International Short Story Day

Happy international short story day, everyone!

I am a big believer in the short story. In my early teens I truly believed that I would be a serious novelist one day. Now, at the ripe old age of twenty-one, I favour the (equally unrealistic) dream of writing endless collections of short stories, each as compelling and bizarre as the last. I studied a module called, quite simply, The Short Story in my second year of university (taught by the lovely Kath McKay) which cemented my love for the short story.

I’m currently working on a story loosely based on the story of The Halifax Slasher, which I’m rather excited about.

If you fancy buying yourself a short story collection, go here to find out which ones I think are great, and to buy one through my Amazon store if you feel the need. If you don’t want to pay to read a short story, then thankfully there is a wealth of them free online. Search ‘international short story day’ on Twitter for lots of links and other nice things.

Are you a fan of the short story? Do you write any of your own? What short story collection would you recommend?

(As usual, if you buy anything through my Amazon Associates account it might earn me a little bit of commission but will cost you the same.)

7 thoughts on “International Short Story Day

  1. I didn’t know there was a short story day–but there’s a day for everything else, so why not? I’m not a huge short story fan, but anything and everything by Annie Proulx is amazing–her Wyoming Stories collections are perfection. I don’t even care that that rhymed.

    • Haha, you’re a poet and you didn’t even know it! I’ve never read anything by her but it’s on my (gargantuan) ‘to read’ list now.

  2. One of my creative writing professors introduced me to the wonderful world of short stories and novellas back when I was in school. He always said that you could (usually) tell if a fledgling writer was actually serious about their field if they preferred short stories over novels (because, admit it, every person who *thinks* they can write is “working on their novel”). I think it’s true, though, since it actually takes more critical editing to make a short story as effective as a novel. Three cheers for International Short Story Day!

    • My tutor liked to press the point that writing a short story is, in many ways, harder than writing a novel because there’s no room for dead weight. I’ve read plenty of novels that have been great overall but had a few iffy chapters, but if a short story has a few bad pages, the whole thing’s pretty much ruined.

  3. Sounds like a brilliant module, I’d love to do something like that. When I was younger I had no interest in short stories but as I’ve gotten older I’ve grown to love them! I quite like Ian McEwan’s short stories but I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. I would absolutely LOVE to write a series of short stories, I particularly enjoy dreaming up monologues, Alan Bennett style…

    Would love to read whatever you write by the way! When I actually start my job and have some money I just might have a look at the short story collections in your Amazon store.

    • I don’t think I’ve read any of McEwan’s short stories but I do enjoy his novels so I might have to hunt some down.

      Some of the competitions I’m entering have pretty strict rules about sharing what you’ve submitted – I think putting them on my blog might technically count as publishing/broadcasting so I’ll keep them under my belt until a later date, at which point I will of course share them on here if people want to read them :) What job are you starting? Is it just a summer job?

  4. Pingback: A possibility to publish your short story | Zara ~ a writing story

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