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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.


Read Short Fiction is a hatchery for the rebirth of the short story 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 Read Short Fiction 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.


Read Short Fiction, 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 literary novels and works of sci-fi and fantasy.  By day, he works for a technology company.

- 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.


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.

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  • 'Where We Are Now' a powerful collection of stories - The Missoulian 2014/10/19
    'Where We Are Now' a powerful collection of storiesThe MissoulianThis blurring of the ever-thinning line between novels and short-story collections brought to mind three recent titles: “Acts of God” by Ellen Gilchrist (Algonquin, $23.95) delivers 10 stories on a theme: surviving incontrovertible reminders of ...and more » […]
  • Novelist Hilary Mantel shows quirky side in short-story collection 'The ... - Kansas City Star 2014/10/19
    Kansas City StarNovelist Hilary Mantel shows quirky side in short-story collection 'The ...Kansas City StarWith her political views established, the story opens with a doorbell ring, and she welcomes a man she thinks is a plumber. When he sets out his tools, however, it becomes clear that he is actually a gunman planning to shoot Thatcher from the front […]
  • The 10 best short story collections - The Guardian 2014/10/17
    The 10 best short story collectionsThe GuardianThe best short stories should haunt you for days and weeks. The stories in McGregor's collection have stayed with me for months on end. They are linked by a unity of place – the fenlands of Norfolk and Cambridge – and by precise, elegant prose that ... […]
  • Short story collections dive in to this fall - Washington Post 2014/10/14
    Short story collections dive in to this fallWashington PostSuave and accomplished, the stories in the veteran writer's latest collection nonetheless feel stubbornly unsatisfying. They are unsettling, resistant to tidy denouement and faintly misanthropic, all qualities that I generally find appealing in short ... […]
  • Matt Rader's short story collection touches on past and present - Vancouver Sun 2014/10/10
    Vancouver SunMatt Rader's short story collection touches on past and presentVancouver SunKelowna author Matt Rader's short story collection, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This, draws on Vancouver Island's long and turbulent history of labour activism. The final story in the book, All This Was a Long Time Ago, was awarded the Jack Hodgins ...an […]

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