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As a publisher and champion of the short story, it is encumbent on Comma to encourage debate - both critically and constructively - about the current state of the form, and where contemporary styles and practices fit in with its wider development. Over the next few months Comma will set out to gather around this website some of the many short story resources already in the public domain, through links and mp3s, in the hope that practice and further debate will lead from it.
Contents 1. The Three Types of Short Story 2. Evolution of the Three Types 3. Genre Anatomies 4. Full Reading / Listening List: Essays and Stories 5. Authors Recommend their Favourite Ever Short Stories 6. The 'Morphologies' Poject
7. Exercise 1: The Epical Short Story
8. Exercise 2: The Lyrical Short Story
Acknowledgement Please note that many of the links in this section are to the Librivox open source website and Comma owes a debt of gratitude to the many volunteers that have made this such a fantastic site. To use Librivox or Comma's own audio files, simply left click on an audio link to listen immediately, or right click and 'Save Target' to download the sound file to listen later.