Posted by: kimberlysullivan | November 14, 2014

Happy National Short Story Week 2014!


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  1. I love sharing enthusiasm for short stories. I do think they are enjoying a great moment currently in the UK, with many literary salons springing up and more and more competitions all the time. Publishers still prefer a novel ‘with a hook’ but I think there are perhaps more chances to bring out collections than ten years ago, but competition is strong. There are so many good writers out there.

    I really love the form though and I’m not giving up!

  2. I love sharing enthusiasm for short stories. I do think they are enjoying a great moment currently in the UK, with many literary salons springing up and more and more competitions all the time. Publishers still prefer a novel ‘with a hook’ but I think there are perhaps more chances to bring out collections than ten years ago, but competition is strong. There are so many good writers out there.

    I really love the form though and I’m not giving up!

    • I’m so glad to hear you remain committed to the short story… I look forward to announcing your next collection on my blog. Agree that there are many opportunities for short story writers today. Love reading and writing them. Hope you’ll enjoy celebrating!

  3. I absolutely love short stories. Here, in the USA, it’s very hard to get a collection of short stories published unless you are already a published author. There is something unique that I love with short stories and can’t find in a novel (I love novels too!) and I think it’s the fact that a writer offers us in a few pages a full fleshed story. Harder than most people think!
    You are right that the digital age has increased the chance for writers of short stories to get their work out.

    • Agree with you, Evelyne, that its hard for non-established authors without a novel under their belts to publish a collection of short stories in the US… but at least there are other outlets in which to publish. The short story market is practically dead in Italy. Such a shame, since they have such a great tradition – Calvino, Buzzati, Moravia. Was just watching an Italian classic last night – “Ieri, Oggi e Domani”, with Marcello Mastraioni and Sofia Loren, three short stories set in Naples, Milan, and Rome (one from Moravia). What’s the short story market like today in France?


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