I was pleased to be asked, a few weeks ago, to curate the crime/mystery short fiction section of a new app, Great Jones Street. Called by its founders “Spotify for short fiction”, Great Jones Street launched today for Apple products, and will be available for Google Android and other systems very soon.
Right now, the app is primarily seeking previously published short fiction to reprint—1.5 cents a word, with a minimum payment of $50—non-exclusively for a ten-year term. The idea is that the combination of previously published work and the opinion of curators is a sufficient guarantor of quality, but Great Jones will ultimately host original fiction and even serials. Given lengthening commute times, WiFi coming to the New York City subway system, the ubiquity of smartphones, and short attention spans, perhaps the short story will finally be able to make a comeback.
Download the app now and maybe you can be a part that comeback! I’ll update here when I find out how GJS will be handling submissions after the 500 or so initial seeded short stories are all live on the app.