Time and money. If we had unlimited supplies of both we might spend all of both buying and reading books.
But if time and money are in short supply you can still keep reading by going online to find short stories. You can find some great reads by Latino short story writers if you know where to look.
Here are three places to start:
1. The New Yorker magazine publishes the best of contemporary fiction but only older archives are available to the general public on its website. Here are 3 wonderful short stories by noted author Cristina Henriquez: Lunch, Carnaval Las Tablas, and Ashes that previously appeared in the print version of the magazine. They all reflect her Panamanian roots.
2. The website mexconnect.com for all things Mexico has a collection of fiction short stories tucked away and discoverable by using the site’s tags. The stories run a gamut of styles and subjects but have one thing in common—they are all related to Mexico and all well written. The format of the website is nice and clean, making the stories easy to select from the main page and easy to read when fully displayed. The Sanchez Ghost was particularly good.
3. The Rio Grande Review is a non-profit bilingual literary magazine run by students of the MFA in Creative Writing at The University of Texas at El Paso. The website contains an archive all of the editions as downloadable PDFs. Each edition is in both Spanish and English, making for a lengthy PDF (latest edition is 400 pages!) so this is best read online rather than attempting to print it out. This link leads directly to the archive page.
While not a strictly Latino-themed story site, National Public Radio’s 3 minute story project is an amazing collection of stories sent in by listeners, based on NPR’s weekly writing prompts. The only requirement is that stories must be original fiction and able to be read in 3 minutes. Click on the different “Rounds” on the right side of the page to load stories that correspond to that particular writing prompt. But beware! This site is highly addictive!
If you read in Spanish, enjoy elcuento.com, a well-curated collection of short stories in Spanish from a wide variety of countries. The website is extremely simple and doesn’t offer much in the way of a visual draw, but just lists editions. Click on any edition and it brings up a table of contents along with the country the author is from. The title is a link to the story. FYI—I tried Google Translate on one of the stories and it gave me a readable copy but much of the poetry in the words was lost.
Finally, I discovered Eyes of the Blue Dog by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the fiction.eserver website. This link is to the story and this link is to the general archive page for short stories. A hidden gem!
Do you have a source for online short stories? Please share it with our readers in the comments!
Carmen Amato writes thrillers and mysteries as well as a blog about encounters, choices, and travel at http://carmenamato.net/blog. CLIFF DIVER, the first book in her Emilia Cruz mystery series set in Acapulco was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “consistently exciting” and the next book in that series, HAT DANCE, will be released later this summer.
In HAT DANCE, Acapulco detective Emilia Cruz will risk a dance with the devil in a desperate attempt to track down an arsonist and find a missing girl. But as Acapulco burns, the dance will come with a price that no honest cop should have to pay.
Check out all Carmen’s books at http://amazon.com/author/carmenamato and connect with her on Twitter @CarmenConnects. Her Pinterest boards illustrate her books and can be found at http://pinterest.com/CarmenConnects.