“The short story is a perfect match for the mobile phone. We believe it and we’re out to prove it. It’s personal for me, a mission for us, and rewarding for you.” So wrote Kelly Abbott, founder and CEO of Great Jones Street, a relatively new app that already boasts a “1000 stories in your pocket” and those numbers are growing by the day, as the award-winning writers already featured recommend other award-winning stories to be considered for inclusion as well.
I’m honored that Abbott has chosen two of my stories for inclusion on the app: “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which originally appeared in PANK, and “A Voice from the Past,” which originally appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Both are linked here to the app itself, but you’ll need to download it in order to read them. Downloading is free and use of the app is free—no better deal out there.
“Mastering the Art of French Cooking” was named a Notable Story of 2011 by storySouth; earned first place in the flash fiction category of the 2012 Press 53 Open Awards, and was a finalist for the 2013 Spinetingler Award for Best Short Story on the Web.
“A Voice from the Past” was named among “Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2009” in the 2010 edition of Best American Mystery Stories.
Thank to my friend R.T. Lawton for having recommended me to Great Jones Street—and be sure to check out his own stories on the app, including “The Bond That Keeps,” “The Bond Market,” “The Big Bail Out,” “The Bond Servant,” “On the Edge,” “The Little Nogai Boy,” and “The Delivery.”
And looking forward to introducing my students at George Mason University to the app—a great resource for teaching as well as reading!