Columbia College Chicago

May 23, 2014

Short Story Month

May is National Short Story Month!

Nishant Choksi

The short story is often overlooked in favor of the novel. As Steven Millhauser says in his New York Times essay:

"The short story — how modest in bearing! How unassuming in manner! It sits there quietly, eyes lowered, almost as if trying not to be noticed. And if it should somehow attract your attention, it says quickly, in a brave little self-deprecating voice alive to all the possibilities of disappointment: 'I’m not a novel, you know. Not even a short one. If that’s what you’re looking for, you don’t want me.'" 

Oh, but we do want you!

As people consume more and more media on iPhones and other small screens, it seems that the short story is poised for a renaissance. And in a time crunched world, short fiction provides the pleasure of a novel without the commitment.

So check out some of the short story collections we have in the library:
Follow CCC's board Short Stories on Pinterest.

And try these online resources too!

Celebrating National Short Story Month

Short Stories to Savor


But for now, we'll leave you with this famous little story which has inspired the six word story movement:

"For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn." - Ernest Hemingway

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