An article in the Telegraph newspaper on the fate of literary genres in the twenty-first century described the short story as “the most appropriate literary form of our present.” The formula for brevity that distinguishes it (from the novel) suits humanity's diminished ability to maintain focus, at a time when technological achievements are racing Many to gain their attention instantly.


Historical experience says that publishers - as a whole - do not like this literary form because it has no market, and it is clear that the readers who follow this art are a minority. Faithful, perhaps, but rare. However, instead of accepting this proven fact, there are those who talk about a golden age, relying on the existence of an emerging need in which a large audience participates to read short literary fiction texts that can be devoured within a quarter to half an hour, and in one session, and always under the pretext of the diminished ability to focus on Contemporaries, and time constraints.


However, the response to this need is not necessarily limited to the short story model, as was evident recently during the days of total isolation due to the "Covid-19" epidemic, when large numbers of readers rushed to read novels of heavy caliber, such as "Don Quixote - Cervantes" and "The War and peace - Tolstoy », through reading groups that crossed the text at the rate of one chapter per day.


Most of these chapters are short and take between a quarter and a half hour to read, not to mention the pleasure of clinging to a long narrative that is broken down over long weeks as if it were an interesting TV series. There are always attempts in western markets on both sides of the Atlantic to publish new novels on modern means of communication, in the form of serial chapters that are published electronically, and sent to interested persons chapter by chapter via e-mail addresses or various social media applications.


Therefore, we may find that the issue is not related to a golden age for the short story in terms of popular proliferation, the increase in sales of its collections (printed or electronic), or the doubling of the revenues of its publication in periodicals, or the appropriateness of its size for the screen of our smart phones, as much as there is a problem about the efficiency and capacity of literary prose in it - And within the framework of a gourmet audience limited in number - to enrich the existential experience of readers, and to open more windows for them - within the framework of the intimate dialogue between the text and the recipient - to understand their humanity and challenge their assumptions, through the tools of creativity and artistic imagination, and their enjoyment of experiencing the experience of living the literary scene through technologies and dynamics that intensify between all, at most, a half-hour flyby.