiction Research was created as a joint initiative of researchers at Edge Hill University (U.K.), the CRILA research group (UPRES EA 4639), Université d’Angers, France and at K.U. Leuven (Belgium). We have now been joined by other colleagues in countries including France, the UK, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Norway. Our broad aim is to provide a forum and resources for European-based researchers into the practice, criticism and transmission of short fiction in its diversity of forms. Short fiction has developed as an intrinsically global genre, and it is not our intention to impose strict boundaries, national or otherwise. Rather, we aim to exchange current research carried out across Europe and facilitate collaboration in both critical and practice-led research. We hope to build an online bibliography and database of resources, connecting individual researchers and research projects with one another. We shall also hold conferences and seminars, and collaborate on research training for postgraduates and early career researchers. Our website already provides news of publications and events, linking to existing sites such as The European Short Story Network, Thresholds International Short Story Forum (aimed mostly at postgraduate creative writers) and the biannual conferences of the Society for the Study of the Short Story.