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The literary short story is my favourite form of fiction. I'll post links to great stories and articles about the short story, as well as reviews of new collections I hope to get around to reading!
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Stephen King short story competition winner: Wild Swimming by Elodie Harper

Stephen King short story competition winner:  Wild Swimming by Elodie Harper | The Short Story | Scoop.it

A reservoir in Lithuania leads wild swimmer Chrissie to some deep and very dark revelations, as she writes to her friend in the story that Stephen King judged our winner.

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George Saunders on Authorial Bullying, Parenting, and Consciousness After Death

George Saunders on Authorial Bullying, Parenting, and Consciousness After Death | The Short Story | Scoop.it
George Saunders discusses authorial bullying, parenting, and his new short story “Mother’s Day.”
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7 New Story Collections to Savor in 2016

7 New Story Collections to Savor in 2016 | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Is life, as the famous quote would have it, like a box of chocolates? Not necessarily, but a good story collection is: full of surprise, variation, and occasionally
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Reading list = shopping list!

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Origin Stories: Fiction by Prompt | The Ploughshares Blog

Origin Stories: Fiction by Prompt | The Ploughshares Blog | The Short Story | Scoop.it
How do great authors begin their fiction? With a line or a character, a memory or a mission? This year, as Ploughshares’s unofficial origin-story archivist, I’ll investigate.

Because I’m a teacher, I started by looking for stories that grew out of writing assignments. Here’s what I found.
 
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Dipping in and out of the British short story

Dipping in and out of the British short story | The Short Story | Scoop.it

 "We think of the short story as short – many of these aren’t. We think of it as making a sudden swerve, playing a game, showing us a hidden side – some of these, like Joseph Conrad’s “Amy Foster” or Arnold Bennett’s “The Matador of the Five Towns”, are simply plodding. We think of the short story as epiphanic, oblique, operating by suggestion – many of these have strong, bony, visible narrative spines; they have plots, or are at least woodenly literalistic. As to subject matter, such an obvious index of nationality: money features from the beginning, along with snobbery, gossip, love, loss, fashion, duty, the close examination of ordinary lives, the accountancy of the familiar and of the unfamiliar that might or might not hide behind it. A crippling sense of responsibility is balanced by an equal if doomed absent-mindedness, especially when in love or in drink. Sex lies furtively in wait behind a good few doors. There are romps, of a kind, and two or three farces. There are more ghosts. There’s a fair amount of cruelty, both social and private. War – a lot of it. Religion somewhat less, but still well represented."

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M. John Harrison review The Penguin Book of the British Shirt Story Vol 1.

 

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A classic Cape Breton Christmas story, by Alistair MacLeod

A classic Cape Breton Christmas story, by Alistair MacLeod | The Short Story | Scoop.it
The merry and the melancholy. A young boy tries to hold onto the magic of a Cape Breton Christmas, as told in Alistair MacLeod's short story "To Every Thing There is a Season."
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Translation Tuesday: Venus by Chen Xue

Translation Tuesday: Venus by Chen Xue | The Short Story | Scoop.it
A transgender woman and man consider their bodies one quiet, warm night, in this short story exploring physicality and beauty
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Lisa McInerney: 'Short fiction leaves its author nowhere to hide'

Lisa McInerney: 'Short fiction leaves its author nowhere to hide' | The Short Story | Scoop.it
The writer explains how the ‘exhausting, exasperating, excruciating’ work of writing short stories provided the groundwork for her novel, The Glorious Heresies
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Those That I Fight I Do Not Hate, a short story by Danielle McLaughlin

Those That I Fight I Do Not Hate, a short story by Danielle McLaughlin | The Short Story | Scoop.it
First published in The Irish Times as part of our This Means War summer fiction series in 2014, this is a story of bad behaviour simmering under a serene suburban surface
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The Short Form

For the short story reader. Updated every Monday. Interview with authors, list of recommended short stories, and conversations about the form of the short story.
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Electric Literature’s Best Short Story Collections of 2015

Electric Literature’s Best Short Story Collections of 2015 | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Each year, Electric Literature polls our staff and regular contributors to pick our favorite books of the year. For fairness sake, books by Electric Literature
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A brief survey of the short story part 48: Angela Carter

A brief survey of the short story part 48: Angela Carter | The Short Story | Scoop.it

"By harnessing the peculiar power of fairytales, Carter invested her stories with a vibrant emotional and intellectual energy."

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Chris Power discusses the work of short story writer Angela Carter.

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Stephen King picks winner of Guardian short story contest

Stephen King picks winner of Guardian short story contest | The Short Story | Scoop.it

The short story is alive and well in the UK according to novelist Stephen King, who this week picked the winner of a competition launched to celebrate his own latest collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.  

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“The Philosophers”

“The Philosophers” | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Fiction by Adam Ehrlich Sachs: “Until recently, he told the psychiatrist, he had been the most intelligent person in history.”
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10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2016

10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2016 | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Below is a guest post from Mumbai-based writer-filmmaker—and longtime #longreads contributor—Pravesh Bhardwaj (@AuteurPravesh). * * * For a couple of years now I have been posting short stories from free online sources, using the hashtags #fiction #longreads. The idea was to read something new and discover interesting stories instead of sitting on my chair staring…
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The rise of the short story

The rise of the short story | The Short Story | Scoop.it

This year it was the big novels that got the buzz — “Fates and Furies,” “Go Set a Watchman,” the mammoth (720 pages) “A Little Life” and the even more mammoth (927 pages) “City on Fire.


Via Ali Lock
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Forty Stories by Donald Barthelme – serious frivolity

Forty Stories by Donald Barthelme – serious frivolity | The Short Story | Scoop.it
To give somebody these genre-bending short stories is to bestow on them a new sense of fiction’s possibilities
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Tenth of December by George Saunders – a book to make you love people again

Tenth of December by George Saunders – a book to make you love people again | The Short Story | Scoop.it
The fond and funny human details of these stories will restore your affection for the significant others you may have tired of over Christmas
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Very entertaining collection. Would make a great gift for even those who think they don't like short stories.

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Translation Tuesday: Okinawa, Mon Amour by Betina González

Translation Tuesday: Okinawa, Mon Amour by Betina González | The Short Story | Scoop.it
In 1980s Argentina, South American and Japanese schoolchildren lie down on train tracks and reminisce about wars past – little knowing that their childhoods are about to be disrupted by a real war in the Falklands
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Translation Tuesday: Hedgehogs by Amanda Michalopoulou

Translation Tuesday: Hedgehogs by Amanda Michalopoulou | The Short Story | Scoop.it
A troubled couple see hedgehogs as a metaphor for their sexual problems, in this short story by Greek writer Amanda Michalopoulou, the latest in our translated fiction series
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The wise man: a short story by Donal Ryan

The wise man: a short story by Donal Ryan | The Short Story | Scoop.it
She rescued him and balmed his blistered feet. Then, when he was well again, it was time to go . . .
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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It | The Short Story | Scoop.it
“The Eyes Have It,” originally published in 1953, is full of humor and paranoia.
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Short story by Philip K Dick.

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10 best short-story collections of 2015

10 best short-story collections of 2015 | The Short Story | Scoop.it
This year was a stellar one for short fiction. In addition to releases from celebrated practitioners of the form, like Kelly Link and Edith Pearlman, it also saw the emergence of fresh, exciting vo...
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Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York

Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York | The Short Story | Scoop.it

One midwinter in 1950s New York, Harper Lee went to stay with friends. Little did she know she was about to receive the gift of a lifetime… Illustrations by Bill Bragg

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A short story from 1961 by Harper Lee.

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