Mad March and Short Stories

The secret’s out, the plans are drawn , the long-haul steps up to the headline for the SFC anthology are under way! It’s been interesting, difficult, frustrating and time-consuming – but the final countdown begins. Most anthologies have one person who runs the show, chooses this and that and how and why and when . . . we chose democratic discussion, no set story length, no compulsion. Let the Short story tell the story. The anthology is not literary, it is story: a person struggling to resolve a problem. Now, person is a malleable concept, and problem is a bit squishy, too, but listen to the story – feel the pain of conflict, the joy of resolution, the tears and fears of journey.

Soon, it will be out soon (soon is a concept that to a writer means something different than the concept of a child, or an ordinary person, or an orc). Soon (2016) – watch the publication page.

What is a short story; how is it defined? Who makes those rules? And why do we have to take notice of these elements? Because the reader has expectations of what it is, how it’s done, who it’s for, and what they want. The story/ies must indicate in the first few words enough information (not a dump) to show the reader what genre they’re in, the type of story that follows, and their words need to entice them further down the track by the use of something that interests them, intrigues them, pulls them ever onward until ‘the end’ – that’s a story; that’s all stories – that’s our stories.


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