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Innovative Online Lit Mags

Hungry for some fabulous new short fiction? You can find a wealth of carefully curated stories at these eight online literary magazines. Image courtesy of David Billingham.

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Analysis of 'A Beneficiary' by Nadine Gordimer

South African writer Nadine Gordimer's short story about a woman whose actress mother never stops pretending, even off stage.

Analysis of 'The First Sense' by Nadine Gordimer

Analysis of Nadine Gordimer's short story 'The First Sense.'

Where to Find Short Stories

A guide to finding short stories, whether you're looking for some free reading, trying to understand the classics, or anything in between.

Aesop's Funniest Fables

Aesop's funniest fables might not be his most famous, but when you read them you're sure to recognize people you know.

Analysis of 'Diamonds' by Colin Barrett

Analysis of Colin Barrett's story 'Diamonds' from his collection 'Young Skins.'

Three Children's Fables About Fitting In

Aesop's bat fables can get kids talking about what it means to fit in.

Sherman Alexie, Jimi Hendrix, and 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

Sherman Alexie's story offers a complicated look at American identity.

Analysis of 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson tells a tale of a barbaric tradition held in an idyllic American village.

The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

With a purse of 25,000 euros, the annual Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award is the most generous prize for the short story form.

Analysis of 'My Father's Tears' by John Updike

In John Updike's story 'My Father's Tears,' even those of us who are 'going somewhere' end up back where we started.

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