The Short Story
4.7K views | +0 today
Follow
The Short Story
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!
Curated by Sharon Bakar
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

Mark Haddon: ‘Ultimately, There Is No Narrative Without Death’

Mark Haddon: ‘Ultimately, There Is No Narrative Without Death’ | The Short Story | Scoop.it
An conversation with the author about his dark new short story collection, The Pier Falls.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

This Week in Fiction: Mark Haddon on Writing Stories as Complex as the Real World  

This Week in Fiction: Mark Haddon on Writing Stories as Complex as the Real World   | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Mark Haddon discusses his story in this week’s issue, “The Weir,” about an attempted suicide in Oxford, alongside the Thames.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

Lucia Berlin: 'Conversational, confessional snapshots into domestic life'

Lucia Berlin: 'Conversational, confessional snapshots into domestic life' | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Sketching lives very similar to her own, Berlin’s stories of hardscrabble lives resemble Raymond Carver’s – while also invoking some of Proust’s spirit
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

Joy Williams wins PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story

Joy Williams wins PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Celebrated writer will accept the $5,000 prize in December at the Folger Library.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

Jonathan Tel's 'The Human Phonograph' wins 2016's Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Jonathan Tel's 'The Human Phonograph' wins 2016's Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Jonathan Tel's winning story tells centres on a marriage lived in the shadow of the Chinese nuclear weapons programme of the 1960s.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

Should Literary Awards Do More to Recognize Short Stories?

Should Literary Awards Do More to Recognize Short Stories? | The Short Story | Scoop.it
I sometimes hear that the literary world is too focused on short stories. We venerate obscure story authors the public doesn’t read, and our MFAs workshop
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

Contemporary Innovators of the Short Story: A Reading List

Contemporary Innovators of the Short Story: A Reading List | The Short Story | Scoop.it
There’s something embarrassing about writing short stories. First there’s the word “short,” a word I’ve always associated with my height, with having to stand
Sharon Bakar's insight:
Share your insight
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

“Hares in the Old Plantation”: a short story by Kevin Barry

“Hares in the Old Plantation”: a short story by Kevin Barry | The Short Story | Scoop.it
A lock-in, a fire, a sleuthing fox: the west of Ireland by moonlight.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright

The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright | The Short Story | Scoop.it
English Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o A long time ago humans used to walk on legs and arms, just like all the other four limbed creatures. Humans were faster than hare, leopard or rhino. Legs and arms were closer than any other organs: they had similar corresponding joints: shoulders and hips; elbows and knees; ankles and wrists;…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

7 Short Stories by Junot Díaz Free Online, In Text and Audio

7 Short Stories by Junot Díaz Free Online, In Text and Audio | The Short Story | Scoop.it
As much as any contemporary writer of literary fiction ever does, Junot Díaz has become something of a household name in the years since his debut novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao appeared in 2007, then went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, among other many other honors.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

The Golden Bough by Salman Rushdie  

The Golden Bough by Salman Rushdie   | The Short Story | Scoop.it
‘The same face. At every interview the same bland features. It could not be - but it was. I was sure of that.’ Vain pursuits and constant rejection in ‘The Golden Bough’ by Salman Rushdie.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

“The Weir”

“The Weir” | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Fiction by Mark Haddon: “The water sweeps him sideways. He can no longer touch the bottom with his feet.”
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

12 Things I Noticed While Reading Every Short Story Published in 2014-15 (or, Extremely Long Titles That Are Complete Sentences Are Still Very Much a Thing)

12 Things I Noticed While Reading Every Short Story Published in 2014-15 (or, Extremely Long Titles That Are Complete Sentences Are Still Very Much a Thing) | The Short Story | Scoop.it
At the end of an unlit dead-end corridor in the basement of Calhoun Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus stands an unmarked door. Behind it are hundreds of literary magazines, journals,…
Sharon Bakar's insight:
Some very good guidelines for writing short stories.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

“Three Short Moments in a Long Life”

“Three Short Moments in a Long Life” | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Fiction: “I tripped on the new carpet and heard myself saying, ‘Jesus Christ!’ I opened the door and it was him.”
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

“Choking Victim”

“Choking Victim” | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Fiction: “She looked down at the small ears of her daughter, unavoidably open to the world, eagerly capturing the sounds of the choking man.”
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

Mark Haddon: 'I’ve read too many beige short stories in my life'

Mark Haddon: 'I’ve read too many beige short stories in my life' | The Short Story | Scoop.it
The author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime explains how, in order to find his voice as a short story writer, he had to escape the legacy of Chekhov and Carver
Sharon Bakar's insight:
"I have read too many beige short stories in my life, too many short stories that feel like five-finger exercises. There are limits to what can happen in the real world. In fiction there are no limits: anything is possible on paper. It seems to me that if you are writing a short story and it is not more entertaining than the stories in that morning’s newspaper or that evening’s TV news, then you need to throw it away and start again, or open a cycle repair shop.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

The Short Story Interview: Kate Cayley

The Short Story Interview: Kate Cayley | The Short Story | Scoop.it
The Short Story Interview with Kate Cayley, discussing short stories and writing
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

“Anhedonia, Here I Come”

“Anhedonia, Here I Come” | The Short Story | Scoop.it

 “Bobby had been writing and rewriting and refining and re-refining the manuscript of his début collection for more than eight years now.”

Sharon Bakar's insight:
New short story by Colin Barrett.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist

2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist | The Short Story | Scoop.it
The 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize attracted nearly 4000 entries from 47 countries. Twenty-six “fresh and unexpected” stories by writers from eleven countries make up the shortlist. After an initial sift by a team of international readers, the global judging panel, representing each of the five regions of the Commonwealth – Helon Habila (Africa), Firdous Azim (Asia), Pierre Mejlak (Canada and Europe) Olive Senior (Caribbean), and Patrick Holland (Pacific) – chose the shortlist. Chair of the judges, South African novelist and playwright Gillian Slovo, said of this year’s shortlist: “As a novelist accustomed to the luxury of the long form it has been a treat to discover writers who manage to crystallise such different experiences into so few words. The stories we have chosen for the shortlist are in turn comic, touching, poetic, mysterious but always fresh and unexpected.”
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

Short story by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o translated into over 30 languages in one publication

Short story by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o translated into over 30 languages in one publication | The Short Story | Scoop.it
The Kenyan author’s story The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright is ‘the single most translated short story in the history of African writing’
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

Till September Petronella by Jean Rhys  

Till September Petronella by Jean Rhys   | The Short Story | Scoop.it
  From The London Magazine January 1960   There was a barrel organ playing at the corner of Torrington Square.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

The 2016 Shortlist | The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

The 2016 Shortlist | The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Introducing The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist for this year.
Sharon Bakar's insight:
Read the shortlisted entries.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sharon Bakar
Scoop.it!

Top 10 John Updike short stories

Top 10 John Updike short stories | The Short Story | Scoop.it
His biographer chooses the best of the great American author's short fiction, 'the chief glory' of his prolific work
more...
No comment yet.