It is my great pleasure and honour to be returning as a judge of the Toronto Star and Toronto Public Library Short Story Contest. Deadline for submissions is February 27, 2015.
Short stories consume you faster. They’re connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they’re also a total joy.
– Ali Smith
When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.
– George Saunders
If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced that there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes but by no means always find the way to do it.