The Comma Splice: A Popular Short Story Blunder

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At Electric Literature, Kelly Luce reflects on the patterns she noticed after reading for The O. Henry Prize Stories anthology. Her observations range from recent literary magazine innovations to her frustrations with the “inordinate number” of comma splices in first sentences.


Jake Slovis earned his MFA in Writing from Rutgers University, where he now teaches English Composition. He is a second-generation Argentine American and has spent significant time living and writing in Buenos Aires. He currently resides in Brooklyn. More from this author →