If you’re looking for a place where you’ll find like-minded people who are fanatic about short stories, then you’re in the right place.
Our aim is to create a community of readers where they can connect with other fans, authors, and publishers to foster an ongoing relationship with reading short stories that lasts a lifetime.
Believe it or not, short stories are wildly popular. We read short stories all the time when we are young before we transitioning to books. As adults, we begin reading long-form content because it’s the form most readily available. Walk into any book store or library and you’ll see what we mean. Yet, there’s no reason why short stories can’t continue to be part of an active reading life.
Short Story Book Club helps facilitate the ongoing enjoyment and appreciation of short stories, whether fiction or nonfiction, for children and adults.
On this blog, you’ll find tools for helping you add more short stories to your reading repertoire.
WHAT ARE SHORT STORIES?
There are many definitions of what makes a short story. Short Story Book Club takes a broad view. For us, short stories are creative works of any length short than a novel. Most novels average 60,000 words or more. Therefore, we define short stories as anything less than that.
Within that definition, there’s a broad range of options. It includes both “short short stories” with word counts under 5,000 words and “long short stories,” with word counts between 5,000 and 10,000 words. It also includes novellas, which are generally longer than a long short story and shorter than a novel.
We include both fiction and literary nonfiction. To be considered a story, there must be a narrative structure. So publications like how-to guides and dictionaries would not be included in our definition of short stories even if they were under 60,000 words. On the other hand, memoirs, biographies, and some nonfiction essays and news articles may fit our definition depending on how the author retells the story.
Finally, we also give nods to collections, anthologies, journals, and the like. Publications comprising a collection of stories by the same or different authors are not short stories but they do receive our consideration when we think about reviewing works for Short Story Book Club.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET STARTED WITH SHORT STORIES?
There’s no one way to enjoy short stories, just as there’s no one way to enjoy a good book. However, we do think there are few ways to help you transition into adding more short stories to reading life.
Short Story Book Club
Of course, we first recommend that you join Short Story Book Club. All you have to do is sign up for the e-newsletter, and you’re in.
The weekly e-mail newsletter will introduce you to new short stories to try every week. Simply choose one that piques interest to get started.
The newsletter also connects you to the Short Story Book Club podcast, where you can hear the featured review for the episode and information about other ways you can enjoy a good short story, like movies and television series based on books, literary events, and interviews with short story authors.
Community Book Clubs
Connecting with book clubs in your own community can also be a great way to add short stories to your reading repertoire. While many book clubs focus on books, you can recommend that a short story be added every couple of months. You can also start your own club and focus exclusively on reading short stories.
To receive a copy of our free guide with tips to help you start your own book club, sign up for the Short Story Book Club newsletter. An announcement will go out to subscribers when the publication is released.
Numerous journals publish short stories online for free or at nominal cost. If you’re on the fence about joining a club, subscribing to a literary journal might be the next best option. You can read these journals online or have them delivered to your home.
If you have questions about short stories or how to add more short stories to your reading routine, please contact us. Our mission is to get more people reading and enjoying short stories, so we’re very eager to help. Just click the Contact Us link in the navigation bar below.