National Short Story Day
December 21st is the shortest day of the year – er, in the northern hemisphere anyway. And, in a fitting gesture, it has been dubbed National Short Story Day – do go and check out the central website.
We love short stories here at Year Zero, and on this site there are well over a hundred fantastic short stories to tickle anyone’s fancy. Browse at leisure.
This occasion, and several things in the blogosphere recently have made me wonder more and more: what is a short story? As opposed to flash fiction? As opposed to a novel? Or a novella?
I think I’m happy how the novella fits in – a distillation of a single idea, relentlessly pursued. But a short story? I’ve yet to read a definition that makes any sense at all. Is there one?
All I know is I love them. So, share your thoughts on what a short story is, tell us your favourites, and get involved with National Short Story Day.