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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.

OUR GOAL

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.

FOR READERS – COMMENTS POLICY

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.

ABOUT US

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.

Resonance

Validating short fiction as the ideal writerly art form for these current jam-packed times, this article from The Telegraph on the rise of the short story is a nice overview of short fiction's coming into its own.

Announcement

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

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    Getting a quick read: Speed-dating 8 short-story collectionsMilwaukee Journal SentinelLast year, after I set aside a number of promising new collections of stories, I read the first story in each book and shared my impressions. This year, I sampled 19 different collections published within the past few months. These eight made my cut ... […]
  • Alice Munro and the Short Story Form (WSJ Book Club) - Wall Street Journal (blog) 2014/07/23
    Wall Street Journal (blog)Alice Munro and the Short Story Form (WSJ Book Club)Wall Street Journal (blog)This month's WSJ Book Club host is Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the coming-of-age novel “Prep,” as well as “American Wife” and “Sisterland.” She has selected Alice Munro's 1998 collection of short stories, “The Love of a Good Woman,” and will be […]
  • Alison Moore on short stories - LeftLion 2014/07/20
    LeftLionAlison Moore on short storiesLeftLion2014 is the Year of Reading Women and Alison Moore is certainly worth reading. Her debut novel was shortlisted for the Booker and her current short story collection The Pre-War House and Other Stories was shortlisted for the 2014 East Midlands Book ... […]
  • Colin Barrett takes short story award - Irish Independent 2014/07/20
    Irish IndependentColin Barrett takes short story awardIrish IndependentThe annual award, run by the Munster Literature Centre is sponsored by UCC and Cork City Council, and was founded to encourage publishers to issue more collections of stories by individual authors – and to acknowledge Cork's special relationship with ... […]
  • These short story collections get you thinking about life - Charlotte Observer 2014/07/18
    Charlotte ObserverThese short story collections get you thinking about lifeCharlotte ObserverThe best short stories ask you to lend a hand in figuring things out. Unless, of course, the writer tacks on a neon message: Now, see here, life is a struggle. The writers below are too smart for that. At the heart of Kelly Cherry's 10 interconnected ... […]
  • Fiction Friday: Excerpt from Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho's Short Story Collection ... - Books LIVE (blog) 2014/07/18
    Fiction Friday: Excerpt from Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho's Short Story Collection ...Books LIVE (blog)Brent Meersman explains that Mukwevho spent 11 years in prison and that it was during this time that he developed his writing skills and wrote the stories in the collection. “These are highly readable, clearly told stories. They are also moral tales ... […]

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