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.


‘Transients In Arcadia’ by O. Henry

O. Henry 1904

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‘The Furnished Room’ by O. Henry

O. Henry 1902

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‘The Skylight Room’ by O. Henry

O. Henry 1905a

The Skylight Room by O. Henry, 1906 Read the rest of this entry »


‘Separating’ by John Updike

Updike, John 1975c

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‘We Didn’t’ by Stuart Dybek

Dybek, Stuart 1993

We Didn’t by Stuart Dybek, 1993 Read the rest of this entry »


‘Ligeia’ by Edgar Allan Poe

Poe, Edgar Allan 1845

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‘Teller’s Ticket’ by Robert Flanagan

Flanagan, Robert 1986

Teller’s Ticket by Robert Flanagan, 1986 Read the rest of this entry »