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Short Story Month

May was declared National Short Story Month in the US by Dan Wickett of the Emerging Writers Network a few years ago, and, wonderfully, others have followed his lead. Doesn’t … Continue reading

May 21, 2010 · Leave a comment

The Sept issue is here

This month’s Short Review is up. What’s in it, you ask?? We bring you false relations, damaged goods, repetition patterns, quick repair, stories like donut holes, stories named for rivers, … Continue reading

September 4, 2009 · 1 Comment

Frank O’Connor Longlist 2009

Hot on the heels of last week’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize shortlist comes the list of short story collections longlisted for the 2009 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award … Continue reading

May 13, 2009 · 13 Comments

A little love from Canongate

I am delighted that independent publishing house Canongate have chosen The Short Review as their Site of the Week on their new “Meet At the Gate” forum and “cultural hub”! … Continue reading

December 10, 2008 · 2 Comments

Criticism’s vocabulary of cruelty

Thanks to Short Reviewer Mark for drawing my attention to this fascinating article by Molly Flatt on The Guardian’s Book’s Blog. Entitled “Criticism’s Vocabulary of Cruelty”, her premise is that … Continue reading

May 19, 2008 · 4 Comments

A Better Way of Buying Books

Following on from a previous post about how we’re not in the new-book-selling business at The Short Review, here’s the ideal solution: Better World Books. We love literacy programs like … Continue reading

April 8, 2008 · 1 Comment

"Lumbering" stories

This is from a review in this month’s BookSlut of Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s most recent collection: In early 21st century short fiction, originality is rare. The lumbering “short stories” … Continue reading

April 7, 2008 · Leave a comment

Addictions, balance and borrowing

Several people have used the word “addicted” to describe their feelings towards The Short Review. Short story collections – the new heroin? Will this necessitate government action, a Tsar to … Continue reading

April 3, 2008 · Leave a comment

Short story collections are like "a big box of chocolates"

When you’ve won yourself a prize like the Booker Prize, as Anne Enright (whose first published book was a short story collection) did with her novel, The Gathering, then you’re … Continue reading

March 11, 2008 · 4 Comments