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The Sum of the Parts: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and the Short Story in Novel Writing

By Susmita Bhattacharya “Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the gloves herself.” This is not the opening to Virginia Woolf’s novel, Mrs Dalloway, but …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Have You Written Your Story's 'Mirror Moment' Yet?

If you haven't read James Scott Bell's books on writing, you're missing out on some great information. The first book of his I read was <i>Plot &</i> …

Translation Tuesday: short story The Emergency Brake by Hermann Burger

A gentleman making his way through a rich lunch is confronted by the shadows of his idealistic, younger self, in this story by the late Swiss author<p>By Hermann Burger and Adrian Nathan West for Translation Tuesdays by Asymptote, part of the Guardian Books Network<p>Fresh from releasing our massive …

No Need for Sainthood: On Grace Paley’s Enduring Humanity

<i>“That eye with which any artist looks at life is really dumb in a lot of ways. Usually, students forget how people make a living, for instance. Well,</i> …

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Soviet Animations of Ray Bradbury Stories: ‘Here There Be Tygers’ & ‘There Will Come Soft Rain’

Sergei Bondarchuk directed an 8-hour film adaptation of <i>War and Peace</i> (1966-67), which ended up winning an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture. When he was …

Zone of Strangeness: On John Cheever’s Subjective Suburbs

<b>John Cheever</b> may be the most misunderstood and miscategorized important American author of the 20th century. On three separate recent occasions, and …

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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (April, May, June Edition)

We’re so pleased to introduce Art Klepchukov to the community today, along with a new potential series on CONTESTS for fiction writers!<p><i>Art writes</i> …

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Love in the Time of Numbness; or, Doctor Chekhov, Writer

<i>The following text is adapted from a keynote address given to the recipients of the 2017 Whiting Awards for emerging writers</i>.<p>When my mother’s mother began to die of a mysterious, undiagnosable neurological illness, the first thing she lost was her sense of taste. For most families, perhaps, this …

This Week in Fiction: Victor Lodato on the Short Story as a Fling

Y<i>our story in this week’s issue, “Herman Melville, Volume 1,” is about a young woman who has been drifting from town to town in Oregon with her boyfriend, Evan. The story opens as she’s carrying all their stuff—“two skateboards, two backpacks, the banjo in its scratched-up case”—and searching for</i> …

My Short Story Writing Process – In 12 Easy Steps

<i>Thank you for the continuing enthusiastic response to our Short Story Challenge. It’s awesome. I have created a closed group on Facebook: 12 Short</i> …

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With short story writers Randall Brown and Melissa Palladino

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With journalist Michelle V. Rafter and friends from LinkedIn

David Ebenbach

I think we've all been taught that there's only one kind of revision—you write a draft of a story, and then you revise that story over and over again …

How to Escape the Slush Pile

<b>A self-editing checklist for short story writers</b><i>This article was written in partnership with the Authors Guild for their Writers’ Resource Library.</i> …

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The 10 Best Interlinked Short Story Collections

Michael Knight, author of the linked story collection 'Eveningland,' picks 10 interlinked story collections, including 'Olive Kitteridge' and 'A …

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Take 3: Bonus Q&A’s From Fiction Editors

<i>In the March/April 2017</i> Writer’s Digest <i>15 fiction editors at top publications answer our trio of questions to get to the heart of what they’re</i> really<i></i> …

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4 Short Lessons on the Subject of Short Stories

Whether you’re actively trying to publish short fiction or merely considering giving it a try, the March/April 2017 <i>Writer’s Digest</i> is full of ways to …

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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, …

Diabolical Dames: 13 Horror 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 …

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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> …

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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> …

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A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2017

UPCOMING SHORT STORY CONTESTS Mogford Short Story Prize is for work with food and drink at its heart. First prize is £10,000 (approximately …

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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, …