May is National Short Story Month

I know I’m late posting this… It’s been pending for too many days…

If there’s a National Poetry Month and a National Novel Writing Month, there’s sure to be a National Short Story Month, right?

The lusty month of May is National Short Story Month, celebrated by reading, writing, and appreciating the short form.

Before college, I probably would have said I didn’t like short stories. Even though I was writing them since the 6th grade, I didn’t like reading them. I preferred novellas or novels.

My second semester freshman year of college, I took a course required for all majoring in English, nicknamed “Intro to being an English Majors.” We explored short stories, drama, poetry, and novels. For short stories, we read Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where are you Going, Where have you Been?” I fell in love. Joyce Carol Oates opened my eyes to the short story and I couldn’t help but read more and more.

From that point on, I didn’t groan when I was assigned to read anymore short stories (because let’s face it, shorts stories were over half of what I read for my English classes and everything I read for my Creative Writing classes).

If you’re looking for a collection of short stories, but don’t want to commit to one author (even though I’d highly recommend Joyce Carol Oates, hands down. She’s an amazing writer.), I recommend picking up 40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology. It includes works from Nathaniel Hawthorne, Franz Kafka and Edgar Allan Poe to Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Willa Cather, and James Joyce to Margaret Atwood, John Updike, and Sherman Alexie. It really does include a wide range of writers of both past and present.

I hope that everyone celebrated last month by picking up a collection or even writing themselves.

And remember: you don’t have to wait until May to show your appreciation!

Happy reading!

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