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I noticed an interesting flap on Galleycat about the "health of the short story." First there was a video by Story Prize judge Larry Dark where he describes the short story as a vibrant art form and says great stories are being written evener year. Apparently this sparked bitter e-mail responses that the market is moribund and no one can make a living as a short story writer anymore. Today's post points out a number of excellent short story writers who are selling stories, saying in effect, the short story is alive and well, although it also says it isn't just money that makes a writer "successful."

As someone who rarely reads short fiction (almost never mainstream short fiction) I don't feel qualified to state whether the short story has a pulse or not. My comment is that what makes stories "live" is not that writers can sell them but that people read them.


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(Anonymous)
Mar. 6th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
dead and buried
methinks this (http://literaryrejectionsondisplay.blogspot.com/2008/02/has-short-fiction-gone-way-of-old.html) is so. galleycat's examples are actually all full-time teachers (http://courtthejesters.blogspot.com/2008/02/heres-new-voice-in-fiction-your-fiction.html)!

when i read the manifesto that started the flap (http://literaryrejectionsondisplay.blogspot.com/2008/02/one-rejected-writers-manifesto-listen.html), i realized that i too don't buy anything for the short stories. and then figured out it's cuz there aren't any such things out there.

liz
(Anonymous)
Mar. 6th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
one more
lest i forget, there's also this (http://bygonebureau.com/2008/02/27/the-disappearing-short-story/).

but i know i read another article that seemeed to just come out and was specifically about spec fic. if i find it again i'll let you know.

just google "death of fiction" or "death of the short story" i suppose.

liz
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