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Short Stories

Learning to Write About New York

Terence Clarke | Posted 11.30.2013 | New York
Terence Clarke

I lived in Manhattan for two years, during the late 1990s, and felt, the whole time, that I was little more than a tourist. I was aware of John Updike's remark that "the true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding."

Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.24.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

A glittering success as a writer when he was just 24, Fitzgerald died 20 years later still a young man, with most of his works unread by the public in 1940, and his status as one of the finest, and most popular, American writers yet to be established.

The Casual Versatility of Some Hardworking Writers

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

And literature's MVP (Most Versatile Producer) is... Actually, I'm not sure. But any author who can write very different types of novels deserves an award.

Skiing the Cirque

Joseph Olshan | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Joseph Olshan

Unlike some of my contemporaries who can research an era hundreds of years ago and miraculously and imaginatively inject themselves into lost time, I feel creatively confined to the perimeters of my own life.

Unlike Rowling, They Were Denied Literary Fame

Dave Astor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

J.K. Rowling tried to go under the radar by using a pen name for The Cuckoo's Calling, but many other great authors spent all or part of their careers involuntarily missing out on the literary cachet and cash they deserved.

Lilly in the Valley

Kalia N. Baker | Posted 09.07.2013 | Black Voices
Kalia N. Baker

Lilly stood in the middle of the room, biting her bottom lip to control the quivering. Traveling through her petite and trimmed frame was an unprecedented and undisclosed amount of nerves, crippling her.

Super-Short Travel Disaster Stories

Travel + Leisure | Posted 06.26.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

As much as we celebrate the joys of travel, we know it's not all fun and games when you're on the road. Disaster can strike in ways large and small.

Dreaming of Weekends in a Land Without Time

Paul Ratner | Posted 08.21.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

All he wanted was the weekend. But as he lived in a Land Without Time -- the weekend would never come! And so he spent all his days working on the Dinosaur.

Memoir of Survival

Mike Feder | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
Mike Feder

I've been on the air -- at various stations (WBAI, WEVD, PRN.FM and currently at Sirius XM Radio) -- for almost thirty-five years. And I've lived thro...

The Resurgence of the Short Story: The Smallest of Entryways and Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 06.17.2013 | Books
K.J. Wetherholt

With the recent prevalence of Kindle, Nook, and other digital reading devices, short fiction has started to return as an acceptable, and salable form, in fact bringing back the form with a power and a popular respectability it has not had for some time.

The Best Actress in the World

Paul Ratner | Posted 08.13.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

She was the best actress in the world -- the star of the silver screen -- the sun of the golden stage. She was so exact, so convincing in disappearing into her characters that the imaginary world she created became more precise and real than the real world she lived in.

The Shocking Saga of an Imprisoned Idea

Paul Ratner | Posted 08.06.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects An i...

The Fear of Knowing Everything

Paul Ratner | Posted 07.30.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

He had a fear of knowing everything. Some day it was bound to happen. All the questions would get their answers. All that is unpredictable would fit into narrow and well-defined boundaries.

The Meaning of Life

Paul Ratner | Posted 07.21.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

It wasn't something he expected to happen on such a dreary drizzly day, but he did, in fact, come to understand the meaning of life. And it wasn't one of those drunken enlightenments. No, this was the real thing.

Communication Is Dead and I'm Afraid of the Robots

Pari Mathur | Posted 07.06.2013 | Technology
Pari Mathur

Human conversations are now turning into people talking to their phones in short surges and sparks. Maybe it's just me? Maybe I am a dinosaur on the verge of extinction?

Celebrating National Short Story Month

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.04.2013 | Books
Doug Bradley

We all remember our first time. Mine was in 10th grade AP English in 1963. I was almost about to swear off reading and AP English when I stumbled upon a particular short story, maybe one of the shorter stories ever written, that grabbed me and wouldn't let go.

14th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival Starts Today

Posted 05.23.2013 | Fifty

Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Diane Ferlatte, Michael Reno, Harrell, Bill Lemp, John McCutcheon and Motoko of Japan are just a few of the acclaimed stor...

Is This the Year of the Short Story?

Scott Porch | Posted 06.29.2013 | Books
Scott Porch

With several other short story collections inching toward publication this summer and fall, short stories are looking to make a big comeback this year.

Seeking Post50 Fiction Judges

Posted 04.25.2013 | Fifty

This week we launched a new Featured Fifty Fiction initiative aimed at discovering the hidden writing talent among our audience. The result? An avalan...

Featured 50 Fiction: Acts Of Kindness

Tracy Dunbrook | Posted 06.25.2013 | Fifty
Tracy Dunbrook

This week, Huff/Post50 announced a new initiative to showcase original fiction. Our editor at large, Rita Wilson, issued a call for submissions of 5,0...

Calling All Post50 Fiction Writers

Rita Wilson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Fifty

Calling all fiction writers 50 and older! Huff/Post50 is seeking short-story submissions from our readers. We believe storytelling is a powerful art form and tool for self-expression, and we have a feeling there’s a lot of hidden writing talent among our audience just waiting to be discovered.

The Itsy-Bitsy Book Club 2013

Anna Leahy | Posted 06.04.2013 | Books
Anna Leahy

We've not chosen books from best-seller lists. Such books may be quirky, sometimes challenging, often beautifully printed. This year, we turned to Correction of Drift by Pamela Ryder.

Is Most Contemporary Literary Fiction Really Terrible?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

I hear this complaint a lot, and it's just been repeated on Salon.com. Is it true?

Sam Lipsyte, Author of The Fun Parts, on Rejection, Depression and (Eventual) Vindication

Brad Listi | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Brad Listi

In this segment, Sam Lipsyte talks about his early struggles, the deep disappointment he felt when his novel Home Land was rejected--and how it eventually went on to be published to great acclaim.

Review: Yoko Ogawa's Revenge

Rhoda Feng | Posted 05.07.2013 | Books
Rhoda Feng

Reading Yoko Ogawa is akin to watching a film by David Lynch; the experience is an admixture of vertiginous revelation and dark defamiliarization.