Saturday, August 27, 2005

Celebrating the Short Story

A new website dedicated to celebrating the short story has recently been launched in the UK. It’s an extension of the Save Our Short Story campaign which “aims to increase the profile, prestige and presence of the short story in our culture.” The site contains much of interest to readers and writers of short stories including news of publications, events, and contests, as well as musings on the short story form from an array of perspectives. The site makes available some fabulous free downloads including short stories by Katherine Mansfield, Jackie Kay, and Ian Rankin, and also Raymond Carver’s classic essay “Principles of a Story” (previously published as “On Writing” in his collection Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories and soon to appear in the September issue of Prospect magazine). I highly recommend a visit to the Story site.

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