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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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BAME short story prize shortlist ranges across modern life  

BAME short story prize shortlist ranges across modern life   | The Short Story | Scoop.it
The six finalists for the Guardian/Fourth Estate award offer compelling pictures of the contemporary world
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10 Short Stories That Will Blow Your Mind

10 Short Stories That Will Blow Your Mind | The Short Story | Scoop.it
These short stories have mindbending twists, dazzling endings, or WTF moments you won't forget. Read them for a quick burst of memorable literature.
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Announcements

Announcements | The Short Story | Scoop.it
2018 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story Longlist It is with great pleasure that we announce the longlist for this year’s Edge Hill Prize. Out of over fifty entries our readers have selected fifteen wo…
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100 Must-Read Contemporary Short Story Collections

100 Must-Read Contemporary Short Story Collections | The Short Story | Scoop.it
A round-up of the best contemporary short story collections published this century, covering literary fiction, horror, fantasy, and more.
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10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2018

10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2018 | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Must-read stories from Han Kang, Porochista Khakpour, and Min Jin Lee.
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The Twenty-five Most-Read New Yorker Archive Stories of 2017

The Twenty-five Most-Read New Yorker Archive Stories of 2017 | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Erin Overbey and Joshua Rothman revisit the twenty-five most-read archive pieces from The New Yorker in 2017.
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"Embrace your quiet madness": an interview with the short story champion Cathy Galvin - The Sunday Times Short Story Awards

"Embrace your quiet madness": an interview with the short story champion Cathy Galvin - The Sunday Times Short Story Awards | The Short Story | Scoop.it
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11 Very Short Stories You Must Read Immediately

11 Very Short Stories You Must Read Immediately | The Short Story | Scoop.it
This weekend, Lydia Davis—crowned master of the very short story, not to mention a preeminent translator of classic French literature—turns 70. Davis didn't
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How Shirley Jackson Makes Us Lose Our Minds

How Shirley Jackson Makes Us Lose Our Minds | The Short Story | Scoop.it
On three separate occasions, I stood within feet of people I knew intimately—one a best friend since adolescence, one a former lover, and one a member of my
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BBC national short story award goes to Cynan Jones

BBC national short story award goes to Cynan Jones | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Praised by judges as ‘genuinely thrilling’, The Edge of the Shoal takes prestigious £15,000 honour
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“There’s no spare space in the short form. Everything counts. You have to create emotions and judgments, rather than describe them. A short story is a moment, not a journey. “All you can do is work at a story; make it as strong as you can. To be shortlisted for such a visible prize tops up the belief quota. Helps you write the next story.”
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BBC National Short Story Award - Available now - BBC Radio 4

BBC National Short Story Award - Available now - BBC Radio 4 | The Short Story | Scoop.it

Listen to finalists of the BBC short story prize as they are broadcast. 

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25 Alice Munro Stories You Can Read Online Right Now  

25 Alice Munro Stories You Can Read Online Right Now   | The Short Story | Scoop.it
When a writer is universally beloved and highly prolific, it can be hard for the uninitiated to know where to start. It’s even more difficult when the writer in question is a master of the sh…
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2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist

2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist | The Short Story | Scoop.it
With a record number of entries, Commonwealth Writers has just announced this year’s shortlist. From almost 6,000 entries, up fifty percent from 2016, from 49 countries of the Commonwealth, the international judging panel selected twenty-one stories for the shortlist.
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Property by Lionel Shriver review – assured and entertaining  

Property by Lionel Shriver review – assured and entertaining   | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Shriver brings her deadpan skills to a brilliant collection of stories about owning – and being owned...
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Complete fiction: why 'the short story renaissance' is a myth  

Complete fiction: why 'the short story renaissance' is a myth   | The Short Story | Scoop.it
With soaring sales, viral hits like Cat Person and a cameo by Tom Hanks, the form seems to be staging a comeback. But did it ever go away?
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10 Dark Short Stories You Can Read Online to Escape Holiday Cheer

10 Dark Short Stories You Can Read Online to Escape Holiday Cheer | The Short Story | Scoop.it
The holidays are magical, aren't they? They are so full of light and cheer and good food and fine wine and family. They are overrun with twinkle lights and
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Why "The Dead" by James Joyce Is the Greatest Christmas Story

Why "The Dead" by James Joyce Is the Greatest Christmas Story | The Short Story | Scoop.it
At the center of James Joyce's short story (or, more accurately, novella) "The Dead" is a feast. It happens in a house on Ushers Island in Dublin not long after the first decade of the previous century. The hosts are two elderly sisters (who are professional singers) and their niece. The guests are close friends and relatives of the Three Graces, as some call the aunts and their niece. It's Christmas time, and th
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Writers pick their favourite short stories

Writers pick their favourite short stories | The Short Story | Scoop.it
Great writers choose their favourite short stories by masters of the form, from Ernest Hemingway to Yiyun Li. For the next fortnight you can listen to a story a day on the Review podcast, beginning today with Philip Pullman reading Chekhov's 'The Beauties'
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From 2010 but the list is a great one.
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Tom Hanks's writing is yet another sad story of how men write women

Tom Hanks's writing is yet another sad story of how men write women | The Short Story | Scoop.it
The actor’s debut collection, Uncommon Type, is blighted by Hollywood’s obsession with female bodies – but he’s not the only author to write too much about hair and breasts
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‘Fox 8’ by George Saunders: a fantastical tale from the Man Booker winner

‘Fox 8’ by George Saunders: a fantastical tale from the Man Booker winner | The Short Story | Scoop.it
This week the master of the short story won the Booker for Lincoln in the Bardo. ‘Fox 8’ is a heartfelt letter to Yumans
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“The Edge of the Shoal”

“The Edge of the Shoal” | The Short Story | Scoop.it
He swings the fish from the water, a wild stripe flicking and flashing into the boat, and grabs the line, twisting the hook out, holding the fish down in the footrests. It gasps, thrashes. Drums. Something rapid and primal, ceremonial, in the shallow of the open boat.Flecks of blood and scales loosen, as if turning
Sharon Bakar's insight:
Cynan Jones' prize winning story.
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“Everything Is Far from Here”

“Everything Is Far from Here” | The Short Story | Scoop.it
On the first day, there’s a sense of relief. There are other feelings, too, but relief is among them. She has arrived, at least. After three weeks. After a broken sandal strap, sunburn on her cheeks, mud in her ears, bugs in her hair, blisters around her ankles,
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