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Best American Short Stories

The Power of a First Sentence

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.16.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I'm often struck by the opening sentence of a novel or short story. It can draw me in and set expectations for what's to come. This isn't always true, of course, but a story's first line is the author's opening salvo.

What Makes A Good Short Story

Heidi Pitlor | Posted 12.07.2013 | Books
Heidi Pitlor

Here are some things I wish I saw more frequently: humor, genre-bending, humor, risk-taking, a more direct addressing of real world matters, humor.

National Short Story Month: Favorite Short Stories Of The Past Year | Posted 07.20.2011 | Books

May is National Short Story Month, so we’re celebrating the tail end of it by honoring some short stories of the past year that are deserving of you...

'Magic Words' By Jill McCorkle: Narrative Magazine's Friday Feature

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Narrative Magazine: A title like "Magic Words" promises a lot, and this story delivers when a middle-aged wife and mother on her way to a tryst is way...