In honor of my descent into madness, this week’s Friday Five is all about the short story.
- One of my favorite short stories: If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.
- Two great sites to read awesome short fiction
- Tor.com’s All Fiction– Tor publishes quality SFF short fiction (also novel excerpts and comics) on their highly regarded All Fiction website. Fabulous and Free!
- Project Gutenberg provides a huge library of classic short stories free to read, including Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick and others both genre and literary.
- Three books on writing short fiction from my book shelf:
- Four sites to visit if you’re interested in starting a 52 stories in 52 weeks challenge. Unlike Nanowrimo, there’s no central web site, but there are resources to help and inspire.
- The Ray Bradbury Short Story Challenge What it is and why you should do it.
- Ray Bradbury’s 52 Week Short Story Challenge Facebook Group
- The Bradbury Challenge New site for a challenge starting in August of 2015
- Write 1 Sub 1 Yearly challenge starts on January 1st. Resources for the subbing end of things.
- Five Short Story Tips from Huffington Post. Because sometimes you don’t have time to read a whole book.
Unlike Nanowrimo, there’s no official site for the 52 stories in 52 weeks writing challenge. There are plenty of options from facebook to tumblr to personal blogs, but the one I like best is . On the down side, it’s not run as an ongoing challenge you can jump in at anytime– they have an official start date of the first week in January. On the plus side, I like that they really focus on submitting. If the next six months go well, I’ll be hopping on board in January to finish up the challenge. I hate starting things in the middle. Seriously, we’re talking OCD levels here.
4. If you like reading short stories in the speculative fiction genre you should go here: