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Annie Proulx Will be Awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

The National Book Foundation has just announced that it will award Annie Proulx the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters--a …

How to Keep a Short Story Short

Part of constraining a short story to its simplest form is to observe the convention of its length. Edgar Allen Poe said it should <b>aim for a single</b> …

Writing

So you want to write sci-fi? Tips from the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Want to be a science fiction or fantasy writer? You’d better sit down.<p>That’s the advice from Cat Rambo, a Seattle writer with more than 200 published …

Science Fiction

Here is a lost Kurt Vonnegut short story. It’s a weirdly feminist satire about bees.

Welcome to the Vox weekly book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of September 3, 2017.<p>Indiana University has discovered an early unpublished short story by Kurt Vonnegut. It’s a …

Literature

Eight rules for writing historical short stories

The idea, I suppose, first came to me 13 years ago, as I was driving across the country, touring for my first book – a set of linked short stories …

Authors

10 short story collections for when you need a quick read

You know what we like better than settling in with a great book? Cozying up with a <i>bunch</i> of great books in one. Fictional short story collections are …

Books

'The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway' reveals much – maybe too much

The inclusion of early drafts of Hemingway stories sometimes detracts from the pleasure of the finished product.<p>August 9, 2017 —“Pay no attention,” …

“Hey, anyone know how to pitch ____?”: Here’s every public guideline I know of

Any freelance journalist will tell you, man: pitching is hard. Every part of it is hard, too, from the tone to the format to the sheer amount of …

Why We Chose It

“Door to Door” by Kevin Wilson, appears in the July/August 2017 issue of the Kenyon Review. Many of the sentences in “Door to Door,” a story by Kevin …

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Why We Chose It

By David Lynn, Editor<p>I had never read work by Aisha Gawad before, but when I came across this passage early in her story “Waking Luna,” [now in <i>KR</i>, …

Short story roundup – prison, pregnancy and the pain of adolescent sexuality

The latest crop of short stories offers visceral truths from a range of viewpoints<p>Sarah Hall is one of those rare writers whose short fiction has the same luminosity as her novels. But the short form allows her more room to probe and roam, to experiment with form, to sink her fingers into the …

Books

A Good Short Story Is “A Pill That Let’s Us See the Real”

Author Sarah Hall on the short story’s unique ability to challenge our expectations, our sense of order, and the world’s ‘given-ness’Sarah Hall’s …

Authors

The latest short stories have a bleak take on romance

Houman Barekat reviews collections from Gordon Lish, Joshua Ferris, Mary Gaitskill and Jim Shepard<p>It can’t be easy to switch between editing others people’s fiction and writing your own: how do you suspend that intuitive critical impulse? Gordon Lish, who is best known as the editor of Raymond …

Books

The Rudyard Kipling revival: poet is no longer 'persona non grata', says biographer

For decades, he was treated as a "persona non grata", left off from school syllabuses due to his "politically incorrect" views of the British Empire.<p>But now Rudyard Kipling is now enjoying a revival among a new generation of researchers who have moved beyond the "knee jerk" reaction to him and have …

Literature

Anita Desai: ‘Every once in a while, a short story pursues you’

As the writer turns 80, she reflects on how tales briefly told are in the habit of returning<p>I was always a scribbler. As soon as I was taught the alphabet I scribbled – even before I could spell so that I was always harassing everyone in the household (including the cook who knew no English) “How …

Authors

Sarah Hall: ‘Short stories are a place for dark psychology’

The novelist on writing about sex, her turbulent home life and why short stories are particularly hard to craft<p><b>The Booker-shortlisted author is known for her sharp focus on wild landscapes and the natural world, winning fans with The Electric Michelangelo and</b> <b>The Wolf Border</b><b>. But her latest</b> …

Books

How to Write a Short Story That Your Readers Love

How to Write a Book (Free eBook)<p>Join my writing tribe and I'll send you my comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to write and finish your …

Writing

Short Stories: They’re Just Like Life

There is incredible potential within a short story, and I think a story collection offers almost infinite leeway with plot and scope, length and style. I turned to this form when I was writing my first book, <i>You know When the Men Are Gon</i>e, because I wanted to move freely from one very different …

Authors

The (Urban) Legend of Ernest Hemingway’s Six-Word Story: “For sale, Baby shoes, Never worn.”

A piercingly dark piece of writing, taking the heart of a Dickens or Dostoevsky novel and carving away all the rest, Ernest Hemingway’s six-word …

Why anthology TV is the best kind of TV

When the 2011 first season of Ryan Murphy's <i>American Horror Story</i> ended with (spoiler alert) everyone winding up dead, viewers assumed they’d come …

TV

With Smoky Bars And Vanishing Cats, Murakami Releases His New Collection Of Short Stories

Bestselling author Haruki Murakami has come out with a brand new collection of short stories, the first in over a decade.<p>"Men Without Women" is a …

6 Creepy Stories By WOC You Can Read Right Now

The Internet is a wondrous place; you can find seemingly limitless photos of cute animals, and you can also find fan-drawn art of your favorite …

Writing

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

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and the Short Story in Novel Writing

<i>“Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the gloves herself.”</i><p>This is not the opening to Virginia Woolf’s novel, <i>Mrs Dalloway</i>, but rather the opening to the …

Stories We Love: “55 Miles to the Gas Pump,” by Annie Proulx

I’m a bit embarrassed to tell you that I love Annie Proulx’s “55 Miles to the Gas Pump” (<i>Close Range: Wyoming Stories</i>, 1999). Embarrassed because the …

Brevity Is Bliss: The Best Short Story Collections to Read Now - Signature

Stories<p>Argentina provides the backdrop for this collection of sometimes disturbing and always provocative stories by Buenos Aires-based writer Mariana Enriquez. From an unlikely serial killer to a curious form of protest to a particularly strange instance of hikikomori, the stories in this …

Books

These Heartbreaking Short Stories Perfectly Reflect The Angst Of Ageing Parents

Our parents are getting older. With each passing day, they are hitting senescence while we are busy in our own lives, trying to make some sense out …

Parenting

Roberto Bolaño’s 12 Tips on “the Art of Writing Short Stories”

For some certain romantic reasons, a segment of the English-language reading population fell in love with Roberto Bolaño in the first few years of …