Short Stories All the Time

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... a few of my thoughts about 875, mostly contemporary, short stories.

04 January, 2017

Eric Severn, "Enclosed"

"Enclosed" is written in a letter format, more precisely a short story submission cover letter. The story combines and twists together the cover letter, the short story itself, the basic components of a cover letter, and, here's the fun part, all the things a writer is told not to include in a cover letter. The narrator not only retells the story, but also tells the impetus for the story. The narrator shares what his mother thinks of his writing, and he makes excuses for the shortcomings of his story. I suppose it could be called epistolary memoir meta-fiction. It's quite a good read, humorous and poignant. "Enclosed" by Eric Severn is in the winter 2016 edition, No. 108, of Zyzzyva.