The comment is made in many different places that the internet is a boon for short fiction. Whereas in the real publishing world, short stories usually share the same kiss of death as poetry, on-line is a different matter. This is not just because of 'self-publishing,' but because the market place of the internet is kinder to different modes of expression.
It is indeed interesting that Harper's Magazine is reviving its Folio section, an avenue for fiction. i could be no happier about the fact its first "new" piece comes from John le Carré - a favourite author of mine. Though this is the first chapter of a novel, I assume there will be interest in short stories. Not that I do not have a first chapter or two which would fit the bill. [DE]
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Introducing the April issue of Harper’s Magazine
On John le Carré and the relaunch of the Folio section
....the publication of John le Carré in Harper’s Magazine marks the return of the magazine’s Folio section, launched in the October 1992 issue with another fictional tour de force, “Pafko at the Wall” by Don DeLillo. Like Chapter One of A Delicate Truth, “Pafko at the Wall” stood proudly on its own, though it ultimately served as the prologue to DeLillo’s novel Underworld, perhaps his masterpiece, published five years later. Like many things in the history of Harper’s, Folio was conjured from a mix of editorial vision and practical necessity. When Tina Brown was appointed editor of The New Yorker in June 1992, I assumed she would begin running much shorter pieces. Harper’s response, I told Lewis Lapham, Michael Pollan, and Gerry Marzorati at a hastily organized lunch, should be from time to time to run much longer pieces that might not only satisfy the cravings of frustrated New Yorker readers but also accommodate Harper’s contributors who simply needed more space to say what they wanted to say. ...