Why the short story?

September 8, 2008 at 6:18 am 3 comments

Thanks to a timely link from Kelley Eskridge, I’ve added another short story advocate to my SS list. Yes yes I’m a fiend for the SS. In fact, I buy/borrow anthologies four times more often than novels, and I’d rather read an SS collection than a *gasp* romance. However, I always prefer female writers.

How do I love thee… oops, I mean the short story… let me count the ways. Nah, that would just make for a long post. Suffice to say, I agree with every assessment on the goodness of SS, without taking away from the goodness of novels. For me, brevity, wit, clever ideas, smart writing, author style, off-the-wall views, discipline – in combination – are just some of the reasons for admiring the short story. That and my attention span means I read in grabs and the SS is perfect for that. Leaves more room for ruminating.

I also read an awful lot of emails and always the dailies. Perhaps that habit has cemented my preference. In any case, all the more reason not to endorse Twitter. I mean, do we really need shorter news?

So’s to start the week off, here are links to sites that promote the short story. Each site has links to others and so on.







On writing an SS – this is an opinion section, doubtless there are more:


http://willesdenherald.blogspot.com/2008/02/common-faults-in-short-stories.html (hilarious for the disgruntled comments)

Freebie sites:

www.blithe.com (sadly ended)


Big prize money site:  www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/nssa/

Lesbian anthols site: www.readtheselips.com/RTL2bib1.html

Do send me more links.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. karina  |  September 9, 2008 at 5:32 am

    No link for now, but a name: Miranda July.

  • 2. karina  |  September 9, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Thanks for the links, I’m starting to read a few of them. I just finished “In Age of Shortness, Why Shouldn’t Fiction Be Sold by the Piece?” I want to put vending machines throughout the Mexico City metro and sell little one-short-story-only booklets for five or ten pesos a piece.

  • 3. evecho  |  September 9, 2008 at 6:33 am

    The idea is great but is it viable? Perhaps having them in bookstores would secure a better response. Then there’s the Espresso Book Machine (http://www.ondemandbooks.com) that is designed to print books while you wait.


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