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The Art of Vengeance by Joyce Carol Oates


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Joyce Carol oates writes about the short stories of Roald Dahl.

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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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Was Shirley Jackson's life really as bleak as her fiction?

Was Shirley Jackson's life really as bleak as her fiction? | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago, Laurence Jackson Hyman found a shabby box on his porch. There was no sign of who had left it, nor a return address. After hours of suspicious avoidance, he decided to take a peek. Inside, he found a treasure trove of unpublished tales – by his mother. It was, by all accounts, merely the latest mystery in the history of weird-fiction author Shirley Jackson.
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The Millions : The Audacity of Prose

The Millions : The Audacity of Prose | The Short Story | Scoop.it

In one of his essays, the late Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe stated that “no one be fooled by the fact that we write in English, for we intend to do unheard-of things with it.” That “we” is, in essence, an authoritative oratorical posture that cast him as a representative of a group, a kindred of writers who — either by design or fate — have adopted English as the language of literary composition. With these words, it seems that to Achebe the intention to do “unheard-of” things with language is a primary factor in literary creation. He is right. And this should be the most important factor.

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Zambia's Namwali Serpell Wins the 2015 Caine Prize for

Zambia's Namwali Serpell Wins the 2015 Caine Prize for | The Short Story | Scoop.it
  Alert! Namwali Serpell has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, The Sack. Serpell receives £10 000, while each shortlistee received £500. Listen to and read the winning story here. In an unprecedented move Serpell announced in her acceptance speech that she will be sharing the prize with her fellow shorlistees - a fine ...
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The Bookshop at Lower Wyke

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We’re celebrating Independent Bookshop Week with this short story by author Salley Vickers, exclusively on the Penguin blog.
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Shortlist revealed for €25,000 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

Shortlist revealed for €25,000 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Karen E Bender, Carys Davies, Tony Earley, Kirsty Gunn and Alejandro Zambra on shortlist for world’s richest short story prize
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The new platform luring readers into short fiction

The new platform luring readers into short fiction | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Manchester’s Comma Press has launched MacGuffin, which not only allows authors to self-publish in text and audio, but also gives detailed analytics showing when readers get bored
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Online exclusive: a new short story by Neil Gaiman

Online exclusive: a new short story by Neil Gaiman | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Ahead of his appearance at the Hay Festival, Neil Gaiman presents 'Click-clack the Rattlebag', a new short story
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“The Apologizer”

“The Apologizer” | The Short Story | Scoop.it
New fiction: “He was gentle and intelligent like his father; and he would always be an intruder, as his mother had viewed him.”
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New fiction from Milan Kundera in The New Yorker

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Museum of Illusions: The Sense of a Short Story

Museum of Illusions: The Sense of a Short Story | The Short Story | Scoop.it
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A very useful list of criteria for judging how well the short story works.

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First-time Fijian author scoops award in Commonwealth short story competition

First-time Fijian author scoops award in Commonwealth short story competition | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Mary Rokonadravu hopes her victory in a regional heat will inspire other writers in the Pacific region to tell the stories of their homelands
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Yiyun Li wins Sunday Times short story prize for A Sheltered Woman

Yiyun Li wins Sunday Times short story prize for A Sheltered Woman | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Judges praise the tale of a Chinese-American nanny for its ‘exquisite crafting, brilliant observations and modest but powerful voice’
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Congrats Yiyun Li.  

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Why Short Stories Matter Now More Than Ever

Why Short Stories Matter Now More Than Ever | The Short Story | Scoop.it
If F. Scott Fitzgerald was alive today and writing, his income would be roughly half a million dollars a year. In his prime writing days, Fitzgerald was pulling in well over ten thousand dollars a year on short stories alone....
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13 books that should have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize but weren't

13 books that should have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize but weren't | The Short Story | Scoop.it

This year’s Man Booker dozen might be dominated by Americans but the biggest names in US literature are notable for their absence.


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Book review: A chillingly different take on the ordinary in new works by Shirley Jackson

Book review: A chillingly different take on the ordinary in new works by Shirley Jackson | The Short Story | Scoop.it
A new edition of short stories and non-fiction by an early maestro of US Gothic, Shirley Jackson, shows her power to unsettle in even the most mundane of situations.
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4th of July: Eileen Battersby’s best short stories for Independence Day

4th of July: Eileen Battersby’s best short stories for Independence Day | The Short Story | Scoop.it
From Cheever to Ron Rash, Carver to Eudora Welty, O’Connor to Richard Ford, some of the finest American writing is to be found in the short form
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An excellent reading list for the American short story.

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Jack Livings Wins PEN Prize for Debut Fiction

Jack Livings Wins PEN Prize for Debut Fiction | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Jack Livings won the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction on Monday night, for “The Dog,” a collection of stories set in China, where Mr. Livings lived for a time during the 1990s. 
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Hilary Mantel · The School of English

Hilary Mantel · The School of English | The Short Story | Scoop.it
‘Lastly,’ Mr Maddox said, ‘and to conclude our tour, we come to a very special part of the house.’ He paused, to impress on her that she was going to have a treat. ‘Perhaps, Miss Marcella, it may be that in your last situation, the house did not have a panic . . .
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“The Duniazát”

“The Duniazát” | The Short Story | Scoop.it
New fiction: “Being a man of reason, Ibn Rushd did not guess that the girl was a supernatural creature, a jinnia.”
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Caravan: An exclusive short story by Booker prize winner Anne Enright

An exclusive short story by Anne Enright, winner of this year's Booker prize.
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The Willesden Herald: Common faults in short stories submitted

The Willesden Herald: Common faults in short stories submitted | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Common faults in short stories submitted
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Free eBook to celebrate The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015

Free eBook to celebrate The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 | The Short Story | Scoop.it

The six-person shortlist features international writers and one British newcomer who is yet to publish her first book:

Rebecca F John – ‘The Glove Maker’s Numbers’Yiyun Li – ‘A Sheltered Woman’Elizabeth McCracken – ‘Hungry’Paula Morris – ‘False River’Scott O’Connor – ‘Interstellar Space’Madeleine Thien – ‘The Wedding Cake’
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Eudora Welty on the Short Story

Wherein lies a great short story's allure? In 1949 the novelist and short-story writer Eudora Welty sought to convey a sense of the beauty, mystery, and spontaneity that make some stories special.
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