National Short Story Month: Looking Forward

National Short Story month is finally upon us! To celebrate, Bayou staff members have compiled some terrific content, including story reviews, interviews with fiction writers, audio clips of readings, and info about New Orleans literary events (including a reading at Bayou’s Issue 61 Launch Party, more details to come).

Be on the lookout for National Short Story Month news and content as May progresses. For now, here’s some famous quotes about short stories to mull over:

“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.” -Edgar Allan Poe

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” – Lorrie Moore

“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman

“When well told, a story captures the subtle movement of change. If a novel is a map of a country, a story is the bright silver pin that marks the crossroads.” -Ann Patchett

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you. What I want is to have the reader come out just six percent more awake to the world.” – George Saunders

“A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.” – Alice Munro

Have a favorite quote about short stories? Post it in the comments section below!

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