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Here’s another helping of short-story related news for this week:


  • BookCourt in Brooklyn presents two reading from new collections:
    • Monday, May 16th, at 7:00 pm: Danzy Senna, from You Are Free
    • Tuesday, May 17th, at 7:00 pm: Donald Moss
  • David Abrahms of The Quivering Pen will be doing daily giveaways of short story collections the week of May 16—i.e., this coming week. He writes: “Along with the giveaways, I’ve invited each of the authors to contribute their thoughts about the short story–why they matter, why they’ll survive, and why readers should never dismiss them with a wave of the hand. Stay tuned for more details….”
  • Deborah Rose Reeves has a great video of Amy Hempel on what she left out of a story.


  • At the Little Patuxent Review, writer Madeleine Mysko discusses the years (yes, plural) it took to bring one story story to completion.
  • Gabriel Blackwell has some interesting thoughts on collections.
  • Have you been checking Matt Bell’s blog for his posts on 31 short stories in 31 days? If not, click on over now. And watch out next week for a guest post by Matt Bell right here on FWR.



  • Ninth Letter is running a Short Story Month giveaway. Simply visit their page and leave a comment telling them which is your favorite Ninth Letter story and why, and you’ll be eligible to win one of two prize packs.

We’ll be back with another roundup of short-story related news next Friday—in the meantime, check back every day (yes, even weekends!) for more Short Story Month posts here at FWR all through May.

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