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Found in the Crowd: the Case for Crowdfunding Anthologies

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Photo by The Conmunity (https://www.flickr.com/photos/popculturegeek/4554021738/) Recently, in certain literary circles, there’s been a lot of chatter about the future of the short story. Some feel that we’re seeing a resurgence of the short form, citing the phenomenal success of George Saunders as proof. Others feel that the popularity of stories has steadily declined in recent years. In his generally positive introduction to The Penguin Book of the British Short Story , even Philip Hensher was forced to admit that ‘reading short stories rewarded by competitions, I was struck by present-tense solitary reflections, often with characters lying on their beds affectlessly pondering… There was nothing there at all, apart from a fervent desire to win £30,000.’ What everyone appears to agree on is the fact that publishers don’t know what to do with short stories. Occasionally the larger publishers will humour an established author – Hilary Mantel, Lionel Shriver – by allowing