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“Second Son” by Lee Child Now Top 10 E-book

USA Today reported this week that the short story “Second Son” by Lee Child reached Number 8 on the paper’s Best Selling Books list. I posted on August 16 of the story’s release, noting that Child was the fifth author to sell one million e-books. While the Jack Reacher stories are outside of the literary […]

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Another short story to be published only electronically, this time Stephen King’s “Mile 81.” The Scribner’s press release describes it as the “chilling story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid whose worlds collide at an abandoned rest stop on the Maine Turnpike.” The Associated Press and USA Today reports that the e-book will […]


Best-selling author Karin Slaughter published “Thorn in My Side” exclusively on the Kindle today, and all proceeds will go to local libraries. The story appears on the Huffington Post and in a press release from Slaughter’s charity Save The Libraries.


The Paris Review reported yesterday that James Salter has won the 2010 Rea Award for his lifetime achievement in the advancement of the short story. Fresh from winning the journal’s own prestigious 2011 Hadada Prize, Salter had been honored by the declaration that April was “James Salter month.” Salter is a New York Times featured […]


In the news category, continuing evidence that electronic publishing will be good for readers of short fiction. Though not sold as literary fiction, “The Bathtub Spy” at $1.99 foreshadows a great future for the short story. The Amazon link is here, and news stories abound: Wall Street Journal, The Millions, TeleRead, Seeking Alpha, and Galley […]

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We reported on August 3 that BBC Radio 4 had decided to reduce the number of short stories broadcast weekly from three to one. On Friday, Britain’s Regional Film & Video reported that Equity, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and the Society of Authors have jointly written a letter to BBC Trust Lord Pattern […]


With more than 600 short stories to his credit, Ray Bradbury has earned our birthday wishes. His first published book was a 1947 collection of 27 short stories called Dark Carnival. In the early 1950s, adaptations of Bradbury’s stories were televised on a variety of anthology shows, including (according to Wikipedia), Tales of Tomorrow,¬†Lights Out,¬†Out […]


Voice of America‘s web site last week posted O. Henry’s short story “One Thousand Dollars” along with an mp3 recording to help English learners. Not only are they able to hear the words pronounced as they read them, they also may look up definitions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary by clicking on any word in the […]


E.J. Levy, an assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri, was named a winner of this year’s Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. Levy’s collection of ten short stories is entitled My Life in Theory, and will be published next year by the University of Georgia Press. The collection is linked by its engagement […]


Who knew? The Michigan Lawyer blog announced the winners yesterday of the Third Annual Short Story Contest, sponsored by the Michigan Bar Journal. Eli D. Greenbaum took first place with his story “Leo’s Dilemma,” the text of which is available for free on the site, as are eighteen other entries worthy of mention. Here’s an […]