Friday Find: May is Short Story Month

I wrote a blog post a short time ago stating that I usually am one of the last people to find out about writing-related festivities.

Not this time.

Thanks to the former organizer of my writing group, Brendan McKennedy, I found out about Short Story month on the day it began. Woot!

From the shortstory.com website on the first Short Story Month in 2013:

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.

This event is sponsored by StoryADay.org, a writing challenge where participants strive to write one short story each day in May.

 

Write one short story a day?  Oooh... maybe next year.
Write one short story a day?
Oooh… maybe next year.

 

That won’t work for my current schedule, but at least I can share the info.

What I can do this month, is share links to some of my favorite short stories.  I hope to find many of them online for free, but a few may not be available in that format. They’d be worth the price to read, though. (In my most humble opinion.)

The first I’d like to share is: “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell.

Most Dangerous Game

My understanding is that it’s been adapted for television and at least three movies. (One with Ice Cube, I believe.) The original story is one of my favorites. http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/danger.html

If you have time, check out shortstorymonth.com and StoryADay.org. Share your favorites tales using #ShortReads. I’d love to check them out.

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10 thoughts on “Friday Find: May is Short Story Month

  1. Thanks for sharing, Eden! I almost never know what writing festivities go on each month because it never occurs to me to look it up. I’m definitely going to enjoy this month.

    I also love The Most Dangerous Game. Another famous short story that comes to mind for me almost immediately is The Lady Or The Tiger. And one of my favorite short story writers is Richard Matheson.

    I would say that we’re probably already in the second golden age of the short story (addressing the quote you shared from shortstory.com) considering Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature last year.

    1. I think you’re right about the second Golden Age of the Short Story, Nicole. I should have noted that the quote was from the first Short Story Month last year. (Maybe I’ll go update that now…)

      “The Lady or The Tiger” is a great one, too, especially since I like to be left with the ability to draw my own conclusions. I love Ray Bradbury for shorts as well.

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