New Short Story Magic Tricks Monthly Newsletter

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We’re excited to announce the launch of the new Short Story Magic Tricks Monthly Newsletter. Subscribe today with your favorite email address and you’ll get a world of short story news, contests, best-of lists, polls, and magic tricks in your inbox at the start of every month.

The idea is this: the internet is full of information about writers and fiction and novels and poetry. And that’s great. But what if you’re like me and only care about short stories? It’s not so easy then.

So we’re reinventing Short Story Magic Tricks as a catch-all for the short story lover. The Newsletter will be kind of the monthly Greatest Hits of that reinvention.

So, again, please subscribe today! Much, much appreciated. And keep an eye on the website over the coming weeks. There will still be 3-5 short stories a week with their accompanying magic tricks. That remains the essence of the site. But there will be news and contest deadlines and other goodies thrown in the mix as well.

Comment as always. Follow our increasingly active Twitter feed @ShortStoryMT. And in the words of Spinal Tap, I hope you enjoy our new direction.


‘Ben’ by Kay Boyle

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Top Five Non-Christmas Christmas Stories

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The Top Five Non-Christmas Christmas Stories Read the rest of this entry »


‘Christmas; Or, The Good Fairy’ by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Christmas; Or, The Good Fairy by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1850 Read the rest of this entry »


‘The Poor Relation’s Story’ by Charles Dickens

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The Poor Relation’s Story by Charles Dickens, 1852 Read the rest of this entry »


November 2016 favorites

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November 2016

The November stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Tree Line, Kansas, 1934’ by David Means
  2. ‘The Gift’ by John Steinbeck
  3. ‘Dance Of The Happy Shades’ by Alice Munro
  4. ‘Gloomy Tune’ by Grace Paley
  5. ‘Mastiff’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  6. ‘The Contest’ by Grace Paley
  7. ‘At The Bay’ by Katherine Mansfield
  8. ‘War Dances’ by Sherman Alexie
  9. ‘The Shining Houses’ by Alice Munro
  10. ‘An Honest Woman’ by Ottessa Moshfegh
  11. ‘Night Women’ by Edwidge Danticat
  12. ‘A Presidential Candidate’ by Mark Twain
  13. ‘Wants’ by Grace Paley
  14. ‘Love’ by Grace Paley
  15. ‘Debts’ by Grace Paley

‘Dance Of The Happy Shades’ by Alice Munro

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‘The Shining Houses’ by Alice Munro

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The Shining Houses by Alice Munro, 1968 Read the rest of this entry »