Historically, readers are accustomed to buying short stories as part of an anthology. Amazon Publishing is changing that with the launch of StoryFront, a new imprint focused on publishing short fiction—story by story. There are 43 stories included at launch, many available for as little as $.99. StoryFront will also be home to Day One, a Kindle-based weekly literary journal introduced earlier this year that is dedicated to new writers and poets. Day One costs $1.59/month or $1.99 per issue.
“Based on the continued success of short fiction on Kindle as well as the enthusiastic response to Day One—we received thousands of subscriptions in the first week—we know readers are hungry for short stories and excited about exploring new genres,” said Daphne Durham, Publisher of Adult Trade and Children’s Group. “With StoryFront, we’re feeding that enthusiasm by offering a wide range of stories curated by a team of editors who are committed to the craft.”
Some of the stories and authors featured in the inaugural include the following:
- “Sheila” by Rebecca Adams Wright, the first story published in Day One
- “A Bite of Strawberry” by William Lashner, featuring the long-awaited return of defense attorney Victor Carl
- “Museum of Literary Souls” by John Connolly, a page-turner that blurs the lines between fact and fiction
- “Farmer One” by Christian Cantrell, a dystopian adventure set in a future gone utterly awry
- “The 12 Days of Christmas,” a series created by authors Gemma Halliday, Kim Law, HP Mallory, Kathleen Bacus, Diane Kelly, Susan Donovan, Kyra Davis, Amanda Brice, Angie Fox, Robin Kaye, Jana DeLeon, and Leslie Langtry
Currently, StoryFront is not accepting unsolicited submissions. Yet, it’s inspiring to see the potential for growth in this niche, in a previously underserved part of publishing. (Regardless of your feelings about Amazon.)
With StoryFront, Amazon continues to show how serious it is about not just selling books, but publishing them, too. Other Amazon Publishing imprints include: 47North, Grand Harbor, Jet City Comics, Kindle Worlds, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, Skyscape, Thomas & Mercer and Two Lions.