And at the end of the year, Connu launched its iPhone beta, only further cementing 2013 as the year of the short story.
The answer was Connu, a website and app that curates short story content reading for people on the go. Connu provides daily short stories to subscribers--but not just any stories. These are tales selected by the bestselling writers of today, giving readers a heads up for new talent to look for tomorrow. The stories range in length, content and style, but all are chosen to given readers a glimpse into the contemporary literature scene that can otherwise be completely overwhelming.
Story selections include Brandon Williams' "Last Fortune Cookie on Earth," selected by Susan Straight; Cindy House's "Girls Like You," selected by David Sedaris; and Daniel Lanza's "Hilmar," selected by Jonathan Lethem--among many, many others. I read most, if not all, of the stories sent my way, and have yet to come across one I haven't enjoyed.
Since it was launched in November of 2013, Connu has continued to expand; in addition to reading the stories selected, readers can now also listen to the stories read by their authors. iPhone users can download the Connu app in the iTunes store, and while there's no word yet on an Android version, Android (or... Windows phone?) users can still read the stories on the impressively mobile-friendly Connu website.
Download the iPhone app now, or read (or listen) online. And be sure to follow Connu on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr for updates from the team.
Disclaimer: I was an original backer of Connu's Kickstarter campaign, but have no affiliation with the company. I just think it's pretty freaking cool.