As a writer of shorter fiction I obviously hope that readers will want to buy and read short stories. I’m currently reading Elizabeth’s Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, which you will see described as a novel but is actually made up of short stories. All feature the character Olive Kitteridge, but each can stand alone. I wonder if the book would have been so successful if it had been promoted as a collection of short stories rather than a novel!
Anyway, I look forward to reading new short stories in 2018. The longlist for the Galley Beggar short story prize has just been announced, and all are available to read here.
I also greatly look forward to the posthumous publication in June of a new book of short stories by Helen Dunmore:
The Christmas season is nearly over, but before you let it go enjoy Helen Dunmore’s story A House by the Sea, published by The Independent in 2008.