shortstorymonthEmerging Writers Network has declared May “Short Story Month” and taken the opportunity to post dozens of reviews, guest posts, and “story mix tapes.” Matt Bell and Blake Butler get in on the action.

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival is underway, and Jim Hanas is serializing his story “The Arab Bank,” which is set during the festival, until May 24.

At Largehearted Boy, Ben Greenman talks to musician Rhett Miller about work, life, and Charles Manson.

dzanc-bestofthewebDzanc’s Best of the Web 2009, now available for pre-order, features stories by Blake Butler, Darlin’ Neal, Molly Gaudry, Michael Martone, Claudia Smith, and Terese Svoboda.

Wigleaf has posted its annual Top 50 of Very Short Fictions, selected by Darlin’ Neal and positiviely teeming with Fictionauts. Says series editor Scott Garson: “Who’s going to stop all these stories?  They’re running loose. Who knows what they’ll do next.

Equally replete with Fictionaut members is the Dogzplot Flash Fiction Anthology 2009, now available for preorder.

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Maud Newton, who just graced the cover of Narrative, reviews Frederick Barthelme‘s Waveland for NPR (previously.)

Also on Maud’s blog, Kevin Wilson offeres an appreciation of novelist David Bowman: “There’s something to be said for the strange thrill of having absolutely no idea where you’re going, understanding that the author might not have any idea as well, and not caring.” Kevin’s story “The Museum of Whatnot” is online at Fifty-Two Stories.

Brandon Scott Gorell is running a controversial short story contest on his blog.

Michael Kimball writes Ken Baumann‘s life story — on a postcard.

Tania Hershman‘s The White Road made the longlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. With a prize of €35,000 for the winning book, this is the world’s most lucrative award for a short story collection.

Jason Boog has a new online home, where he links to a piece about Amanda Stern‘s Happy Ending reading series, articles Granta, Salon, and The Believer, and a video essay about Hunter S. Thompson in Puerto Rico and the new Johnny Depp adaptation of The Rum Diary. Here it is:

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