Frequently Asked Questions

What is Short Story Book Club?

Short Story Book Club promotes the enjoyment of short stories. The subscription delivers one novella, short story anthology, or one short story collection each month. A summary and questions for discussion accompany each delivery. So, you can use the questions to enjoy the book alone or as a group. 

How does it work?

When you subscribe to Short Story Book Club, you will receive your first book the following month depending on your order date. If you subscribe on or before the 15th, you will receive your delivery during the first weekend of the next month. If you subscribe after the 15th, your delivery will arrive the subsequent month. For example, if you subscribe on February 15th, your first delivery will ship during the first weekend in March. If you subscribe on February 16th, your first delivery will arrive during the first weekend in April.

How are the boxes priced?

Short Story Book Club offers 3- , 6-, and 12-month short story subscriptions. The longer you subscribe, the more you save. There are currently no month-to-month subscriptions.

What's the difference between a novella, a collection, and an anthology?

Great question! There are many definitions that describe what a short story is. Some people define them by page length. Others by the number of words in the story. Still others will judge a story by the length of time it takes to read. Short Story Book Club defines shorts stories as works that are fewer than 100 pages. Of course, there will be some variation since not all books are the same size.  Collections and anthologies may be of any number of pages. The key difference is how the series of stories is put together. Short Story Book Club defines collections as a series of stories all written by the same author. Anthologies are collections of stories written by different authors and assembled by an editor.

What is narrative nonfiction?

Nonfiction that uses many of the same writing techniques that you would find in a work of fiction is what we consider narrative nonfiction. It differs dramatically from the technical, scientific, or journalistic writing that you may be used to associating with nonfiction. Narrative nonfiction reads much like many popular fiction genres. Short Story Book Club includes both fiction and nonfiction selections.

Do I really need Short Story Book Club? Couldn't I just go to the bookstore?

Short Story Book Club doesn't sell books. We sell a reading and book club experience. We take the time to curate our story selections, choosing only the best for you to read, so you don't have to waste time with unpleasant reading experiences. We also provide you with extras like our exclusive newsletter and discussion guides that you won't find anywhere else. Homeschooling parents and teachers in upper grades and college will especially appreciate the care we put into creating intelligent, thoughtful materials to accompany each short story.