We are on the verge of the second golden age of the short story. Changes in distribution methods and cost, the growth of the e-reader and the fragmentation of Big Media’s hold on public attention all mean that readers, writers and editors are consuming, producing and distributing fiction in new ways.
Why Short Stories?
Short stories make the perfect intro to a new author’s work, a great way for readers to get a top-up from their favorite authors between novels, a perfect impulse purchase on a phone or e-reader.
After years of languishing in the shadows as magazines stopped publishing them and the big prize money went to novels, short stories are poised for a huge comeback.
Why The Month of May?
Inspired by April’s National Poetry Month and thanks to the StoryADay in May writing challenge, May has started to become identified with the short story. So now we’re making it official and declaring May 2013 to be the first organized International Short Story Month.
What Can You Do?
You can get involved in boosting this wonderful form whether you are a reader, a writer, a publisher, and editor, a writing prize sponsor or an educator. Find opportunities to sponsor Short Story Month here. Follow the #ShortReads hashtag on Twitter (started by publisher AAKnopf).
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And most of all, read a great story today.