The Short Story by Robert Saunders Dowst (1918)

The Short Story by Robert Saunders Dowst (1918)

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A story is a fiction with a plot, as distinguished from a tale, which is a string of incidents that happened to happen to the characters. In the story the events are linked together by the natures of the people concerned; personality influences event and event influences personality
OF HAWTHORNE AND THE SHORT STORY by Edgar Allen Poe

OF HAWTHORNE AND THE SHORT STORY by Edgar Allen Poe

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The reputation of the author of "Twice-Told Tales" has been confined, until very lately, to literary society; and I have not been wrong, perhaps, in citing him as the example, par excellence, in this country,
A Short Story

The Short Story

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The intro to the book is a classic (the book is too of course), and it is filled with insights into the contemporary authors of that time, Poe, Hawthorne, Stevenson, and the like.
Poem: Feathers in Motion by Brianna Ricotta

Poem: Feathers in Motion by Brianna Ricotta

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Anxiety creates a motion of feathers that creates a stifling flow in her body. And then a rush of air caught in her chest, and will not dissipate
Art by Richard De Wolfe

Art by Richard De Wolfe

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The Thousand Islands region of Ontario, Canada, was the perfect backdrop for a childhood filled with adventure for Richard De Wolfe, an artist who still identifies strongly with rural life.…
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

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The Gift of the Magi One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

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This poem was originally titled A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore. It is considered the quintessential poem about Christmas and Santa Claus.
Is There a Santa Claus 1897

Is There a Santa Claus 1897

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The following, reprinted from the editorial page of the New York Sun, was written by the late Mr. Frank P. Church: We take pleasure in answering at once and thus…
A Steadfast Tin Soldier

Story: The Steadfast Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen

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There were once five and twenty tin soldiers. They were brothers, for they had all been made out of the same old tin spoon. They all shouldered their bayonets, held themselves upright, and looked straight before
thanksgiving

Crosswords for Writers

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Horror Movie Crossword. You all know I'm already starting our Halloween push, so I came up with 15 or 16 films that are must watch this Holiday season. You need to do this crossword, find the right movies and then go watch them.
Interview with Andrei Codrescu

Interview with Andrei Codrescu

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Essayist, National Public Radio columnist, novelist, poet, screenwriter, and editor of Exquisite Corpse, Andrei Codrescu answered our questions about Exquisite Corpse and his recent book
Poem: The Last Folk Singer by David Lohrey

Poem: The Last Folk Singer by David Lohrey

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David Lohrey grew up in Memphis. He graduated from U.C., Berkeley. His plays have appeared in the UK, Switzerland, Croatia and, most recently, in Estonia. They are available online at Proplay (CA).
Walt Whitman on Thanksgiving

Walt Whitman on Thanksgiving

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A large family supper party, a night or two ago, with voices and laughter of the young, mellow faces of the old, and a by-and-by pause in the general joviality.
Story: Helping Me Up by Bruce Ransom

Story: Helping Me Up by Bruce Ransom

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“Are you going to be my new daddy?” she asked directly.“I don’t know,” he said, looking down at the flowery dress squirming beside him on the edge of the living room couch. “I like your mom, but to get married you have to really, really like each other.”
10 Writing Techniques to Break Writer’s Block

10 Writing Techniques to Break Writer’s Block

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Everyone, from time to time, has issues with inspiration. Everyone has issues with being able to get the creative ball rolling, or you find yourself looking at a blank page over and over, not being able to come up with the next line.
How long is a short story? A question for the ages.

How long is a short story? A question for the ages.

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The short story usually falls between 1,000 and 15,000 words. At around 15,000 words the novella is born. We are addressing the modern short story and not the ancient tale, fable, or sketch. There is no exact word length, and to
50 Word Horror Winners 2017

50 Word Horror Contest Winners from 2017!

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Good news, bad news and the 50 Word Contest Winners of 2017Bad newIf you follow the site, you may have noticed some changes lately
Top 10 Types of Poems, Forms or Formats

Top 10 Types of Poems, Forms or Formats

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Here is a list of what I feel are the Top 10 Types of Poems, Forms or Formats. I say forms or formats because we cross some lines of distinction here that are not always easy to explain. Basically these are types of poems where people use a certain form to create them, but some are forms in and of themselves. Anyway,  I wanted to come up with a short list of the most popular poetry types. This is a basic guide. If someone throws these at you, at least you will know what they are. I hope you will try each type, and if you do feel free to share them in the comments.
Being A Writer in Silicon Valley

Being A Writer in Silicon Valley

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When I first arrived in Silicon Valley two years ago, I had very few expectations for this place. My husband, a computer programmer, had dragged me here because “it is the epicenter of the world’s most cutting-edge technology and future-changing companies.”
Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

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Edgar Allan Poe quotes are simply something we cannot resist. Here is our large and GROWING page for all Poe quotes. A few years ago we republished one of Poe’s classic works on writing,
My Daughter’s Best Friend by Michelle Reynolds

My Daughter’s Best Friend by Michelle Reynolds

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“Here you go Missy.” Elizabeth hears her daughter say as she enters the kitchen. Brooklyn is sitting at the table, pouring milk into the empty glass in the seat beside her.
Story: The Message on Emily’s New Phone by Charles Lee

Story: The Message on Emily’s New Phone by Charles Lee

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Emily Bradley wanted a smart phone for her tenth birthday. Her mother and step-father had been reluctant to give her one because they felt it was a luxury for a child to have, but finally agreed to surprise her with one for her birthday.
Every Writer Halloween 50 Word Scary Story Contest!

Every Writer Halloween 50 Word Scary Story Contest!

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Happy Halloween! Yes, it's August 7, but we have to start now! Welcome to the Every Writer Halloween 50 Word Scary Story Contest. I know we just ended our other…