My list of stories this year could have easily been twice as long, but of the 122 short stories I've read in 2017, I've put down 25 of what I thought the most exceptional stories. I'm always in two minds about these lists, especially ones from anthologies I've stories in, I do, however, feel that dialogue is integral in supporting the genre; I realise that some writers are fearful –perhaps justifiably so in the social media age– of participating in the reading conversation. As always, the list is about celebrating and supporting short fiction.
‘Palm Court’ James Salter (That Glimpse of Truth ed. David Miller)
‘The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless’ Sherman Alexie (War Dances)
‘Yesterday, Near a Village Called Barden’ Joe Abercrombie (Sharp Ends)
‘Half Past’ Samantha Murray (The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2015 ed. Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene)
‘The Chrysanthemums’ John Steinbeck (The Long Valley)
'Lizzie’s Tiger’ Angela Carter (That Glimpse of Truth ed. David Miller)
‘Big Bang Theory’ Sherman Alexie (War Dances) (flash fiction)