February Philosophy | Ethics Short Story Magazine Is Out!
After Dinner Conversation
by Kolby Granville
3d ago
The February, 2023 Philosophy | Ethics Short Story Magazine is out! Delight in intriguing, thought-provoking conversations about ethics, philosophy, and social issues! Each issue features both established writers and up-and-coming authors who contribute fascinating philosophical insights on controversial topics like marriage equality, assisted suicide, the meaning of death, animal rights and defining your “purpose.” It’s time to go deep in search of truth! Sign up today on the website to get your copy today! You can also get our magazine through our partners starting on the 10th, via Zinio, Re ..read more
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2022 "Best Of" Philosophy Ethics Fiction Short Stories Is Out!
After Dinner Conversation
by Kolby Granville
3d ago
2022 "Best Of" Philosophy Ethics Short Story Fiction Direct Download - https://www.afterdinnerconversation.com/digital-downloads/bestof2022 Digital - https://amzn.to/3XQ4PgF Print - https://amzn.to/3Y76EWT Wide Distribution - https://books2read.com/u/bQNRrP Each year “After Dinner Conversation” selects sixty original fiction short stories with a focus on asking ethical and philosophical questions. Our monthly magazine has quickly grown, available in nine countries and through a dozen distribution channels, it is a staple in classrooms and book clubs. Each story comes with five sugge ..read more
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How do you write a great short story? (According to AI)
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by Kolby Granville
2w ago
Short stories are a unique and powerful form of writing that can pack a punch in just a few pages. But what makes for compelling short story writing? Here are a few key elements to consider: A strong concept or premise: A good short story starts with an interesting idea or concept that hooks the reader in from the beginning. This could be a unique setting, a compelling character, or a twist on a familiar theme. For example, the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson starts with the premise of a small town holding a lottery each year to determine who will be sacrificed for the good of ..read more
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Raising our FAST PASS submission price to $5.
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by Kolby Granville
3w ago
Six months ago we started a FAST PASS submission process. Basically, a “skip-the-line” submission process for those willing to pay a few bucks. A win/win. You get a response ASAP and we get to keep the lights on. The issue is, we didn’t know how much to charge, we only knew how many of these FAST PASS submissions we wanted to get…ideally, 3-4 per week. We tried charge $3USD for the FAST PASS and got way too many submissions. So, we raised it to $4USD. Things have picked up and we are now getting 2-3 FAST PASS submissions per day! Way more than we can read and respond to right away. So, in an ..read more
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New Distribution Partnership/Exact Editions
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by Kolby Granville
1M ago
Thanks to the generous donation of a Patreon subscriber, we were able to convert and make available our entire back catalog on Exact Editions. Exact Editions allows you to read anytime, anywhere, with fully-searchable access on web, iOS and Android devices. Exact Editions also offers institutional subscriptions for schools and libraries as well! We are very excited about our new partnership and expanded distribution! As your local university or library to subscribe and keep us available to their patrons ..read more
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"Best Of" 2022 Philosophy/Ethics Short Story Voting!
After Dinner Conversation
by Kolby Granville
1M ago
Over the last several years we have done print anthologies. They were very successful, but their frequency meant they were a lot of work! They also were quite thick, sometimes over 400 pages! As such, for 2022, we switched to a “Best Of” format. Each year we will do a “Best of” print book from the short stories for the year and publish it in February of the following year. This will be our first year and we have opted for voting! So, if you are a subscriber, author, or casual reader of our website, go ahead and vote online for your favorite story (or stories) we published this year! Kolby (Ed ..read more
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Print+Digital Subscriptions
After Dinner Conversation
by Kolby Granville
3M ago
It’s official, after many years as a digital only literary magazine, we shipped our first print magazine subscriptions to people’s homes! Who is subscribing? Professors, writers, parents, and thoughtful people who support civilized discourse. Right now, the print+digital option is $12.95/month, and a few people have asked why it isn’t cheaper. I mean, heck, People is practically free at the grocery store. So, here are the reasons. No ads. Not a single one. And this is on purpose. The $12.95 price includes tax and shipping. Of course, we could say $9.95 plus tax, plus shipping and handling ..read more
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Print Back Issues Available Now!
After Dinner Conversation
by Kolby Granville
3M ago
After Dinner Conversation Readers, As you may have heard we are starting a print+digitial version of our magazine subscription for $12.95 a month. As a value added, we decided to back-convert all the 2022 digital magazines to print versions and make them available for sale. As such, if there is a past issue you really liked and want to have at home from 2022, it is now available for purchase on Amazon. Obviously, the "to print" conversion process took a considerable amount of time so depending on how sales of our back print magazines for 2022 go, we may end up also converting 2021 and 2020 as ..read more
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A "Fermi estimate" thought experiment about how many unsubsidized literary magazines the subscriber market can actually support. Hint, it's less than you think...
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by Kolby Granville
4M ago
I happened to come across the wonderful website of Erika Krouse and noticed she had done the heavy lifting of find out, and putting into an excel sheet, the circulation of literary magazines. Honestly, I don’t know her methodology for finding out this information, but it got my mind thinking about the circulations of various literary magazines. I should start by saying this thought experiment is more a Fermi estimate than a rigorous review. That said, the main thing that struck me is how many wonderful, and important, literary magazines have circulations much smaller than I expected. Many pres ..read more
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2022 Pushcart Nominations
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by Kolby Granville
4M ago
One of the coolest things we get to do each year is nominate stories we have published for awards. We just submitted the following stories we have (or will) publish for the Pushcart Prize. Here are the stories we submitted, in no particular order. Reginald's Party: A female interloper crashes an "emotions" wine tasting. (Written by: Clare Diston) The Davidson Method: A couple heads to the clinic to discuss options for reprogramming their child to accept the divorce. (Written by: Brian Carey) Left To Lose: A young woman is tricked to trade important pieces of her life to help a rebel gro ..read more
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