For the last weekend of Fiction Writers Review’s Short Story Month celebration, here’s one more helping of short-story-related news (and some gratuitous shorts-related photosyou know you enjoy them):
- Ninth Letter shares a story by Rachel Cantor, “Zanzibar, Bereft,” to read online.
- At The Millions, Paul Vidich reflects on the livelihood of the short story: “Is today’s short fiction not as good? Hardly. Why aren’t readers holding up their part of the bargain? The answer, let me suggest, is related to how readers are given the opportunity to read – distribution, in commercial terms.”
- Still not enough short stories for your insatiable appetite? Search Twitter for the Short Story Month Tag (#ssm2011) for lots of recommendations. Story-loving Tweeters will point you to everything from Eudora Welty’s “Flowers for Marjorie” to Alison Barker’s “Fact of Life”.
- Flavorwire lists its favorite short stories of the past year (many with links to read online). Did they miss any of your favorites?
- One Story tries to come up with the Top Short Stories of All Time. There’s a top 10 list (yes, “The Dead” by James Joyce is on it) and a longlist—how many have you read?
- The deadline for Glimmertrain’s Short Story Award for New Writers is May 31. The contest is open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000; first prize is $1,200 and publication. For prize information, contest guidelines, and to submit, visit Glimmertrain’s website. And while you’re there, consider subscribing to this great journal, which publishes only short fiction!
- Don’t forget: you can win FREE SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS through the Collection Giveaway Project, hosted right here on Fiction Writers Review. Click here to see the list of blogs giving away books, and good luck!
There are still 4 more days of Short Story Month left, so keep checking back here at Fiction Writers Review for more story-related content every day, including a story to read online (for inspiration) and a writing prompt (to get you in gear).