Short Stories/Short Edition

I ran across a piece a few months ago about short story dispensers, made and distributed by the French company, Short Édition. Yes, short stories dispensed by a machine – for free. You can choose between stories that take about 1 minute, 3 minutes, or 5 minutes to read.

After tucking away the bookmark to that article somewhere safe, I promptly forgot about it till today.

I looked up the company’s website. You don’t even have to find a dispensing machine to read the short stories – you can read them on the website if you want, or even have them emailed to you!

I’d love to find a dispensing machine in person. Unfortunately, there’s none near me. I checked the map pretty carefully. And what little travel I’ve got planned so far doesn’t take me near any machines either.

If anyone is interested in a short story machine, they’re looking for hosts- looks like it could possibly be a good bit of advertising for a business or organization as well. They can help customize the collection of stories to fit your purpose too – feature local-ish authors, have a hotel dispense bedtime stories, a school or youth-oriented business/organization could feature children’s stories, and so on. You’ll have to go to the Public Library Association’s website for specifics.

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It also looks like Short Édition is working on how to have English-speaking authors be able to submit their work for consideration – watch the website for more information.

 

disclaimer – I have no affiliation with Short Édition or any of it’s machine hosts. I just think this is an awesome idea, and I hope more organizations will choose to host these or something similar. 

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Short, Scary Stories

It’s a busy time of year. So much to do with the school year underway, the days getting shorter, the weather cooling off, the holidays almost upon us. Here are bunches of very short, scary stories to squeeze into what little time you have to read. Maybe just jump into bed and read a short story or two to help you fall asleep.

Good luck with that.

Short scary stories from Reddit 

Abraham’s Boys, by Joe Hill

How to Talk to Girls at Parties, by Neil Gaiman

The Doll, by Daphne du Maurier

Nightcrawlers, by Robert McCammon

Premium Harmony, by Stephen King

Sunbleached, by Nathan Ballingrud

The Third Bear, by Jeff Vandermeer

The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire, by Poppy Z. Brite

How to Get Back to the Forest, by Sofia Samatar

Bog Girl, by Karen Russell

Hello Moto, by Nnedi Okorafor

His Face All Red, by Emily Carroll

Rattlebag, by Neil Gaiman

 

What are your favorite short stories?

Poster & Story Contest: Oregon Humane Society

Don’t just read stories, write them too! Poster & Story contest for students throughout Oregon, and in Clark County, Washington. See the link at the bottom for last year’s winners.
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Each year students throughout Oregon and Clark County Washington are invited to create a poster or write a short story portraying part of the Oregon Humane Society’s mission.

70th Annual Be Kind to Animals Poster & Story Contest

Who:

Contest is open to all residents of Oregon and Clark County, Washington, entering grades 1st-12th in the fall of 2018.

How:

Step 1: Review the theme for your grade level and entry instructions 2018 OHS Poster and Story Contest Instructions

Step 2: Create your poster and/or write your story based on your grade level theme

Step 3: Print and complete 2018 Poster and Story Entry Slip and glue or tape to the back of your entry (no paperclips, please). Note to Teachers, please include a class list along with your posters and/or stories.

Step 4: Mail or drop off to:

Oregon Humane Society
Attn: Poster and Story Contest
1067 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97211

For 9th-12th Grade Digital Art Entries: Click here to upload your digital art. Please be sure to read the poster theme prompt for Grades 9-12 before entering your digital art poster.

When:

Contest begins September 1, 2018! Deadline to post mark or drop off posters and/or stories is December 14, 2018. All winners will be notified by January 11, 2019 and will be invited to the A’Cat’Emy Awards. The A’Cat’Emy Awards will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2018 at the Oregon Humane Society.

Poster & Story Contest Prizes

  • Grand Prize: Laptop
  • Runner Up: $150 Gift Card
  • First Place: $100 Gift Card
  • Second Place: $75 Gift Card
  • Third Place: $50 Gift Card
  • Honorable Mention: $25 Gift Card

All winners also receive a special award certificate, ribbon of honor and an invitation to the A’Cat’Emy Awards celebration.

For Teachers!

Enter your students’ posters and/or stories by November 1st to receive a $25 Amazon gift card as a thank you for including the Oregon Humane Society in your classroom curriculum.

For More Information

Contact the OHS Education Office at (503) 416-5034 to learn more.

See all 2018 winning posters and read the top stories here »