Short Stories from Other Worlds

While I love writing fiction–and fantasy especially–I haven’t dabbled in short stories yet. Something in me struggles to think in terms of short. I start with the kernel of an idea that I think would perhaps fit a short story, and then as I mull it over, it grows, stretching and expanding until it’s really only suited for something novel length. That said, after I complete the novel edit currently consuming all my fiction writing time, I’d like to attempt some shorter pieces, perhaps exploring characters and situations in my story world that didn’t make it into the book. At the very least, it will be fun to experiment.

However, for those who enjoy writing short stories, I’d like to mention a project I recently became aware of–Avenir Eclectia, “…a multi-author microfiction project, based in a world with flavors of science fiction, fantasy and supernatural genres.” As this project is associated with Splashdown Books, a relatively new independent publisher of Christian speculative fiction, the idea is that eventually the stories will be compiled into a collection for print. If you’re interested in participating, visit their join us section for more information.

If you don’t write but like reading short stories, you should stop by and see if any of the pieces catch your fancy. Since this project has just launched, only a handful of stories exist, but since I know some of the participants, my guess is that it will quickly pick up speed. I’m always happy to see experiments in the realm of Christian speculative fiction, and it will be interesting to watch this one develop.

Do you enjoy reading/writing short stories? Have you ever participated in a multi-author project (as a reader or writer)?

Image credit: Avenir Eclectia

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4 Responses to Short Stories from Other Worlds

  1. Mary says:

    I always enjoy reading a good short story, but like you I don’t seem to have much luck writing them, as they always seem to evolve into novel-length pieces. As for multi-author projects, I’m currently involved in two. I would never have guessed how much fun they could be, or how much easier it is to figure out a story plot when you’re not trying to do it all by yourself! Thanks for introducing Avenir Eclectia, too. It’s very interesting!

    • Sarah Sawyer says:

      I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that doesn’t have an easy time writing short stories! Thanks for sharing your experience with multi-author projects–it sounds like an enjoyable undertaking, and I can see how blending the strengths of many writers would have benefits. Are these projects something that you’re tackling on the web (like Avenir Eclectia) or working on with the goal of print publication?

  2. Emily says:

    As a reader, while I do quite enjoy a good short story, I tend to like novel-length books better. Usually I finish short stories somewhat unsatisfied, thinking about what could have happened later, or what should have happened earlier. I like the way novels are (obviously) lengthier, therefore giving a more lasting source of entertainment. All that being said, I still vastly enjoy reading a good short story. 🙂

    • Sarah Sawyer says:

      You’ve brought up some interesting points, Emily. I’m similar to you in that short stories frequently leave me with a vague feeling of dissatisfaction, like there must be more to the tale than what’s been written. I occasionally come across one I really enjoy, but for the most part I prefer novels. Perhaps that’s why writing short stories doesn’t come naturally to me!

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