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Welcome to Read Short Fiction, a place dedicated to shorter works of fiction and their amazing readers.  Yes, a reader of short fiction is someone special – someone who wants the essence of life distilled down to its core, savoring it just as one would a gourmet meal that the chef reduced during cooking to concentrate its flavor.  You, reader, are welcome here.  We want to amass for you a wealth of wonderful stories to entertain and inspire, because life’s too short to read boring fiction.


We want Read Short Fiction to be for the short story what so many branded mass market outlets are for celebrity, sports, and political news.  On a downslide for years as money flowed towards novels, the short story (and other shorter forms, like flash fiction and other micro-fiction) is ripe for a rebirth in the everyday reading world.  Think about it: we’re all busy people — often insanely so — and more and more our world around us is getting faster and more condensed.  What, then, makes for better material to read and be entertained by in this always-quickening world: a 300+ page novel, or a 3-10 page short story?  We here at readshortfiction are ecstatic that short fiction is making its comeback and will get its day back in the sun, and we want to be there with the bottle of champagne to welcome it home.


readshortfiction.com, as a reader-focused journal, allows readers to comment on the posted stories.  We believe reader-response to be the essential part of reading that makes it such a worthwhile activity, but with a voice comes responsibility, and we moderate comments to ensure a fair discussion.

Please observe the following one, simple, easy-to-remember guideline when responding to a story.  Ready for it?  Here it is:  1. Be nice. Civil discourse is what we’re about.  It’s fine to comment that you didn’t care for a story, if you’re substantive and forthright.  But rants, flames, and senseless barbs have no place here (but you knew that already).

All comments include a “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down” feature.  Comments are moderated to prevent spam and to preserve the spirit of what we are hoping to build together.


We’re editors (and writers) who want to see the day that people talk about the latest Jhumpa Lahiri short story at the water cooler with as much emotion as they do American Idol.  We may be dreamers in that regard, but nothing was ever accomplished without first being someone’s dream.

More specifically, we are:

- Robert Mayette, a writer in several genres, primarily literary fiction, historical fiction and fantasy.  Mr. Mayette holds an MA in English Literature and when not working on his own writing, he loves curling up with anthologies, the occassional literary novel, and works of sci-fi and fantasy.  By day, he works for the consumer marketing division of a major print media company out of New York.

- Kristi Petersen-Schoonover, a writer of literary fiction and horror.  Ms. Petersen-Schoonover holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, where she also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Pitkin Review.  You can read more about Kristi at her website.


Read Short Fiction announces Pushcart nominee

The editors of Read Short Fiction are proud to announce that our Pushcart Prize nomination for the year goes to Michael Wehunt’s “Everything, All at Once, Forever.”

“Everything, All at Once, Forever” is a rare find. This story plumbs the terrible depths of loss in a way that few stories have; in our opinion, this is literary horror at its finest.

To learn more about the Pushcart, click here.

And to read “Everything, All at Once, Forever” please click here.

RSS Short Story News Center

  • 15 Short Story Collections for the Novels-Only Reader - Paste Magazine (blog) 2014/04/18
    Paste Magazine (blog)15 Short Story Collections for the Novels-Only ReaderPaste Magazine (blog)Not a fan of the short story? Instead of shunning it, try reading these linked story collections. Otherwise known as novels-in-stories, they unite independent story plots through interconnected narratives, transcendent themes and shared geographies. […]
  • New collection of Haruki Murakami short stories hits Japan bookshops - South China Morning Post 2014/04/18
    Straits TimesNew collection of Haruki Murakami short stories hits Japan bookshopsSouth China Morning PostThe collection, entitled Onna no Inai Otokotachi - which can be translated as "Men Without Women" - includes five short stories which have already been published separately in magazines and one new offering. "Murakami is definitely best kno […]
  • Can Xue's Latest Collection of Short Stories - Women of China 2014/04/18
    Women of ChinaCan Xue's Latest Collection of Short StoriesWomen of ChinaFor the past three decades, Can Xue has lived a secluded life, but she has been very clear-sighted when it comes to social issues and completed her latest collection of five short stories, published by the Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House and ... […]
  • Life after law: Madeleine D'Arcy unveils debut story collection - Irish Examiner 2014/04/18
    Life after law: Madeleine D'Arcy unveils debut story collectionIrish ExaminerFormer solicitor Madeleine D'Arcy publishes her debut collection of short stories on April 26. She tells Colette Sheridan it's never too late to start writing. ALTHOUGH Madeleine D'Arcy's writing career kicked off relatively late in life, the Macroom ... […]
  • Shorter and sweeter: Mai Al-Nakib's debut collection of short stories hits the ... - The National 2014/04/16
    Shorter and sweeter: Mai Al-Nakib's debut collection of short stories hits the ...The NationalEvery so often I encounter a book that surpasses expectations and the Kuwaiti writer Mai Al-Nakib's debut collection of short stories The Hidden Light of Objects is the most refreshing arrival on my desk so far this year. The short story has often been ... […]
  • Kuwaiti academic launches her short story collection "The Hidden Light of Objects" - Kuwait News Agency 2014/04/15
    Kuwait News AgencyKuwaiti academic launches her short story collection "The Hidden Light of Objects"Kuwait News AgencyKUWAIT, April 15 (KUNA) -- Mai Al-Nakib, the author of recently released short story collection "The Hidden Light of Objects," read a selection of excerpts from her book discussing elements of cosmopolitanism and language […]

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