May Is National Short Story Month

2012 Short Story Month
logo design: Steven Seighman


National Short Story Month makes us want to crack open a bottle of champagne and guzzle the bubbly for thirty-one straight days.

The brainchild of Dan Wickett at the Emerging Writer’s Network, National Short Story Month is the first-cousin to April’s National Poetry Month: a month-long celebration of the short story, from craft to favorite stories to the writers who labor over the novel’s next-of-kin.

Atticus Books is celebrating the short story during May with a sale on our story collections. We’ll also share some of our favorite stories and story writers, past and present. As part of our Six Degrees Left series, we’ve asked short story writers to share their thoughts on the love/hate relationship many writers and readers have with the form. Finally, we’ll look at flash fiction, a sometimes controversial companion to the short story.

What are your plans for National Short Story Month? How are you celebrating (or not celebrating)? Who are your favorite short story writers? What are some of your favorite stories? We’d love to read your comments and suggestions, and we invite you to share your thoughts below.

Happy reading!



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