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Words off the page, spoken, are another art form altogether.

Jewish Short Stories
Audio files narrated by celebs for a series of best Jewish stories of the last 150 years, produced by the National Yiddish Book Center and KCRW for NPR.

BoldType Audio Excerpts and Readings
BoldType, formerly an online magazine from Random House reinvented by Flavorpill Productions as an email-based review, maintains an audio library of fiction streaming in RealPlayer or RealAudio formats. Here are some of the short stories:
Aimee Bender reading from her collection, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt; Arthur Bradford reading a from Dogwalker; Nathan Englander reading the amazing "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges," as well as "Reb Kringle," from his collection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges; Aleksandar Hemon reading from his collection, The Question of Bruno; Steven Rinehart reading "Kick in the Head," from his collection of the same name; and John Updike reading his short story, "The Witnesses."

Selected Shorts
No streaming audio here, but still, this is perhaps the most extensive audio collection of short fiction in the world, and it's available via audiocassette and cd purchase. All stories were recorded live at Symphony Space in New York City as part of a continuing public radio series that is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC Radio. There are 18 volumes of Broadway and Hollywood actors reading stories from the masters, as well as from new voices in short fiction.


Classic short stories are abundant on the net, due to public domain, so there's no excuse for not reading Chekhov, now is there?

Bibliomania Short Stories
Over 700 classic short stories from the world's greatest authors.

Classic Reader: Short Stories
The collection, at last check, contained 651 books and 906 short stories by 196 authors; stories here are full unabridged versions. Includes large collections from
Ambrose Bierce, Anton Chekhov, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Guy de Maupassant.

English Server Fiction Collection: Short Fiction
The English Server, from the University of Washington, contains fiction and resources from public-domain collections across the Internet, classics mostly, but also new works.



The sheer number of literary journals, mags, e-zines, pamphlets and more is proof that the short story is alive and, well, kicking. Enjoy.

The Atlantic Online: Fiction
Although The Atlantic Monthly.has dropped short stories from its montly publication schedule in favor of an annual fiction issue, there is still an archive of stories to be found online, available to subscribers only.

The Barcelona Review
A vast archive for this electronic review of international contemporary fiction in English/Spanish/Catalan multilingual format is online, categorized by author. Find stories from
Adam Haslett, Frederick Barthelme, and Pinckney Benedict here.

Blackbird Fiction
A new online journal of literature and the arts, a joint venture of the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc., publishing twice a year. Pays for accepted works.

Blithe House Quarterly
A quarterly literary magazine for gay short fiction featuring about 10 short stories each issue.

Boston Review Fiction
Stories from the print publication are offered online. Notables include
Stephen Dixon and Tom Paine.

Carve Magazine
A popular online mag offering the "equivalent of a 200 page book of short stories every two months" for free download.

Drunken Boat
Art, poetry, and prose with an online archive.

Samuel Beckett was the inspiration for this online literary magazine that publishes original works of fiction, poetry, and art.

Fiction Warehouse
This ezine features a new story each week. An extensive and user-friendly story archive is also offered, along with an author index, wherein those familiar with
collectedstories will recognize writers Krista McGruder and Jen Cullerton Johnson.

Glimmer Train Stories
A print-publication only with submissions taken online.

A print literary journal that has an online archive dating back to April 2002.

Insolent Rudder

Insolent Rudder closed in 2004 but will be active again in in the spring of 2006.

Land-Grant College Review
The Land-Grant College Review is a relatively new New York-based print magazine of fiction, nonfiction, and visual artwork. The website offers an archive as well as an online submission center.

The offspring of Dave Eggers, enough said.

The Missouri Review/Fiction
The online version of this tried-and-true literary print journal provides a nice selection of good fiction. Also, for fun, check out their "envelope feature," whereby they have posted pics of submission envelopes, complete with editors' handwritten comments all over, from stories they've chosen to publish.

More than just a cute logo; only three print issues out of the gate, and there's over 50 stories online in the archive.

The New Yorker Fiction
An online posting of a sample story from the current issue of the esteemed print publication.

One Story
One Story is a subscription-only print publication consisting solely of one story, edited by Hannah Tinti, the author of the short story collection Animal Crackers. An online database of stories is not provided; however, there are excerpts with full Q&As to be found.

Orchid: A Literary Review
A new print-only publication out of Michigan, "celebrating stories and the art of storytelling." The first issue made its debut in May of 2000 and featured 16 stories. No excerpts or samples online as of yet.

Oyster Boy Review

Their slogan is "stories that defy classification ... brought to you weekly." Needless to say, there is a vast archive.

Pulp Net
A British online magazine of new short fiction and fiction reviews. Three new short stories published each month and a "Live Lit" page highlighting London's fiction events.

A literary mag published three times a year by Emerson College. Online, there are over 3,000 poems, stories, and articles from both the current issue and archives.

Quarterly Literary Review Singapore Short Stories
A journal promoting the literary arts of Singapore, including a handful of short stories in each issue.

Short Stories East of the Web
A premiere short story portal hailing from the U.K., complete with new stories, classic stories and teaching resources.

Small Spiral Notebook Fiction
Kick off your shoes and read for a while at this glossy site out of Manhattan with a down home feel.

SmokeLong Quarterly
An online literary magazine for flash fiction (1,000 words or less). Despite the name, they are now publishing bi-monthly.

Story Finder

Story Finder, from Roth Publishing, Inc., provides thousands of full-text short stories plus explanations, biographies, pictures and more. It's database is updated constantly with classic and contemporary stories.

Story Quarterly
Despite the title, this is an annual print magazine of short fiction - now producing web issues.

Story Mania Short Stories
All submissions are accepted here, provided they meet simple guidelines, so there's anything and everything under 10,000 words.

TagTeam Fiction from The Line of The Joural News
Each week, two authors are invited to collaborate on an original short story; new stories post on Thursdays. Of particular note is "Fish Suspicion," by
Aimee Bender and Jonathan Lethem.

Tatlin's Tower
The last issue for this online magazine of new fiction seems to be May of 2004; the archive dates back to 2000.

Tin House
A nice-looking print publication of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that is good competition for Zoetrope's
You'll usually find a sample fiction piece online, selected from their current issue, and there's an accumulation of select stories in their online archive.

TopWriteCorner's Short Story Corner

Unlikely Stories
If the name intrigues you, read on.

Word Riot Stories
The spirit of Word Riot is in the name. The story archive dates back to March 2002, and you'll also find flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry and a "stretching forms" category.

Zoetrope: All-Story
A quarterly literary print publication founded by Francis Ford Coppola that bills itself as "The New Generation of Classic Short Stories." Current issue stories are not online, but stories from back issues are, creating a virtual storehouse of who's who is current short fiction.

Zoetrope: All-Story Extra
Online-only stories, selected from Zoetrope's Virtual Studio short story workshop, spanning 1998 through 2002.

Zyzzyva Archive
A visit to the archive of Zyzzyva, a print journal of West coast writers and artists, turns up many stories from past issues, including the late
F.X Toole's "The Monkey Look," which was later published in 2000 as part of his debut collection Rope Burns, at the age of 70.



The O. Henry Awards
BoldType, the online magazine of Random House (the publisher of the famed yearly Prize Stories anthology of the O. Henry Award-winning stories), has a great resource on the Awards from their inception through to 2002, complete with a comprehensive listing of winners, history, FAQ page and a few of the winning stories, at least from recent years, online.

The PEN/Malamud Award
Administered by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, this award was established in 1988 by the family of the late
Bernard Malamud to honor a body of work that demonstrates excellence in the art of short fiction. It went to John Updike in its inception. Most recently, the award has been split between an established writer and a newcomer with Ursula Le Guin and Junot Diaz taking the prize in 2002. Read Le Guin's comments on this under-recognized award.

The Rea Award for the Short Story
This award, established in 1986 at the bequest of a passionate reader and short story collector (the late Michael M. Rea), honors a living US or Canadian writer for significant contribution to the short story form over the course of a writing life. Recent winners have been Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro.

The Story Prize
A $20,000 prize for short fiction backed by a private donor that was established at the beginning of 2004. Larry Dark,
well known for serving as series editor of the annual Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards collections from 1997 to 2002, is director of the prize. The first-ever winner was Edwidge Danticat for The Dew Breaker, a book of nine interconnected stories.

"The Contester: The Long and Short of Story Awards"
A "News & Trends" story written by Kevin Larimer for Poets & Writers that takes a brief look at the state of awards for emerging short story writers in comparison to awards available to established writers.


This site is fast becoming the leading seller of short fiction in e-book form, offering unencrypted "MultiFormat" eBooks, which are available in up to 8 formats for PDAs and PCs and encrypted "Secure Mobipocket" eBooks. Although heavy on sci fi and fantasy, there are classic to be found, try: Kate Chopin, and Ernest Hemmingway.

Online Originals
New, original, never-before-published literary fiction from a site based in London.



For those who want one more reason to avoid writing at the moment, this should to do the trick.

From Short Stories East of the Web, here is a game that will keep you guessing, from either titles or words of classic short stories. Fun for all!


Knowledge is wealth.

"The American Short Story: A Selective Chronology"
Brought to you by James Plath, Professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University. A history of the short story in easy-to-read, bite-sized snippets.

"A Short History of the Short Story" (no longer available)
Julia Kamysz Lane's article for the March/April 2001 issue of Book Magazine.

"The Short-Story: Specimens Illustrating Its Development", known for ”unlimited access to great literature on the web, free of charge," offers this selection of 23 short stories that chart the evolution of the form, from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the twentieth century, complete with notes from Columbia professor Brander Matthews.

Wikipedia Short Story Entry
Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, offers a nice, concise resource page on the short story form.

"Writers Try Short Shorts!" (no longer available)
A history of the short short story by Ron Wallace for the May/Summer 2001 issue of The Writer's Chronicle.



Good agents and publishers are always watching; they're subscribed to the collectedstories mailing list, and you can bet they have an eye out for upcoming writers on the rest of the web and in print. However, if you want to spend a little money, you won't have to wait to get selected by a literary journal, just pay a fee and upload your story to one of these sites, specifically set up as markets to bring buyers to writers.

Claims to be the largest repository of unpublished work for sale on the Internet, probably due to the fact that the yearly membership fee of $24.95 allows posting of as many stories as you like without having to go through any editors or coverage. This results in a wide range of skill level to sift through. Readers may browse without registration, if you want to check it out. Note that RoseDog also has a book division that is "print-on-demand."



Anthologies Indexes: Stories, Listed by Author and Stories, Listed by Title
The who-what-when-where for short stories, these online indexes catalog it all. Useful resources, particularly for those
who want to know the author of a story published in a magazine or anthology that was read but recycled, yesterday or long ago. Willam G. Contento is responsible for all of this data, and he's also posted author bibliographies as found in the Edward J. O'Brien's The Best Short Stories, published between 1922-1940 and now out-of-print, as well as created a FictionMags Index, an ongoing work-in-progress created from fiction magazine contents listings, searchable by author, story title, magazine, or chronological order - from the original All-Story to the current Zoetrope, an impressive endeavor all around.

The New Pages Literary Magazine Stand

Chris Bazzett of New Pages, a not-to-be-missed portal for alternative print and media, reviews recent issues of lit mags. With many a prestigious journal selling at over 10 bucks a pop, Bazzett's info is as good as gold for the budget-minded.

"The Novel in Stories"
Written by Laura Morgan Green for "The Literary Life, Fiction 21c" section of the July/August 2001 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Peter Ho Davies' Top 10 Favorite Short Story Collections
Peter Ho Davies, author of two award winning short story collections (The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love) and recipient of the accolade "Best Young British Novelist" when he was named by Granta as one of 20 best British novelists under the age of 40, lists his favorite story collections for UK's Guardian. Among his favorites is James Joyce for "The Dead," which Davies considers "the greatest short story ever."

Save Our Short Story Campaign
The Arts Council England's campaign to "Save Our Short Story" is undertaking research and an online anthology in order to give the short story a higher profile. Author
Val McDermid edits the free online anthology, entitled "Endangered Species," that showcases two stories each month. The campaign focuses on British and European efforts in the form and posts research reports, prize and other announcements in addition to original stories.

Zen Stories
Compiled and managed by Professor John Suler from Rider University.


Inside Creative Writing
Pulitzer Prize winner
Robert Olen Butler conceived of this project in 2001, whereby, keystroke for keystroke, net surfers could watch the live creation of an original story; these webcasts are now archived and definitely worth a look.



Structure, discipline, support, how-to; here's a start.

Essentials of Micro-Fiction
Camille Renshaw, writing for Pif Magazine, explores what makes for a good short short story - under 400 words.

Gotham Writer's Workshop Fiction I - The Basics
Reasonably priced ongoing 10-week online course from a New York City creative writing school, presenting the fundamentals of story structure. Critiques and weekly writing exercises resulting in either two short stories or the beginning of a novel.

House Rules of the American Short Story
A guide by Matt Briggs for Pif Magazine: seven rules for producing an American short story masterpiece.

Literature: What Makes a Good Short Story
An Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting exhibit that uses the classic short story, "A Jury of Her Peers," by Susan Glaspell, to examine elements of story structure.

Short Story and Short Story
These sites appear to be one in the same, based on content - a free critique group of published and unpublished writers.

Short Story Tips by Alan Bissett, a pdf download
Alan Bissett's short story writing tips, "Some Short Thoughts on Some Short Thoughts," are a component of the BBC Talent workshops for the End of Story competition, a successful short story competition in the UK in which entrants submitted original endings to short stories begun by eight prominent authors.

Writer's Digest: Short Story Topic Area
Helpful hint articles on short story writing.



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Short Stories
on the Go

The e-book publishing revolution has competition. Travelman Publishing prints short stories designed like foldaway maps. Read the article from

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The Atlantic Monthly is a broad range magazine with criticism, fiction, and humor.

Glimmer Train is a short story magazine that has published authors such as Richard Bausch, Joyce Thompson, Thompson Nunez, and Joyce Carol Oates.

The New Yorker magazine, a reader's and writer's haven.

Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker

Zoetrope: All-Story
Zoetrope: All Story, the winner of the 2001 National Magazine Award for best fiction, presents a new generation of classic stories.

Zoetrope: All-Story 2
A sequel to the successful first anthology, this collection presents some of the best writing to have appeared in the magazine in the last two years

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