Flush with the early success of their Day One literary magazine, Amazon announced today that they are expanding their efforts with the launch of a new publishing imprint which will focus on short fiction.
StoryFront is going to publish a variety of works, including new previously unpublished titles and translated works as well as stories originally published in Day One for purchase a la carte. This imprint is launching today with 43 stories, including:
- Sheila by Rebecca Adams Wright, the first story published in Day One
- A Bite of Strawberry by William Lashner, featuring the long-awaited return of defense attorney Victor Carl
- Museum of Literary Souls by John Connolly, a page-turner that blurs the lines between fact and fiction
- Farmer One by Christian Cantrell, a dystopian adventure set in a future gone utterly awry
“Based on the continued success of short fiction on Kindle as well as the enthusiastic response to Day One—we received thousands of subscriptions in the first week—we know readers are hungry for short stories and excited about exploring new genres,” said Daphne Durham, Publisher of Adult Trade and Children’s Group. “With StoryFront, we’re feeding that enthusiasm by offering a wide range of stories curated by a team of editors who are committed to the craft.”
As I see it, StoryFront is going to be taking over from Amazon's Kindle Singles imprint, which had been publishing short stories since it launched. While Kindle Singles is best known for longform essays and other works that are too long for a magazine article but too short for a book, a significant number of the titles in the Kindle Single section were actually fiction.
In a way Amazon has been publishing short fiction for quite some time, it just occurred under most people's radar.
StoryFront joins sister imprints Jet City Comics, Kindle Worlds, Lake Union, 47North, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Amazon Publishing, Grand Harbor, Little A, Montlake Romance, Skyscape, Thomas & Mercer, and Two Lions in the Amazon Publishing family.