Short Story Month

Posted By admin - 1st May 2011

May is Short Story Month and, once again, the Emerging Writers Network is leading the way. They will be posting daily short story entries, weekly short story collection reviews, lit journal excepts, and guest posts from a bunch of really great contributors. A bunch of other sites are joining in the fun, too. The list as of this post (It’s growing all the time) consists of these sites: Jen and the Pen, Matt Bell’s Blog, Fiction Writers Review, Vouched, Necessary Fiction, Perpetual Folly, and The Shakespearean Blog.

And here at Monkeybicycle we’d like to do our part, too. What we’re going to do is have our staff list some great short stories that they’ve come across in the comments of this post. We also really, really encourage you to do the same. Are readers are greater in number than we are, so you’d surely know of a lot of places to look than we do. So tip us off below!

Additionally, because it’s Short Story Month and that’s just about all we do here at Monkeybicycle, we’re also offering all of our print issues up for the discounted price of $10 with free shipping from now until the end of the month. To take advantage of that great deal and to introduce yourself to some really wonderful short stories for Short Story Month, just visit our store. And please, enjoy this great month of writing in the short form!


  • WATCH & LISTEN: Parker Posey Reads Jason Napoli Brooks’ “Women…

    Last week, director/actor/writer John Cameron Mitchell brought his Mattachine dance party to the Julius Bar in the West Village here in New York, and there was a special treat for literary fans. Actress Parker Posey performed “Women at the End of the World, Act I,” a fantastic monologue written by friend of Monkeybicycle and co-curator of one of our favorite reading series around NYC, The Enclave, Jason Napoli Brooks. If you weren’t lucky enough to attend, now the entire reading is now on YouTube, followed by a short interview with Jason. Check it out below!


  • AWP 2013 Dispatch: I Miss You Already

    When we woke up this morning, it was already over. In line for coffee, we said a few pre-emptive goodbyes—“In case I don’t see you!” We made sure to stop by the bookfair to schmooze and snag free copies while we still could. Our Saturday panels told us to move on, move forward, move up.


  • AWP 2013 Dispatch: Battening Down the Hatches

    Want to survive AWP with your sanity intact? Take a little time for yourself—no panels, no bookfair, no small talk, no pressure.

    . . . Especially if you danced right on past your bedtime the night before with a bunch of other gangly nerds. (At VIDA prom, the geeks are the cool kids! Bookish teenagers, take note: It gets better. It gets so much better.) I spent much of this morning cursing Daisy Buchanan’s too-cheap rum punch, munching a cold egg sandwich from the hotel Au Bon Pain.



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    “Movie” by Curtis Smith. From Hobart.

    I can say with certainty that I love everything I’ve ever read by Curtis Smith. His work always clicks with me and we’ve been very lucky to have two of his stories in Monkeybicycle print issues. Most of what I read from Smith is in print, so I was happy to come across “Movie,” a little gem over at the Hobart website.

    The story is quick, but saturated with wonderful imagery and a tone that turns a little eerie as things progress. That could be because it’s more about what you’re not shown in the end. It’s kind of interpretive, yet fairly obvious, I suppose. Either way, it’s one of those beautiful Curtis Smith pieces that feels a bit dark in the best possible way.

  2. “The Day the Pig Fell in the Well” by John Cheever.

    I love John Cheever’s “The Day the Pig Fell in the Well.” It takes a long view of a family’s sadness and the emotional disconnection that both causes it and allows them to avoid feeling their sadness. It’s not a quick punch, but then life isn’t always, either. It’s in his collected short stories, recently reissued by Library of America. Here’s an interview with the editor, Blake Bailey.

  3. “Our Own Flesh and Blood, by Becky Margolis. From Necessary Fiction.

    Only read this if you like strange, beautiful writing, and possibly palindromes.

  4. “Crash Test Dummy” by Robert Swartwood. From PANK.

    This story feels like it could pertain to a lot of different people: domestic troubles, job frustration, the need to get away. But the author puts a fun new twist on those very relatable things by making them happen to a crash test dummy. When you hear that phrase, you can’t help but think of exactly what it is: a mannequin with little yellow and black marks all over him in a jumpsuit, going through the windshield of a car in slow motion in a testing warehouse. Or is that just me? (I also think of–of course–the band that brought us “Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm.”) The idea of an animated one of these things living the life of an everyman is intriguing, and Swartwood tells its story perfectly.

  5. “The Mill Pond” by xTx. From Storyglossia.

    I love stories that are a little creepy, especially when they involve awkward kids. I don’t know why. “The Mill Pond” does that really well. xTx is such a great storyteller and there’s always that kind of dark, unsettling element to the work that makes me eat it up. Just like Tinker eats up the Suzy Qs in this story. Please, please give it a read.


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