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By Lynley Stace | Articles to help your craft

Welcome to the Era of the Horror Anthology

Some of the scariest movies of the past few years are just 20 minutes long.<p>The first horror movie I ever saw was <i>I Know What You Did Last Summer</i>. I was 10 or 11 years old, and it was playing at a friend's house. I saw perhaps 15 minutes of it. Removed of all context, and without seeing the ending, …

Horror Movies

13 Horror Short Story Collections by Women

Little known fact: In addition to being Black History Month, February is also host to Women in Horror Month. The initiative, which has been …

Literature

George Saunders on Chekhov's Different Visions of Happiness

The Lincoln in the Bardo author dissects the Russian writer’s masterful meditations on beauty and sorrow in the short story “Gooseberries,” and explains the importance of questioning your stance while writing.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages</b> …

Literature

The Key to Writing a Mystery Is Asking the Perfect Question

The veteran author John Rechy discusses the powerful enigma of William Faulkner and the beauty of the unsolved narrative.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jonathan Franzen, Emma Donoghue,</b> …

Literature

A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2017

<b>UPCOMING SHORT STORY CONTESTS</b><p><b>Mogford Short Story Prize</b><br>is for work with food and drink at its heart. First prize is £10,000 (approximately US$12,500) …

10 Shirley Jackson Short Stories For Fans Of The Queen Of Horror

Beloved author Shirley Jackson would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 14, had she lived to see it. In honor of this auspicious occasion, …

Characters Don't Change, but Readers Do

The novelist and poet Alice Mattison discusses finding inspiration in the unconventional short stories of Grace Paley.<p>In the 1970s, Alice Mattison made a decision that would transform her life: She hired a babysitter to care for her infant son, which gave her two two-hour shifts a week in which to …

Literature

The Model Short Story

<b>Lynne Tillman on</b><p><b>"Florida" by Mavis Gallant</b><p>Mavis Gallant is a supremely sophisticated writer, elegant, cunning, intelligent, like Henry James and …

Josh Barkan on the 3 Elements Your Mediocre Short Story is Missing

Here are three things in great short stories that are frequently missing in the stories of my MFA students, or in the stories of aspiring writers: sufficient conflict; access to the interior consciousness of the protagonist; and something strange, quirky, or truly unusual that the reader wants to …

Storytelling

Short Story Shortcuts: Make A Big Impact With Fewer Words

To successfully write short fiction, you need to make a big impact in as few words as possible. So every choice you make as an author needs to be …

5 Super Short Stories To Creep You Out

<b>My New Doggie!</b><p>I went to the animal shelter a couple weeks ago and adopted a beautiful young golden retriever. He’s the smartest dog I’ve ever met. …

Something Rhymed talks about Katherine Mansfield

Revealing the Dark Tones of Katherine Mansfield’s 'At The Bay'

‘This ideal, which can turn into an <i>idée fixe</i>, will grip especially those who are at home in the giant cities and the web of their numberless …

Culture

Katherine Mansfield: ‘At the Bay’

1964 Penguin edition of <i>The Garden Party</i><p>However you choose to dissect her best work, (and she did do some that wasn’t all that), Katherine Mansfield …

Books

About Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield<p>"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others ... Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the …

At the Bay - Katherine Mansfield

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The Doll's House Analysis

Mansfield aspired to write the perfect short story and her writing was influenced by the Russian writer Anton Chekhov. Like jewels, her stories …

Books

Margaret Drabble reads 'The Doll's House' by Katherine Mansfield

Margaret Drabble reads Katherine Mansfield’s ‘memorable, painful’ The Doll’s House – the first adult short story she ever read<p>For more podcasts, including Philip Pullman reading Chekhov and William Boyd reading JG Ballard, visit the Guardian short stories podcast page. To nominate your own …

This is a great picture and quick reminder of what the "Doll's house" was all about. #mansfield #dollshouse https://t.co/EmCe1wq5ds

A Structure For Short Stories

I was going to take a break from talking about story structure but I came across a fabulous post by Chris Winkle over at Mythcreants, “Outline a …

Storytelling

Short stories by Anton Chekhov, By Anton Chekhov, Translated by Constance Garnet, Read by Stephen Fry

Bad Dreams by Tessa Hadley review – enthralling short stories

A sleepless mother and daughter wander their house by night while a girl accepts a ride from a stranger in a collection of breathtaking delicacy<p>The title story of Tessa Hadley’s outstanding new collection sits at the heart of the book. It is exquisite, haunting and serves as something of an index …

Books

7 Stories for Writers to Read & Study

If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader first. Here are seven stories that I recommend to students in my online fiction writing class, …

Literature

Like to Write? Enter Wattpad’s ‘Battle the Beast’ Contest

Attention writers: How would you like to score $10,000 and have a chance of seeing your fiction adapted as a digital short film? Our friends at …

Publishing

5 Debut Short Story Collections with Less-Than-Perfect Protagonists

In Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut short story collection <i>Homesick for Another World</i>, characters aim for human connection, and mostly miss.<p>A man falls in love with the woman behind the counter at his local video arcade, but when he manages to get her number, he sends her sarcastic and demeaning texts. A …

15 More Short Stories for Engaging Secondary Students Teaching Literary Elements

15 More Short Stories for Engaging Secondary Students & Teaching Literary Elements<p>I recently wrote about thirteen of my favorite short stories to …

John Cheever on the Pain of Loneliness and How It Feeds the Beauty and Creative Restlessness of Youth

“A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey’s gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.”<p><i>“If I could catch the feeling, I would; the feeling of the singing of the real world, as one is driven by</i> …

Literature

Paris Review - The Art of the Short Story

Ernest Hemingway<p>Issue 79, Spring 1981<p><i>In March, 1959, Ernest Hemingway’s publisher Charles Scribner, Jr. suggested putting together a student’s edition of Hemingway short stories. He listed the twelve stories which were most in demand for anthologies, but thought that the collection could include</i> …

Literature

My job isn't to tell you that horse thieves are bad but to tell you what this horse thief is like. Chekhov #writing https://t.co/gAnaVBxBjg