On a forum I hang out on, we’re building an anthology of the best short stories of the 20th century. All genres, all eras. Take a gander and join in (if you aren’t already a member you have to sign up, but it’s painless):
So far there’s a great selection.
The short story is a different art form than the novel. A lot of novelists don’t like to write short fiction (some even say they can’t — they start something and then it turns into a novel).
I find novel writing easier than short stories, even though I’ve written several, and continue to write them. My short stories tend to be more vignette-ish rather than perfectly formed pieces with beginnings, middle, and ends. Still, I like to write short fiction, and I figure that with practice I’ll get better at it.
So what are the short stories that made your heart sing? Tell me here in the comments, and/or head over to The Perfect World to add your selections. I’m looking forward to hearing from everyone.