Pretty simple: We read short stories. We write about them. We link to them when we can.


Mary Miller (editor)

Mary Miller is the author of a story collection, Big World, and a novel, The Last Days of California. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Oxford American, New Stories from the South, Mississippi Review, and others. A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, she currently serves as the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss. 


Patrick Rapa (founder, editor)

Patrick Rapa is the music editor at Philadelphia City Paper. He also reviews books for emusic.com and writes other stuff here and there. He doesn’t read short stories as much as he used to, but he’ll try.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. n.m. kelby

    Hey P!

    So sweet of you to read PINK SUIT. It was an excerpt from my new novel, not a short story…did VQR forget to mention that? I haven’t seen the print copy. I could see how that would be confusing if that wasn’t mentioned. It’s so not a short story, as you pointed out!

    The novel is about Kate who made the suit. I’m so glad you wrote your review of it because it made me really think how people will expect some sort of Grassy Knoll revelation where there isn’t one. It’s really about the little known history of the suit and the woman who actually made it and how it profoundly changed her life. I’ve already had one of the conspiracy people in my face…scary as that was…so I guess I have to prepare for that sort of reading…yikes!

    Keep up the good work…thanks again!


    1. Patrick Rapa Post author

      Hey N.M.!
      The book sounds exciting! I’m looking forward to reading it. It’s nice to know there are still JFK conspiracy theorists out there. I’d assumed they’d all moved on to [REDACTED BY SHADOWY ELITE].
      Thanks for writing!

  2. Lee KVERN

    I love shorties almost as I love dogs, chocolate and cappuccinos. Just released my third book, first short story collection, 7 WAYS TO SUNDAY would love to be part of your illustrious short story line-up! Thanks for this awesome website. We shortie writers need this and more, more, more SHORTS, please.


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