December 28th, 2009

What’s the best short story you’ve read this year?

This year, I’ve read a lot more short fiction than usual. Aside from critique groups, magazines like Space And Time, or anthologies like Writers of the Future, I’ve read hundreds of stories online, which is where I came across Manna From Heaven, by Paul A. Freeman, my personal favorite of 2009.
 
It was published in Every Day Fiction.  As the name suggests, EDF posts a new piece of fiction (up to 1,000 words) on their website every day - they even email a free copy to their subscribers each morning.

Manna From Heaven is flash fiction, but even though it’s less than a thousand words, it packs a wallop. I thoroughly recommend it. 
 
How about you?
 
What’s the best short story you’ve read this year?