This Week in Short Fiction


May is Short Story Month! In honor of StoryADay’s second annual celebration, Flavorwire writers offered their recommendations of five stories worth a read, from Calvino to O’Connor.

On Monday, Gawker held a live-chat interview with Rivka Galchen about her new short story collection, American Innovations. All 10 of the stories in the collection are told in the first person by female narrators who appeared as characters in classic stories by writers such as James Thurber, Nikolai Gogol, or Haruki Murakami. The New York Times and New Republic offered favorable reviews of Galchen’s experiment.

One book is hoping to make the world(s) of speculative fiction a lot more interesting. BookRiot covered the Brooklyn book launch of Rose Fox and Daniel Jose Older’s Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. The Kickstarter-funded anthology features 27 stories and pieces of art from writers and artists of all “colors, creeds, genders, and identities.”

In the spring of 1933, Eudora Welty was 23 and “six weeks on the loose in New York.” She wrote a letter to the New Yorker asking for a job, which she didn’t get. Fortunately, for us though, they also didn’t throw it away, and this week Farnam Street posted the epistolary gem.

Jill Schepmann's stories have been read on NPR and have appeared in Parcel and Midwestern Gothic, among others. She worked as a fiction and nonfiction editor at Nashville Review while getting her MFA at Vanderbilt. She lives in San Francisco and tweets @jillypants. More from this author →