It’s the shortest day of the year today, and that means it’s also National Short Story Day.
Take some time out from the pre-Christmas chaos for a small moment of literary calm – a chance to enjoy and contemplate the quiet wonder of the short story.
There’s a special website dedicated to this annual event which holds an archive of free short story content to read and listen to, with over 200 recommendations for great short stories (old and new) you may not have read before.
We’re also having some fun on Twitter on the #NationalShortStoryDay tag. Tweet us your favourite short story today to be in with a chance to win a copy of our collection,’Morphologies‘, a book of essays celebrating the short form. We’ve had some great tweets so far, go to @commapress to read some recommendations.
Morphologies includes the following essays:
SARA MAITLAND on NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE
SEAN O’BRIEN on EDGAR ALLAN POE
JANE ROGERS on FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
BRIAN ALDISS on THOMAS HARDY
MARTIN EDWARDS on ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
FRANK COTTRELL BOYCE on ANTON CHEKHOV
ADAM ROBERTS on RUDYARD KIPLING
STEPHEN BAXTER on H.G. WELLS
STUART EVERS on SHERWOOD ANDERSON
ALI SMITH on JAMES JOYCE
TOBY LITT on FRANZ KAFKA
DAVID CONSTANTINE on D.H. LAWRENCE
ALISON MACLEOD on KATHERINE MANSFIELD
RAMSEY CAMPBELL on H.P. LOVECRAFT
SIMON VAN BOOY on F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
As many of you will know, Comma Press is a not-for-profit publishing initiative dedicated to developing new writing, with an emphasis on short narrative forms. This year has been a great year for publishing short stories. Here’s just some of the short story titles we have published this year:
The BBC National Short Story Award 2016
This year’s fantastic panel of judges, chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Jenni Murray features Booker prize winner Pat Barker, writer Kei Miller, Literature & Spoken Word Programmer at the Southbank Centre Ted Hodgkinson and Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio. Comma were present at the ceremony when KJ Orr was crowned the winner from these shortlist of 5 female authors.
‘KJ Orr’s precision and clarity, her ability to expose a life in a line and to induce sympathy and disdain, linger long after reading the final paragraph.’ – Di Speirs, books editor at BBC Radio 4 and longstanding judge of the award.
Available in hard copy and eBook from our website.
The Book of Dhaka (ed. Arunava Sinha & Pushpita Alam)
In 2016 we published a number of translated short stories in our Reading the City anthologies (Dhaka and Khartoum) but also other translated collections including Swallow Summer (German), Iraq + 100 (Arabic) and timely collections which reveal hidden stories, like Refugee Tales, anonymous accounts narrated by established writers.
We loved working on The Book of Dhaka, and meeting some of the contributors when they visited the UK for a book tour. The stories in this collection are both vibrant and dark, telling tales of a chaotic city that holds a special place in the writers’ hearts.
Comma Short Story course eBooks
Over the course of 2016, we hosted short story courses in London, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham. The Liverpool and Sheffield courses both produced eBooks which feature some great new short story writers from these Northern cities, with varied and well-written stories, you can get them for Kindle for just 99p, links below:
Threads – Short Stories by New Liverpool Writers
How Do You Sleep? – Short Stories by New Sheffield Writers
*Coming soon!* William Faulkner’s Typewriter – Short Stories by New Manchester Writer
More short story courses begin in January and February in a number of cities, you can find more information HERE if you want to buy a place for yourself or a loved one to learn short story writing from some of the best contemporary short story writers in the country.
Want to know even more about short stories?
The Morphologies Masterclass videos are all on our Youtube channel, featuring talks by Jane Rogers, Sean O’Brien, David Constantine, Stuart Evers and many more. Watch them HERE.