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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.

RSS Short Story News Center

  • Kathleen Winter's short stories delve deep - Cult MTL 2014/09/22
    Cult MTLKathleen Winter's short stories delve deepCult MTLAmerican Songs Montreal author Kathleen Winter's new short story collection, The Freedom in American Songs, explores the intricacies of human relationships. The characters in these stories struggle to connect with others, and when they do, their ... […]
  • Hilary Mantel hits back at critics of her Thatcher assassination short story - The Guardian 2014/09/22
    The GuardianHilary Mantel hits back at critics of her Thatcher assassination short storyThe GuardianMail columnist Stephen Glover dismissed the story as “dangerous nonsense”. Writing on Monday he said: “What I object to is not Hilary Mantel's detestation of Thatcher, warped though I believe it to be. It is the suggestion that she could, and should ...Bo […]
  • Universal Buys YA Short-Story Collection 'Let It Snow' - Hollywood Reporter 2014/09/19
    Hollywood ReporterUniversal Buys YA Short-Story Collection 'Let It Snow'Hollywood ReporterUniversal has optioned the film rights to the short-story collection Let It Snow, written by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Released in 2008, the book features three separate interconnected stories about teens during a huge ... […]
  • Universal Options Short Story Selection 'Let It Snow' - Variety 2014/09/19
    Hollywood ReporterUniversal Options Short Story Selection 'Let It Snow'VarietyUniversal Pictures has optioned the film rights to “Let It Snow,” the short story collection written by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce under the Universal-based Bluegrass Films banner. “Let It ...Universal Nabs Ri […]
  • Collection of 'Esquire' magazines with short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald to ... - Press-Register - al.com 2014/09/17
    Collection of 'Esquire' magazines with short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald to ...Press-Register - al.comMONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum will celebrate the 118th birthday of celebrated novelist and short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald on Sept. 24 in Montgomery. The event, which will begin at noon, will showcase an  […]
  • Time Killers: Kazue Kato Short Story Collection GN 1 - Anime News Network 2014/09/17
    Time Killers: Kazue Kato Short Story Collection GN 1Anime News NetworkTime Killers , a title she says is meant to evoke a way to pass the time, is a collection of stories more bitter than sweet and varied in its subject matter. Printed on glossy paper and with two stories in full color, it is a great read for fans of ... […]

Recent Comments on Stories

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  • Kristi Petersen Schoonover: This piece is both moving and haunting; we enjoyed its abili...
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