May Is Short Story Month

Someone, though I don’t know who, has declared May to be National Short Story Month.

In this age where everyone is trying to do as much with each day as is possible, we sometimes find it difficult to find time for novels, but may have a few minutes to read a short story. There are many wonderful anthologies of short stories that you can buy and a few anthologies of public domain short stories that you can download for free (or nearly free) through Kindle and Nook.

Since you have access to the internet you might want to see what the world wide web has to offer. Below are a few websites where you can find free stories – mostly fiction but with a few nonfiction works thrown in as well.

Each week a story (usually a short story) is delivered to my e-mail address compliments of the Library of America. They are samples from the many fine books published by the LOA. So far the LOA has sent out 275 stories and all of them are available at its website.

Many public domain short stories are available at the Project Gutenberg website.

A few short stories are also available from the Harvard Classics collection which can be found at the Bartleby website. (Bartleby, you will remember, is the title character in “Bartleby the Scrivener,” a famous short story by Herman Melville.) You will find short stories under headings such as “Stories from the Thousand and One Nights ,” “Household Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm,” and “Tales by Hans Christian Anderson” as well as short stories by Bret Harte, Edgar Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant, and Alphonse Daudet.

Librivox offers a collection of short stories that you can listen to.

And a website called Every Day Fiction will send flash fiction (short stories that are 1,000 words or less) to you in box every day.


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