Highly (un)Original Short Story Titles

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksEditor Neil Clarke is editing a number of magazines that accept short stories, including Clarkesworld Magazine, a Hugo Award-winning and World Fantasy Award nominated science fiction and fantasy magazine, and Forever Magazine.

He recently reported they had just crossed the 50,000 point in their submissions system sometime in April, and thought it might be fun to do a quick analysis of the most popular story titles submitted. Turns out that, although some 88% of the titles authors used were unique, others were rather popular.

Here is Neil’s list (the silly comments underneath are my first thoughts when I saw the titles, I’m afraid):

  • At 1st Place – with 18 entries, was the following single-word title: Dust

Do I detect a Howey influence here?

  • 2nd Place – with 16 entries: The Gift, Home, Hunger, Homecoming

The Hunger Games come home.

  • 3rd Place – with 15 entries: The Box

Which reminds me of the need to think outside…

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