Understanding the Short Story

As a publisher and champion of the short story, it is incumbent 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. You'll find here a collection of resources that aid and develop aspiring writers of short stories, starting with the basics and defining the three types of short story, before moving on to online short stories archive, genre traits and writing exercises.


1. The Three Types of Short Story

2. Evolution of the Three Types

3. Online Short Stories Archive

4. Authors Recommend their Favourite Ever Short Stories

5. Morphologies

6. Exercise 1: The Epical Short Story

7. Exercise 2: The Lyrical Short Story


Please note that many of the links in this section are to the Librivox Open Source website. 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.