short story fest 2021

Happening Now (On May 15, 2021): Short Story Book Club’s biggest event of the year, specially created for YOU, dear readers. It’s Short Story Fest 2021, a day-long online festival of workshops, author chats, entertainment, and a few surprises. Please join us in celebrating National Short Story Month with this festival dedicated to the short story.

The full lineup of presenters can be found on the festival website at SHORTSTORYFEST.COM. Of course, we will share updates on Short Story Book Club, but for the latest and greatest, you’ll want to join us on the festival website, too.

Among the many events we have in the lineup, two highlights really mean a lot to us at the book club because they speak to our commitment to engage with readers and writers and foster an appreciation for the short story craft. First is the Short Story Book Club scholarship. At the festival, we will announce the winner of the 2021 award, which is granted to a high school senior who has demonstrated knowledge of literary appreciation for short stories through the writing of a short story review. The winner receives $250 to be paid toward a higher education program. The second event is the Short Story Book Club Writing Contest. We will announce the contest at the festival and dedicate a few moments to expounding on what we’re looking for in great short story submissions. The contest is an opportunity for writers to be acknowledged for their creativity. It is truly exciting to be able to read so many great short stories, but it’s also challenging to choose just one!

Short Story Fest has multiple workshops for budding and experienced writers. Each one is taught by instructors who have proven themselves to be excellent writers and experts in their own field. Hank Wallace, for example, is the expert on writing with journalistic flair. His workshop titled Write Like the News will help writers “strengthen their writing voice with lively, engaging news style.” Another workshop targets skills in romance writing. Attendees will learn from author Petula Caesar how to use creative language and storytelling devices to turn up the heat in short stories.

Of course, the festival introduces you to notable authors of the short story genre as well, including Kathy Anderson. She will chat with us about her short story collection Bull: And Other Stories, which won the 2015 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize and was a finalist for Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the Lambda Literary Awards, and Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award.

There’s a lot to enjoy at Short Story Fest, so be sure to look for a complete list of festival events at SHORTSTORYFEST.COM.

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