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It’s International Short Story Month!

This short-story collection from Press 53 won Gold in the 2020 IPPY Awards, “US Southeast – Best Regional Fiction.”

On the one hand, yes, absolutely, this completely seems like an unnecessary holiday. But on the other hand, any excuse for celebrating the written word, right?

Coming hot on the heels of National Poetry Month (and not to be outdone), International Short Story Month takes the entire month of May to ponder, share, explore, and honor fictional gems, that all-too-often underappreciated format, the very soul of brevity: the short story.

For the full rundown on Short Story Month, head on over to

Short stories are exciting, moving and unexpected. They make you think. They are like little puzzles to be solved. Short stories can blow away the cobwebs of your thinking in a few short lines.

We’re celebrating in a few different ways, including:

And of course, we’ll be revisiting our favorite short-story writers, from NC and beyond!

Who are some of yours?