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A short story is complete in itself. If you want to sell short stories, they need to be commercial, and satisfying to readers. Here's how to write them.

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18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels

People sometimes mistake short stories for trifles, wee vignettes that are over before they start. But there's a reason why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels: a short story is just the right length to blow your mind. Here are 18 science fiction and short stories that rock our world.

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The 7 Types of Short Story Opening, and How to Decide Which is Right for Your Story

The 7 Types of Short Story Opening, and How to Decide Which is Right for Your Story - A short story is like a chess game: The opening is a huge part of whether you win or lose. The first sentence of a short story doesn't just "hook" readers, it also sets the tone and launches the plot.

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8 Unstoppable Rules For Writing Killer Short Stories

Short fiction is the "garage band" of science fiction, claims Tor Books editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden, so it's time to step on that fuzzbox and thrash as hard as you can without knocking over your mom's weed-trimmer.

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Write a Short Story About Climate Change, And Win $1000!

Arizona State University, the folks who brought you the Hieroglyph anthology of optimistic science fiction, is now hosting a writing contest for stories about the Earth after climate change. And Kim Stanley Robinson is judging the contest!

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