YA Short Pieces

violent_ends_coverCynthia Leitich Smith has written several young adult essays and short stories. These include:

  • “All’s Well,” which appears in VIOLENT ENDS, edited by Shaun David Hutchinson (Simon Pulse, 2015);
  • “Cupid’s Beaux,” which appears in THINGS I’LL NEVER SAY: STORIES ABOUT OUR SECRET SELVES, edited by Ann Angel (Candlewick, 2015)(a TANTALIZE-FERAL universe story);
  • a letter in DEAR TEEN ME: AUTHORS WRITE LETTERS TO THEIR TEEN SELVES, edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally (Zest, 2012);
  • “Mooning Over Broken Stars” (a companion to a story by Joseph Bruchac), which appears in GIRL MEETS BOY: BECAUSE THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY, edited by Kelly Milner Halls (Chronicle, 2012)(discussion guide);
  • “Isolation,” which appears in DEAR BULLY: 70 AUTHORS TELL THEIR STORIES, edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones (HarperTeen, 2011);
  • “The Wrath of Dawn,” which appears in GEEKTASTIC: STORIES FROM THE NERD HERD, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Little, Brown, 2009);
  • “Cat Calls,” which appears in SIDESHOW: TEN ORIGINAL TALES OF FREAKS, ILLUSIONISTS, AND OTHER MATTERS ODD AND MAGICAL, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, 2009)(a TANTALIZE-FERAL universe story);
  • “Haunted Love,” which appears in IMMORTAL: LOVE STORIES WITH BITE, edited by P.C. Cast (BenBella, 2008)(a TANTALIZE-FERAL universe story);
  • “Riding with Rosa” which appears in Cicada magazine (March/April 2005);
  • “A Real-Live Blond Cherokee and His Equally Annoyed Soul Mate,” which appears in MOCCASIN THUNDER: AMERICAN INDIAN STORIES FOR TODAY, edited by Lori Marie Carlson (HarperCollins, 2005).
Author Insights

“Short stories are wonderful venues for experimentation. I tried writing humor, writing for upper YA readers, and writing male point of view–all for the first time through the short form. I’ve also revealed glimpses of my own adolescence through quasi-memoir essays and poetry.”

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