I remember the first day of my first creative writing class.
My professor was a very good and very old writer, who I will not name. He started the class, like many writers-turned teachers did back then, with a monologue about about literature. He began giving a history of writing and starting with telling stories around a primitive campfire, went on and on until I was just slightly conscious. In all the history of the short story it took the hustle and bustle of early American life and capitalism to make it popular.
All those pulp magazine editors looking for great short stories to fill their magazines with. America was in such a hurry that they could only read less than 10, words at a time, I guess. We are more rushed with less time. If the late s and early s popularized the short story, then the late s and early s have certainly popularized short short stories.
It is a new art form in some ways. It takes even less time to read than the short story. It consists of usually less than words, and it fills our hunger for a quick fix of literature. The soundbite, quick cutting world of television, I believe, has brought us to this.
The short short story aka flash fiction is becoming increasingly popular. Now literary websites, blogs and even magazine editors are drooling for those short short stories that everyone wants to read. They are easy to edit and publish. I will not go as far as saying they are easy to write.
In fact I think they can be even more difficult than a short story or poetry to pen. To be blunt, we love short short stories here at EWR: Short stories, and we are writing this little piece to celebrate the form and to mark a change on our site. We are only taking submissions of short short stories that are words or less. So if you want to submit to us, go here, but only send us short short stories please. Also, we have a mix of stories here, and to make it easier for everyone we have decided to list here only and all of our short short stories man I used that term a lot.
Either way, I hope you enjoy this list, kind of a recap. He has also worked as a professional writer and editor in the medical publishing industry for several years. For the last 15 years Richard has also taught literature and writing at the secondary and post-secondary levels. He works much of the time with at-risk students. Skip to toolbar About WordPress. Social Activity Members Log In. Short Short Stories I remember the first day of my first creative writing class.
And Lysol. Avery The Sack by P. We need help! Every Writer.Check out this year's shortlisted stories in the lower age category. Dive into this year's shortlisted stories in the upper age category. Watch our fantastic celebrity guests read the winning stories. Read and listen to the 25 shortlisted stories plus 3 wildcards in the 5 to 9 age category.
Read and listen to the 25 shortlisted stories plus 3 wildcards in the 10 to 13 age category. Read and listen to the 25 shortlisted stories in the 5 to 9 age category. Read and listen to the 25 shortlisted stories in the 10 to 13 age category. Check out the Bronze, Silver and Gold stories! Check out the 25 short listed stories in the 5 to 9 age category! Check out the 25 short listed stories in the 10 to 13 years old age category!
Listen to readings of this year's fantastic medal-winning tales.The River and the Mountain : Learn English (IND) with subtitles - Story for Children "pakdegolubova.space"
Supernatural thrills, ghostly chills and big yellow frills! Check out the shortlist. Adventures, history, superheroes and mystery! Which stories made our shortlist?
Very Short Stories for Middle and High School Students to Read Online
Minotaurs, Resilient Giraffes, Shrink Drinks and more! Main content. Top 50 Stories: 5 to 9 Check out this year's shortlisted stories in the lower age category. Top 50 Stories: 10 to 13 Dive into this year's shortlisted stories in the upper age category. Top 50 Stories: 5 to 9 Read and listen to the 25 shortlisted stories plus 3 wildcards in the 5 to 9 age category.
Top 50 Stories: 10 to 13 Read and listen to the 25 shortlisted stories plus 3 wildcards in the 10 to 13 age category. Top 50 Stories: 5 to 9 Read and listen to the 25 shortlisted stories in the 5 to 9 age category. Top 50 Stories: 10 to 13 Read and listen to the 25 shortlisted stories in the 10 to 13 age category.Howard is an avid short story reader who likes to help others find and understand stories. If your students are struggling to get into the short story, or you're pressed for time, here are some very brief stories to get you started.
They're not as short as Hemingway's famous six-word story For sale: baby shoes, never worn. Most are under 2, words; I've included an approximate word count where I could. If you want to be able to reference a print edition at your leisure, one of my favorites is "Little Worlds" Amazon. This anthology has 31 short stories for students. Their lengths vary.
They aren't all as short as the ones on this page. Part 1 has 14 selections divided by the usual story elements. Part 2 has another 16 stories. Here are some short stories that deal with themes and subject matter appropriate for high school students. Many of these stories can be read quite quickly so they make for great discussion topics in class. A woman is given the news that her husband has been killed in a railroad accident.
In the next hour, she experiences a range of emotions as she contemplates her life. Read "The Story of an Hour" 1, words. A doctor makes a house call on a sick young girl. She has hidden the severity of her symptoms and resists the examination.
Read "The Use of Force" 1, words. A mother imparts advice to her daughter on how to behave and how to be a woman. Read "Girl" words. An armed man enters a barbershop for a shave. The barber recognizes him; they are on opposite sides of some kind of political conflict that has turned violent. He has to decide what he will do with this opportunity.
Read "Lather and Nothing Else" 1, words. If you'd like to compare this with another story where a barber has an objectionable customer, see Ray Bradbury's The Beautiful Shave. A king wants the answers to what he considers to be the three most important questions. His experience with a wise hermit gives him the answers he seeks.All 1, stories are also right here—see below.
December 16, Story titles in the Table of Contents are lower case for articles, conjunctions, and prepositions. Story titles in text are upper case for ALL words. I will fix discrepancies within each category as soon as possible. To download Audio Files, click here. Next, right click on a file. Then, Save As. Knock, Knock, Knock! Whose Fault Was It? I Can't Stop My Car!
Who Cares about Germs? What Package?
Where's My Safety Razor? What Size Do You Wear? But We're in Love! You Call That a Tip? Let Those Eyebrows Grow!
Why Is the Teacher Late? Take These Ugly Ties Back! Can I Borrow Rent Money? Where Did the Mustard Go? Here Comes the Bride! Why Cry about It? Open the Door! It's Nice to Meet You—Not! I Love New York City! Where Did Her Sock Go?
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Did He Cut in Line? Tiger Is Dead! Long Live Tiger! Wipe Your Feet! Where Are My Keys? Need a Taxi?
500 Words - The Stories
What's the Name of This Museum? Do You Work Well with Others?But this year was different, because if I fail this exam I will not graduate. I sat there panic stricken unable to move. Pressure crushes in on me. I took two deep breaths and look up. I could see the teacher pacing.
The classroom was dead silent except for the clock. Tick Tock Tick Tock. I check the clock. Ten minutes left! I clench and unclench my fist in attempt to calm myself. I know I can do this. My hand trembled. I scribbled the first few words that hit me. At the corner of my eye, I could see my teacher walking towards me.
She was checking on our progress! Dread built up within me. I glance at the four words. Without warning, my hand moves to write. Hair on my arms stood as the teacher lean in. To my astonishment, she displayed a clear satisfaction! I hurriedly look down at my essay. I skimmed it through. I felt proud. I checked the clock.
Two minutes left! I am still writing! I crossed my fingers. Closed my eyes, and concentrated on writing. I hear the teacher leave. My eyes open hurriedly. Everybody looked at me weirdly. I look down ashamed. I tried to ignore everything and continue writing.
One more word I said to myself, come on.
Put your pens down.Stories that have morals and messages behind them are always powerful. Our last article of short stories became so popular, that we decided to create another list, in which every story has a simple moral behind it.
Some of these stories are very short and basic. However, the strength of the message remains the same.
An old man lived in the village. He was one of the most unfortunate people in the world.
The 10 Best Short Moral Stories With Valuable Lessons
The longer he lived, the more bile he was becoming and the more poisonous were his words. People avoided him, because his misfortune became contagious. It was even unnatural and insulting to be happy next to him.
But one day, when he turned eighty years oldan incredible thing happened. And then I decided to live without happiness and just enjoy life. People have been coming to the wise man, complaining about the same problems every time. One day he told them a joke and everyone roared in laughter. So why are you always crying about the same problem?
On the way they had to cross a stream. One day the donkey suddenly tumbled down the stream and the salt bag also fell into the water. The salt dissolved in the water and hence the bag became very light to carry. The donkey was happy. The salt seller came to understand the trick and decided to teach a lesson to it. The next day he loaded a cotton bag on the donkey. But the dampened cotton became very heavy to carry and the donkey suffered.
It learnt a lesson. A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.
After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.I wrote the following stories for the Daily Flash Fiction Challenge contest on writing.
My stories are suitable for all ages, although some are geared toward a younger audience and some are more for adults. I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them. Each story has a maximum of words and is based on a daily prompt, which I've included in the introduction for each story. If you like writing, see what you can come up with, using the same prompts!
Or visit Daily Flash Fiction Challenge for more prompts and contest entries. From my hotel room window, I see an oversized billboard with his face on it: Jason, the Great Magician. I absent-mindedly turn the pages of the phone book and come across a city map. Not more than a half-hour walk.
I glance at the clock. The show starts in one hour. Plenty of time! The billboard looks even more impressive from outside. The Great Jason's eyes seem to be glancing through me.
I shiver and walk faster. I feel like a child about to open her birthday presents. The hall is dark when I come in; the show is about to begin. I make my way backstage just as the great magician puts on his top hat. I settle down in the darkness, and the curtains open. He really did look like a tourist, with a camera around his neck and a bottle of sunscreen sticking out of his tote bag.
The portly man sat on the terrace, sipping lemonade and pretending to look at a glossy cruise brochure. His sunglasses masked his eyes, but I knew he wasn't looking at the brochure: he hadn't turned a page for the last ten minutes. As I brought him his clam chowder, he coughed up a "thank you" and looked at me briefly. I tried not to stare at the tiny scar across his left eyebrow. I walked back inside with my empty tray, shaking my head.